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Maria Miller calls for arts to focus on economic case for funding

24th April 2013

Culture secretary Maria Miller has called on the arts to focus on making an economic argument for continued government investment in the sector. In a keynote speech delivered at the British Museum today, Miller emphasised that the coalition government was committed to a “mixed economy model where targeted public funding will stimulate money from other sources”, but called on the arts sector to help her ‘reframe’ the argument for state funding of the arts to convince her government colleagues and the public.

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Maria Miller: Arts must make economic case

24th April 2013

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on its economic, not artistic, value. She told arts executives in a speech that they must “hammer home the value of culture to our economy”. Ms Miller said: “When times are tough and money is tight, our focus must be on culture’s economic impact.” But National Theatre boss Sir Nicholas Hytner said there was “a contradiction at the heart of her thinking”.pay”.

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£4.5m Arts Centre planned for Ringwood Hampshire

23rd April 2013

Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society, in partnership with Greyfriars Community Centre, are planning to develop a new multi-use arts centre on the old Activities Centre site at Greyfriars. The new centre will include a 280-seat theatre / cinema with retractable seating; 160 places at tables for functions; large space for dances, proms, conferences and exhibitions, and bar facilities for smaller meetings, lunches and dinners.

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South Devon Arts Centre to open in Totnes

23rd April 2013

The South Devon Arts Centre (SDAC) on the site of a former bike showroom in Totnes is being run by a community not-for-profit group. The venue will hold 300 people when it opens on 31 May and will host live music, comedy and theatre. It is expected to create 11 jobs.

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Brighton Hippodrome could become a cinema

22nd April 2013

Developers have revealed £18 million plans to revamp a historic entertainment venue that once played host to The Beatles. The Grade II* listed Hippodrome, in Middle Street, Brighton, has been empty since 2007. After lengthy discussions, Alaska Development Consultants has revealed plans to transform the Victorian venue into an eight screen cinema.

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Mackintosh steady, Lloyd Webber drops two places in Sunday Times Rich List

22nd April 2013

With a private fortune estimated at £825 million, Cameron Mackintosh is the highest-ranking creative talent listed in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to open in January 2014

22nd April 2013

John Webster’s macabre tragedy The Duchess of Malfi has been announced as the opening production on 9 January 2014 at the Globe’s new indoor theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse..

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Kenton Theatre’s sign bid turned down

22nd April 2013

Plans to install an illuminated sign at the Kenton Theatre in Henley have been rejected by South Oxfordshire district councillors. Trustees of the New Street theatre applied for a 3.7m x 60cm burgundy aluminium sign to be placed above the canopy, supported by decorative brackets in the same colour. Members of the council’s planning committee visited the theatre on Monday and at a meeting on Wednesday rejected the application by eight votes to two.

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Hudson Architects appointed to Diss Corn Hall restoration

19th April 2013

Hudson Architects has been appointed to the £2.5 million redevelopment of the historic Corn Hall arts venue and the surrounding streets in Diss, Norfolk. The practice will submit plans by autumn for the restoration of the grade II-listed Corn Hall and the development of the wider public realm which extends to the market square.

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Two Wisbech theatres join forces and sign partnership agreement

19th April 2013

Wisbech’s newest theatre has joined forces with the town’s oldest theatrical institution. The Act Theatre, which opened last month within the Thomas Clarkson Academy complex, and the Angles Theatre have signed a partnership agreement, which will see the Angles Theatre manage the box office, show staging and front of house duties.

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