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Arts Council England announces its funding decisions and new National Portfolio of Arts Organisations

30th March 2011

Arts Council England unveiled its National portfolio of funded organisations, following its landmark decision in 2010 to introduce a new funding system and framework for the arts in England, and the 29.6% grant in aid (GIA) cut to its 2011-2015 budget from government. 14.9% of this cut has been passed on to the budget for portfolio organisations.

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Stafford Gatehouse Theatre to open after revamp

30th March 2011

A Staffordshire theatre will have a full house when it opens after a £200,000 refurbishment. Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has installed new seating and lighting and improved acoustics.

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The Core at Corby Cube wins Arts Council funding

30th March 2011

A new theatre in Northamptonshire has secured Arts Council funding for the next four years. The Core at Corby Cube has been given £140,000 for 2012/13, rising to nearly £147,000 in 2014/15.

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Somerset theatres' funding blow from Arts Council

30th March 2011

Two theatres in Somerset have lost their funding from the Arts Council. The Brewhouse in Taunton and Merlin Theatre in Frome applied for £260,000 and £211,000 respectively.

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Boston Blackfriars theatre director's local help plea suggestion for those affected by ACE cuts

30th March 2011

The chairman of a Lincolnshire theatre has said venues affected by Arts Council England funding cuts should seek help from their local community. Graham Armour is from the Blackfriars Theatre in Boston, which faced closure after losing its funding three years ago. The theatre was saved by a local campaign group, which now runs the venue on a voluntary basis.

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Transformation and Revelation UK Performance Design Exhibition now open

29th March 2011

The Society of British Theatre Designers will present the National exhibition ‘Transformation & Revelation’ UK Design for Performance 2007 – 2011 at the RWCMD in Cardiff until April 16th. This is a unique opportunity to preview this extraordinary collection of work before it travels in part to represent the UK at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition this summer

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Comment: A great act of vandalism that will impoverish us all

28th March 2011

This culture-gutting coalition claims to care about both happiness and economic growth – so why cut arts funding? blogs Polly Toynbee for The Guardian.

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Belfast's Lyric Theatre re-opens for rehearsals

28th March 2011

Belfast’s newly-rebuilt Lyric Theatre is set to open on Monday 4th April for its first rehearsals. The first production in the theatre, which cost £18m to re-build, will be Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

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Arts world gets creative in funding crisis

28th March 2011

With public grants for the arts shrinking, many venues and artists are looking for new ways to fund their works. From fan funding to hosting weddings on stage, here are some of the more innovative schemes that arts bodies around the UK are turning to.

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MPs attack arts council in select committee report

28th March 2011

Politicians have warned that Arts Council England has left itself open to accusations that its decision-making process on the new National Portfolio “lacked rigour”, in a select committee report which is highly critical of the quango. The report claims that cuts could be “disastrous” for the arts, but says that the culture world should “share the burden” of public sector savings.

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