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Andrew Dixon outlines Creative Scotland’s new approach

20th May 2010

Andrew Dixon, the recently appointed chief executive of Creative Scotland, has promised that the organisation will look at Scotland differently from the way cultural agencies have done in the past. Speaking to an international audience in Edinburgh a week after taking up the post he signalled a semantic change from a “funding” culture to an “investing” culture within the new organisation, which will be directed at places as well as at sectors.

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£717,000 boost for Buxton New Mills arts centre

20th May 2010

A versatile arts complex is to be created in New Mills after a project was awarded £717,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The St James the Less Preservation Trust, which has been working on the project for five years, will use the funding to purchase, restore and convert the Grade II listed church of St James the Less, on Spring Bank.

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Belfast's Lyric lays solid foundation

20th May 2010

As Belfast’s iconic Lyric Theatre continues its run of plays in its temporary home at the Elmwood Hall, a major milestone has (literally – given the literary inscription) been passed. The laying of the original Lyric Theatre’s foundation stone in the new theatre, (also being built on the original Ridgeway Street location) has taken place.

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Curtain rises on Oxford Pegasus theatre's £7.4m revamp

20th May 2010

Work on a £7.4m revamp of East Oxford’s Pegasus Theatre has now been completed, with the Magdalen Road venue looking to re-open on September 4. New facilities include a state of the art dance studio, complete with sprung floor, floor to ceiling mirrors and a ballet barre, a large workshop which links directly to the stage, dressing rooms, café, new foyer and box office area, and offices above.

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Davey demands ‘rational arguments’ for arts funding

19th May 2010

Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has called on the cultural sector to help it make a “rational” argument to government about the importance of funding for the arts, in order to avoid heavy cuts in this autumn’s spending review.

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Jeremy Hunt warns arts leaders of “tough” times ahead

19th May 2010

New culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned the arts sector that it must be prepared to accept its “share of the pain” come the Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn. Hunt today unveiled proposals to redirect an extra £50 million a year from the Lottery to the arts sector, but warned that in the short term this extra cash might not outweigh cuts made to exchequer funding.

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Theatre honoured with top award for putting environmental issues centre stage

19th May 2010

The Arcola Theatre in Hackney, East London has become the first theatre in the UK to achieve a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

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Hackney community group hit first in coalition government's £6 billion cuts

19th May 2010

All in the same week, a Hackney based Theatre company found it’s self being the recipient of a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and amongst the first victims of the new coalition government spending cuts.

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New lease of life for Gwyn Hall

18th May 2010

Refurbishment work has started on the Gwyn Hall in Neath, Wales more than two years after the building was almost destroyed by fire. The venue, which shows both professional and amateur productions, was nearing the end of a refurbishment project in 2007 when fire ripped through the venue.

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Old Vic tunnels taking theatre back underground

18th May 2010

Beneath the capital a new performance venue is stirring. Metro talks to the people taking theatre back underground. Down a side street, away from the taxis congregating at the front of Waterloo station, is a nondescript metal door barely glanced at by commuters hurrying past. Welcome to the Old Vic’s new theatre space, deep inside the alarmingly large network of disused tunnels that lie beneath the mainline train routes that carry thousands of passengers into Waterloo station every day.

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