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IN BRIEF ARTS & CULTURE


Funding boost for Battersea Arts Centre Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) has been awarded £150,000 by Wandsworth Council towards an overhaul of the Grade II*-listed Old Town Hall's Grand Hall on Lavender Hill. The council has contributed the funding as part of the Town Centre Improvement Scheme, which aims to enable businesses to access grants and interest-free loans towards renovation schemes. Efforts to revamp the council-owned property first started in 2008 when BAC was granted a 125-year lease on the venue, with the first 20 years rent-free.


South London Gallery unveils extension A new extension, which aims


to provide more space for art, artists and visitors, has been opened at the South London Gallery (SLG) in Camberwell. The attraction has now expanded into a former derelict house and an education studio, which has created three small gallery spaces and a café. The education studio – the Clore Studio – is designed to increase SLG's capacity for outreach activities four-fold. Arts Council England contributed £322,000 to help fund the project, which was designed by 6a Architects.


Aberdeen theatre scheme moves forward Efforts to secure funding for


the redevelopment of Aberdeen's historic Tivoli Theatre – part of the Green Township Heritage Initiative (THI) – have taken a step forward. Brian Hendry, chair of the Tivoli Theatre Management Company, has met the condition for demonstrating that the Grade A-listed venue will be able to be brought back into use. Up to £520,000 is available to help fund repairs to the Tivoli's exterior.


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Funding agency outlines how it will implement savings after its budget is reduced By Tom Walker


Arts Council England (ACE) has revealed the measures it will be forced to take in order to implement the £19m cuts imposed on its budget by the coalition government. The funding reduction is in


addition to an earlier in-year reduction of £4m, confirmed in the April 2009 Budget, which means that the Arts Council's original 2010-11 budget has been reduced by a total of £23m – from £468m to £445m. In a statement, ACE an-


nounced that to alleviate the blow, it has withdrawn £9m of the Arts Council's historic reserves, access to which was previously blocked by govern- ment. The emergency funding


ACE chair Dame Liz Forgan said cuts will be "difficult to manage"


means that the cut to regularly funded organisations' income from Arts Council in 2010-11 will be limited to 0.5 per cent. The cuts will include £9m


from the Arts Council's historic reserves; £6m from savings due to the postponement of a


major public engagement project and cuts to audience development plans. ACE's budget for the next


three years (2011-14) will be decided in the government's Spending Review, for which results are due in the autumn.


Funding shortage puts Hornsea arts plan in doubt By Luke Tuchscherer


Plans for a new £5m arts venue in Hornsea have been placed in doubt due to a lack of funding. The scheme was given the


green light by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) in May, with the authority agreeing to put up £3m towards the total cost of the venue. However, ERYC is still waiting


for a decision from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward on the remaining £2m.


can to support this project but the outlook for the new centre in its present form is not good. "If we could have moved


faster, I am confident we could have got the funding package sorted and been getting on with the job to the benefit of Hornsea residents and visitors." A 313sq m (3,369sq ft)


The proposed new arts facility Council leader Stephen


Parnaby, said: "The council will of course continue to do all it


auditorium capable of accom- modating 300 people, a 65sq m (700sq ft) stage area and changing facilities are among the plans for the new venue.


Scottish government formally unveils Creative Scotland


Creative Scotland – the agency tasked with supporting and developing the country's arts and creative industries – has been formally launched by the Scottish Government. The organisation, which will be the first


public body in Scotland to have equal legal status for its Gaelic (Alba Chruthachail) and


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English names, is based in Edinburgh and is chaired by Sir Sandy Crombie. Its responsibilities will include the identifica-


tion, support and development of excellence in arts and culture and the promotion of understanding and appreciation of the sector, as well as to increase participation.


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