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Local leaders network Head to head: should councils cut arts funding?

20th June 2013

Local authorities seem to be split on whether arts budgets should be reduced or added to in a time of austerity. Newcastle city council announced 50% cuts to the arts in March, and some councils have opted for a 100% reduction in funding. What are your thoughts on this contentious subject? The Guardian’s Public Service Reform Hub, from the Local Leaders Network ask two local government experts to discuss whether we need to think twice about cuts to the arts


Parliamentary arts debate: is this bland point-scoring as good as it gets?

20th June 2013

A few bright moments aside, it was several hours of mechanical soundbites – and pretty short on evidence of any listening blogs Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian Culture Blog.


Wilton’s Music Hall awarded £1.8m HLF grant to secure its future

20th June 2013

Wilton’s Music Hall in east London has been given a grant of £1.85 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which marks the final step in its fundraising campaign to preserve the venue.

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A Few Plan B’s For Stockton’s Globe Theatre Project

20th June 2013

Sat unused since the 90s, The Globe Theatre in Stockton is awaiting a decision on whether or not it will receive Heritage Lottery funding for its multi-million pound renovation – a decision which is expected in September, according to Stockton Council.

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Haworth Tompkins’ Battersea Arts Centre overhaul plans revealed

20th June 2013

Haworth Tompkins has submitted plans to overhaul the Grade II*-listed Battersea Arts Centre in south-west London. A courtyard theatre, linked performance stages and short-term homes for 24 artists are planned to transform EW Mountford’s former town hall.

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The tortoise & the hare: The Shed by Haworth Tompkins

20th June 2013

Haworth Tompkins’ Shed runs rings around the National Theatre, but is it more than a sideshow? asks Felix Mara in Architects Journal


Stockton Globe renovation plans wait on lottery grant

19th June 2013

The company behind a proposed £4m renovation of Stockton’s Globe Theatre has “no plan B” should the project fail to secure lottery funding. Stuart Monk, managing director of the Globe’s owner Jomast, said the firm was confident an application for Heritage Lottery Fund cash would be successful.

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Nimax chief Nica Burns urges extra protection for theatres

19th June 2013

Theatre leaders should lobby the government for mandatory consultation on new developments close to venues to stop their operations from being threatened, Nimax Theatres chief executive Nica Burns has said.

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New TCPA guidance: ‘Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning

19th June 2013

Culture, art and sports have long been used to drive regeneration, build cohesive communities and improve the image of our villages, towns and cities. This cross-sector guidance, ‘Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning: a good practice guide’, led by leading planning charity the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has brought together bodies from across the planning, culture, arts and sporting professions to help achieve better cultural and leisure offers in our communities.

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Trimleys: Memorial Hall fire follows Three Mariners Blaze

19th June 2013

A public hall has been severely damaged by fire in a village near Felixstowe – the second major blaze in the area in as many days.

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