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ARTS & CULTURE London rules, regions suffer


According to new figures from Arts & Business, London receives 90 per cent of all donations to the arts across the UK. By comparison, the South East region, which sits in second, has only a 2.5 per cent share of all donations while in the North East they receive less than 1 per cent of the donation pie. Te London region received


funding of more than £335m where as the lowest funded region, the North East, received just over £3.2m towards the arts. Te research by Arts & Business, a char- ity seeking to connect arts bodies with donors, said that there had been a rise in individ- ual giving, money received from trusts and foundations, as well as business investment, which combined saw a rise of £46.8m (21.9 per cent) to £660.5m total over the past year. Arts & Business director Philip Spedding has


London-based arts events and facilities receive 90 per cent of donations


expressed sustainability concerns, stating that despite a rise in private donations, some are spending more than they’re generating. Heritage received the largest chunk of


the funding at 34.4 per cent while festi- val and dance received just 2.7 per cent and 3.1 per cent of total funding respectively. Details: http://lei.sr?a=j4A5P


Culture for All grants given to local projects in NI Culture for All offers grants of up to £10,000


Te latest £147,475 funding from Big Lottery Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Culture for All Programme will be used to enable pupils with learning difficulties and isolated older people to take part in the UK City of Culture celebrations.


to communities across Northern Ireland that want to play a part in the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2013. Community organisa- tions can apply for funding up until the end of August. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p9M6Y


Arts Council award £18m to 11 consortia


Arts Council England has awarded more than £18m to 11 consortia based across England in the latest round of its Creative people and places fund. Projects to ben- efit include a consortium led by Beamish, Te Living Museum of the North. The £1.5m initiative will bring internationally recognised artists to East Durham for a locally-directed programme of exhibitions and events. In the East Midlands,


Beamish was among those to benefit and received £1.5m of funding


a project led by Creswell Heritage Trust was awarded £1.5m for a col- laborative project bringing together artists and communities. Te University of Sunderland won £2m for a project titled The Cultural Spring, one aspect of which will allow empty homes to be transformed into art galleries.


© CYBERTREK 2013 Te 11 consortia that were awarded funding


are made up of museums and other relevant bodies in partnership with the local commu- nity, grass roots organisations and the amateur sector. Tey will receive funding over the next three years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=c9a4o


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