Southampton’s Grade-II listed theatre has completed its £7.5m renovation. The walls have been repainted, the orchestra pit has been moved below the stage and the building is now connected to adjacent theatre offices.
Calls for unity have been made following comments accusing Arts Council England of appropriating a radical movement and likening the national funder to Nigel Farage playing the sitar at WOMAD festival.
Resources set aside for Paisley and Renfrewshire’s UK City of Culture bid will be redirected to expand capacity for major events and create an organisational development fund to support the growth of the area’s creative sector.
Located just opposite the main site, the former Peckham Road Fire Station building opens this weekend following a renovation. Alongside hosting exhibitions, it will run an education and events programme.
£60k has been granted to a South Shields project to turn a pit head building into a cultural hub. Through the Government’s £6m Coastal Communities Fund, Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre has also been provided with £800k for a project training people working in the tourism and culture sectors.
Although the city remains one of the cheapest in Scotland to buy a house – with an average price of £141k, compared to £169k nationally – house prices jumped by 5.7% in the past year as the museum neared completion, new research finds.
Director Andrew Panton has said that Dundee Rep’s current building is “probably not” the best way to serve the city’s needs, and he would like to see a capital campaign for a venue with more capacity and a studio space.
Perth and Kinross Council has expressed interest in a merger between Horsecross Arts and Culture Perth and Kinross, which have both been directed to save a total of £144k over the next three years. A final recommendation is expected in November.