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ARTS & CULTURE New £4m King Richard III centre

Detailed plans have been unveiled for a new multi-mil- lion pound King Richard III visitor centre in the heart of Leicester’s Old Town. The former Leicester

Grammar School building at St Martin’s Place will be transformed to house a new exhibition, entitled ‘Richard III: Dynasty, Death and Discovery’ which will guide visitors through the story of the king’s life, brutal death at Bosworth Field in 1485, and the story of his rediscovery. The centre, which is due

Southampton’s Arts complex making headway

The city of Southampton may have its new arts complex by 2015 according to the Southampton Cultural Development Trust, which is spearheading the project. The trust says around 90 per cent of the funding required for the £21m proj- ect has already been secured with the remaining funds expected to come from private donors. Project developer Grosvenor has selected

CZWG to design the mixed-use cultural scheme which will encompass 100,000 sq ſt (9,290 sq m) of space fronting onto Guildhall Square. It will house the John Hansard Gallery,

Te centre is designed by Architects Maber and design firm Studio MB

to open in March 2014, is expected to attract 100,000 visitors and bring in over £4.5m to the city’s economy in its first year. Designed by Architects Maber and design

company Studio MB, the project will transform both the inside and outside of the Victorian Gothic building. Two floors of exhibition space

will be created and a new covered area allowing visitors access to the grave in which Richard’s remains were discovered last summer. There will also be a new courtyard gar-

den, glass entrance hall, viewing balcony, cafe and visitor entry from Peacock Lane. Details:

Kirkcaldy Galleries reopens after £2.5m revamp

A single venue museum, library and art gallery in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, has reopened aſter a £2.5m, 18-month refurbishment. The Kirkcaldy Galleries now houses a

refurbished art gallery, museum, library, café and Visit Scotland information centre.

Te building was reopened by former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who said: “Te mod- ernisation of the library will be of as much benefit to today’s younger generation as the library was to me when I was growing up in Kirkcaldy.”Details:

Bath creative arts centre gets green light

Bath and North East Somerset Council have given the go- ahead for a new Centre for the Arts at Bath University. Set to open its doors by the end of 2014, the four- storey building will feature a number of dance studios, a full-size theatre, a range of performance spaces and orchestra-sized rehearsal studios. Te centre, which is part of a larger £100m campus improvement programme, will also house the city’s only dedicated contemporary art exhibition space. Cons tr uction

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Leadbitter has been appointed as the build- ing contractors and work will begin on site in mid-June Te centre will be open to stu- dents and the public and a range of classes,


workshops, performances and exhibitions will be on offer. An education suite will host execu- tive training and development from the School of Management. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps Winner: Te MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Arts centres feature on annual RIBA list of winners

Te Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the winners of its 2013 awards in recognition of architectural achievement. Tere were 52 winners in all, 43 from the UK and nine from the EU. Winners included architects Hackett

Te four-storey building is set to open to students and the public in 2014

Hall McKnight for the new contempo- rary arts centre MAC in Belfast, Northern Ireland and HAT Projects for its work on the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. Te winners will make the shortlist for

the prestigious Stirling Prize for best build- ing of the year. Te prize will be presented on 26 September 2013 at Central St Martins in London. For the full list of the 2013 winners, see:

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a community-focussed video and film resource centre known as City Eye and flexible performance spaces. The arts complex forms part of the

Southampton City Council’s vision for a Cultural Quarter which is esti- mated will cost the city around £175m. Details:

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