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Arts & CulturE ACE to take on museums role PeTe HaymaN


Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced that Arts Council England (ACE) is likely to take on responsi- bilities currently held by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). A series of key functions


that are currently undertaken by the MLA are to transfer to ACE by the end of March 2012, subject to the approval of its National Council. If approved, ACE will


be responsible for the Renaissance in the Regions programme; work to develop museums and libraries through accreditation; and statutory cultural property functions. Additional funding worth more than £46m


a year will be provided from 2012-13 to help ACE deliver the additional functions, while £1.3m extra support will go directly towards


Te development of museums is ‘likely’ to come under ACE’s remit


the British Museum’s efforts to co-ordinate the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Vaizey said: “ACE has an exciting oppor-


tunity to integrate the MLA’s expertise and bridge some artificial divides between different aspects of cultural funding and get the maxi- mum bang for the taxpayer’s buck.”


Government to outline philanthropy plans PeTe HaymaN


Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is to set out detailed plans for increasing philanthropic donations to the arts by the end of the year. Speaking to philanthropists, private busi- nesses and fundraisers at an event organised


Neville Gabie will take up a 16-month residency


by Cause4, Hunt outlined his ambitions for a “mixed model of funding” for the sector. Te government is looking to encourage the


private sector to help boost funding for the arts industry aſter revealing a 29.6 per cent cut in Arts Council England’s budget last month.


Work to start on Doncaster scheme PeTe HaymaN


Muse Developments is to start work on the first phase of Doncaster’s multi-million pound Civic and Cultural Quarter scheme. New civic offices and a one-


stop shop for the council’s customer services will com- prise Stage One of the £300m regeneration scheme, which was approved in September. Meanwhile, work on a new £22.3m performance venue, the first public square and other first phase elements will get underway in early 2011. Funding for the Civic and


Olympic Park artist-in- residence appointed


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Artist Neville Gabie has been appointed by the Olympic Delivery Authority for a 16-month residency to deliver a number of schemes across the Olympic Park. Sam Wilkinson of InSite Arts has been


named curator as part of the Arts Council England-backed scheme, which aims to tar- get communities and the 2012 workforce. Gabie and Wilkinson will be tasked with


delivering a series of participatory schemes that will aim to capture diverse communi- ties and experiences from across the site.


New era for Liverpool’s Neptune theatre


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Liverpool City Council (LCC) has reached agreement with David Ramsey to extend the underlease of the city’s historic Neptune theatre to 12 years. It is anticipated the deal between LCC


A new £22.3m performance venue is at the heart of the proposals


Cultural Quarter project has been provided by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund’s allocation for the Yorkshire and Humber area.


© cybertrek 2010 Doncaster Council’s Jonathan Wood said:


“While many developments in other parts of the country have failed to materialise, this major regeneration programme is on track.”


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and Ramsey will help ensure that the venue is more attractive to potential operators that have a long-term vision for the theatre. A £155,000 offer from Ramsey on behalf


of Hanover Estates for the lease of the the- atre building has also been accepted by LCC, which will run for 135 years.


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Funding package set aside for Dumfries theatre


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Funding worth £315,000 has been ear- marked by Dumfries and Galloway Council to help save the Dumfries Teatre Royal. The funding, which will go for final


approval on 7 December, will be put towards repair work that will extend the venue’s life by 10 years. Alan Henry, master of the theatre’s Guild


of Players, told Leisure Opportunities: “We hope to be able to raise additional funding from a number of other sources so that we can upgrade the building and facilities.”


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