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Theatre Peckham plan ditched for closed down Children's Museum

22nd July 2010

An ex-children’s museum controversially closed down by the council has no tenant, after prospective new occupants ran into funding problems. The Livesey museum closed in February 2008 as part of that year’s budget cuts. Theatre Peckham were selected as its preferred new occupants the following December, but this week they announced they were pulling out of the agreement.

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Nuffield Theatre cut from Southampton's planned new arts quarter

22nd July 2010

A Southampton theatre has been axed from plans for a major new arts complex, the future of which hangs on a funding decision. The Arts Council will decide whether to confirm a crucial £5.7m grant for the complex – plus an additional £1.5m towards amended plans for an art gallery on the ground floor. Culture bosses at the council insist the £17m project cannot go ahead without the cash.

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Theatr Colwyn fundraising show

22nd July 2010

A community has clubbed together to organise a variety show to raise funds for a Victorian theatre. The show at Theatr Colwyn has been organised to help regenerate the venue while giving performers a chance to appear on stage for the first time.

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Support grows for Gwent Theatre

22nd July 2010

Fans from as far afield as the United States and Hong Kong are protesting at the Arts Council of Wales’ decision to axe all of its funding of Gwent Theatre as from March 2011. The Monmouthshire arts community have been rocked by the news that three leading organisations have lost their funding from The Arts Council of Wales.

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The arts cannot survive on rich backers alone

22nd July 2010

There’s a new idea in Torytown: it’s called Philanthro-capitalism. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt prefers private giving to Arts Council grants, and proposes a 50 per cent cut at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Evening Standard City Editor Chris Blackhurst asks: “Why should the arts be spared the worst?” Well, for two reasons: the arts are cheap, and they’re profitable comments actor and director Samuel West.

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Theatres Trust report calls for better designed theatres and performing arts spaces in schools

22nd July 2010

As MPs debate the Academies Bill this week, The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, publishes a report highlighting the need to improve the quality of theatres and performing arts facilities in schools.

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Devon slashes arts budget

21st July 2010

Devon County Council has cut its culture budget by almost a quarter for 2010/11. Council funds for arts investment and culture projects have dropped from £691,900 in 2009/10 to £530,000 this year – a reduction of 23.4%.

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Half DCMS staff could lose their jobs

21st July 2010

Half the staff working at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could lose their jobs under the cuts programme submitted by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to the Treasury, it was reported today.

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Ambitious plan for £2m events centre – the biggest straw-built building in Europe

21st July 2010

Ambitious plans for a £2 million events centre could bring vital new business and revenue to an East Riding town, it has been claimed. The new community venue, earmarked for Driffield Showground, would feature a 1,200-seat theatre and help attract more events to the area.

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Leisure centre including a new theatre in Northamptonshire shelved over funding

21st July 2010

Work on a £13m leisure centre in Northamptonshire has been been postponed over concerns about cuts in public spending.

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