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Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium launches new report on the intrinsic value of the arts in regeneration

23rd June 2011

In this collaborative pilot study, eight arts and cultural organisations in Liverpool (acting together as the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium, or LARC) surveyed audiences and visitors about the impacts of their experiences over the 2009-10 season. This report discusses the range of findings with respect to audiences’ ‘readiness to receive’ the art and the six constructs of intrinsic impact: captivation, emotional resonance, spiritual value, intellectual stimulation, aesthetic growth and social bonding.

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Volunteers the secret to Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre turnaround

23rd June 2011

A little over two years ago, the Trinity Theatre arts centre was in a funding crisis and faced closure. But in a remarkable turnaround the converted Grade II-listed church in Tunbridge Wells has increased audiences by 85 per cent and become a widely-loved cultural asset to the town. Despite losing funding from the Arts Council and Kent County Council, the 279-seat theatre and gallery space has made a profit for the last two years and self-generated income is now 83 per cent of its turnover.

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Islington's Pleasance unveils £4.5m bid to redevelop theatres

22nd June 2011

The Pleasance Theatre Trust is launching a £4.5 million fundraising appeal in a bid to refurbish and extend its London premises and create a support fund for emerging artists. The organisation, which runs a permanent theatre in Islington and 21 venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe annually during August, is looking to make significant changes to both parts of its operation. It intends to create a new 80-seat theatre at its north London home – in addition to its current two performing spaces – as well as three rehearsal rooms and new office facilities.

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Backlash against plan to close Bournemouth Pier’s theatre

22nd June 2011

The National Piers Society has hit out at plans to turn Bournemouth Pier Theatre into an indoor adventure sports attraction. Advertisement. Earlier this month, Openwide International, which manages Bournemouth Pier, applied to the local council to change the use of the 800-seat venue to include climbing walls and indoor surfing as part of a redeveloped wet-weather family attraction.

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Entertainment venue plan for Chester Odeon building thrown out

22nd June 2011

Planning permission has been refused for a cultural and entertainment venue at Chester’s iconic grade two listed Odeon cinema. The application, considered by councillors at a meeting in Winsford, proposed the landmark vacant cinema should be used for retail, café, restaurant, pub/bar and cinema/theatre/performance purposes. It was put forward by South Yorkshire based Hunter Street Ltd.

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Arts must plan further ahead if they want to secure private funding - Michael Kaiser

22nd June 2011

UK arts organisations must programme further in advance if they want to attract more private sector funding, former Royal Opera House chief executive Michael Kaiser has claimed. Kaiser, who is now president of the Kennedy Centre in Washington, was brought over to the UK earlier this month by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give a series of free fundraising seminars for arts organisations across the country.

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New plan for Marine Theatre Lyme Regis:

22nd June 2011

The Marine Theatre is working to secure its future with a new business plan in place. The Lyme Regis theatre was on the brink of closure in December but was saved by a £30,000 grant from Lyme Regis Town Council. Trustees have been working with a professional consultant, paid for by West Dorset District Council, to develop a business plan to get the venue back on track.

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The Philanthropy Review launches call-to-action to raise an extra £2bn for charities by 2015

22nd June 2011

The Review identifies an additional £2bn of income which could be delivered to charities by 2015 by making it easier for people to give, encouraging giving and helping giving become a social norm. The Review sets out its call-to-action, focussing on these three key elements and the measures and mechanisms which could lead to a significant rise giving in the UK.

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ATG to fit sports car-style seating across its theatres

22nd June 2011

Sports car-style seats are to be fitted in the Ambassador Theatre Group’s 39 venues in order to make audiences more comfortable. ProBax seat technology is designed to correct posture, leading to reduced backache and muscle fatigue, while developers also claim that improved blood and oxygen flow increases concentration. The technology is used in Lotus cars and is under trial with aircraft companies across the world.

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Hollywood director supports new arts centre in home town of Helensburgh in Scotland

22nd June 2011

Hollywood director Tom Vaughan has backed plans for a new arts centre in his home town in Scotland. He said he hoped the new centre in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, would inspire other people from the town to follow in his footsteps. Planning permission has already been given for a former Victorian warehouse to be converted into a three-storey arts and entertainment centre, with two digital auditoriums, a 1950s-style diner and an arts space.

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