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South London Theatre wins HLF Support

1st May 2013

The South London Theatre Building Preservation Trust (SLT BPT) has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore its home in West Norwood’s Old Fire Station. A development grant of £157,800 has been awarded to help the SLT BPT progress its plans to apply for a full grant of £1.5million for the project at a later date. The project aims to rescue this important Grade II listed building from the At Risk register and place it at the heart of the community that it was originally built to serve.

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SOLT’s Mark Rubinstein says economic case for arts already proven

30th April 2013

Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, has said that the theatre industry can make the economic case to the government “100 times over, in so many ways,” to justify public funding because it has already shown that investment in the arts brings “huge returns”.

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Works starts at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal

29th April 2013

The first demolition work has taken place at the New Theatre Royal. It heralded the start of the theatre’s £16m rebuild, in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

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NESTA launches A Manifesto for the Creative Economy

28th April 2013

The report presents new estimates suggesting that the UK’s creative economy accounts for around one-tenth of the whole economy. It provides jobs for 2.5 million people – more than in financial services, advanced manufacturing or construction – and in recent years, the creative workforce has grown four times faster than the workforce as a whole.

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It's fine to boost the arts, but we should first redefine them

28th April 2013

Given their importance to the British economy, we must think anew about our cultural industries writes Will Hutton for The Observer.


What Next? taps nation's enthusiasm to champion Britain's cultural life

28th April 2013

What Next? campaign aims to promote public investment in the arts by making culture a ‘manifesto issue’.

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Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre seating fundraising appeal

27th April 2013

Work is already underway to re-design Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre and new seating will be installed this August; the award in January of a substantial grant from Arts Council England’s Small Capital Grants programme is helping to fund the new seating and Bristol City Council have agreed to pay four per cent of the total cost but there is a shortfall of £150,000 which the theatre needs to raise by August and an appeal has been launched that will enable supporters, audience members and partners to be part of the transformation by sponsoring a seat.

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Multi-arts venue to open in old Clapham library

25th April 2013

Former Jermyn Street Theatre artistic director Gene David Kirk has been appoint­ed to run a new arts centre in Clapham, south-west London. Omnibus will open in September in what used to be the Clapham library. Since closing last year, it has been redeveloped into a four-space arts centre, which will host theatre, live music and visual arts. It features two 100-seat spaces and two smaller studios.

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Taunton Brewhouse closure has left £500,000 owed to creditors

25th April 2013

The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton has left its creditors, including theatre companies and ticket holders, an estimated £500,000 out of pocket, according to the venue’s administrator. BDO, which was appointed in February, said the Somerset venue does not have sufficient assets to repay these creditors.

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Maria Miller: a mind already made up?

24th April 2013

The economic case for the arts adds up, says Dan Rebellato for The Guardian, but doesn’t account for the risk that gives culture its true value


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