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Vaizey: Arts in line for Lottery funding boost

A projected growth in National Lottery ticket sales could raise £200m of extra cash for the arts sector over the next five years. According to latest estimates, arts min-

ister Ed Vaizey said Arts Council England (ACE) is to net £1.25bn of Lottery income in addition to its grant-in-aid funding. Lottery funding is used by ACE to sup-

port additional projects outside its National Portfolio. However, ACE still faces an over- all cut in public funding due to a 29.6 per cent reduction in grant-in-aid support. Details:

ACE arts funding to ‘go green’

Arts Council England (ACE) has revealed it is to become the world’s first arts funding agency to place environmen- tal sustainability at the heart of funding agreements. National portfolio organi-

sations and Renaissance major partner museums will be asked to measure and improve their water and energy usage as a minimum requirement for support going forward. It is part of a commitment

outlined by ACE chief execu- tive Alan Davey at the recent Tipping Point conference in Newcastle to ‘embed’ environmental sustain- ability into all programmes. “Investing to improve the environmental

Davey: “Improving environmental performance makes financial sense”

we’ve been bombarded with for years – small changes can make a big difference.” Davey also confirmed a new partnership

performance of arts organisations makes hard- headed financial sense,” said Davey. “Te simplicity of these solutions matches the simplicity of the economics. It’s a message

Te new facility will house indoor performances

£1.5m gift for Globe’s Jacobean Theatre plans

Shakespeare’s Globe has received a £1.5m gift from an anonymous private donor towards its plans to open the London ven- ue’s Indoor Jacobean Teatre next year. Te £1.5m donation will be used to match

every pound raised by the Globe and it is hoped the match-giving scheme will encourage more people to contribute. Allies and Morrison were chosen to work

on the £7m scheme, which aims to fulfil Sam Wanamaker’s bid for the Globe to stage both indoor and outdoor performances. Read more:

Latest Fourth Plinth commission unveiled

Elmgreen and Dragset’s large sculpture of a child on a rocking horse has become the latest artwork to occupy the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. Te duo’s Powerless Structures, Fig 101

replaces Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle by Yinka Shonibare, aſter it was commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson last year. Elmgreen and Dragset said: “Te boy

on his rocking horse will have a fascinat- ing viewpoint throughout 2012 as Trafalgar Square will host all kinds of events.” Details:


with arts environmental specialists Julie’s Bicycle, which is designed to offer practical support and advice to funded organisations. Details:

UK City of Culture competition ‘to continue’ for 2017

Te government has announced that the UK’s City of Culture competition is to continue, with a nationwide contest to launch later this year to find who will hold the title in 2017. Culture minister Ed Vaizey said that another UK location will have the opportunity to follow

Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which was named 2013 City of Culture in July 2010. Vaizey said: “Derry-Londonderry has taken

up the challenge and promises a first rate pro- gramme of world-class culture in 2013.” Details:

£10m Greenock arts complex topped out

Renowned musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has helped mark the topping out of a new £10m arts complex being developed in Greenock, Scotland. The LDN Architects-

designed Beacon Arts Centre will open this summer to replace Greenock Arts Guild Teatre, which has been open for more than 60 years. Part of the wider regenera-

tion of industrial land along the Inverclyde waterfront, the new venue will include a 500- seat main auditorium and a 130-seat studio theatre. Tree large rehearsal rooms and a bistro

Beacon Arts Centre contributes to a revamp of Inverclyde’s waterfront Last summer, the Andrew Lloyd Webber

overlooking the river will also be included as part of Beacon Arts Centre, which is being delivered by Graham Construction.

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Foundation announced that it had awarded a £100,000 grant towards the project. Details:

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