Decisions to be made on which arts organisations will lose funds in £25m cuts

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THE head of the Arts Council says he fears for the future of the arts outside London, ahead of £25m of fresh funding cuts.

Sir Peter Bazalgette said decisions loomed on which of 696 “National Portfolio Organisations” – including five in Southampton – will continue to receive cash from next year.

Overall funding will plunge by £25m, despite the Arts Council switching cash from the national lottery to ease some of the pain of steep Government cuts.

Meanwhile, local authorities, the main funder of arts organisations and projects, faced many more years of their own cuts, Sir Peter said.

Giving evidence to an inquiry by MPs, he warned: “The area I’m most concerned about is outside London “It’s more difficult to raise money philanthropically and many arts institutions are co-funded with local authorities. Those authorities are, in parallel, under great spending pressure.

“Reductions to local authority funding will go on for another three or four years. There’s a possibility that we will lose a very large slug of arts funding – it’s a great concern.”

A total of 696 organisations are receiving £1billion from the Arts Council between 2012 and 2015, including five in Southampton:

  • Nuffield Theatre – which “creates inspirational performances for Southampton and further afield” and presents visiting artists.
  • John Hansard Gallery – visual art, based on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.
  • Art Asia – which promotes a “rich and exciting experience of South Asian arts” in Southampton and across the South East.
  • Southampton City Council.
  • A branch of Artswork – which helps run projects for young people.

Groups have been told they must show they are “distinct and complementary” to avoid being struck off the funding list from 2015.

But Sir Peter added: “We are confident that, when we come out of where we are, we will have preserved most of that portfolio. That will be quite an achievement.”

The inquiry, by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, has been set up to explore growing protests that London grabs too much of the shrinking pot.

But Sir Peter told MPs he was shifting cash to the regions, which now received 70 per cent of funds – up from 60 per cent over most of the period since 1995.

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2:15pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Brite Spark says...

That headline stinks.
That headline stinks. Brite Spark
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2:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

KSO16R says...

Brite Spark wrote:
That headline stinks.
Very good : )
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: That headline stinks.[/p][/quote]Very good : ) KSO16R
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2:36pm Thu 26 Jun 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Can't the cash rich University fund it's own Art installations? Why are they publicly funded?
Can't the cash rich University fund it's own Art installations? Why are they publicly funded? 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 3

2:57pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Crazywolf says...

London is packed with arts centres, why can't they just make all the cuts in London? as usual the rest of the UK will suffer at the hands of the London-centric government.
London is packed with arts centres, why can't they just make all the cuts in London? as usual the rest of the UK will suffer at the hands of the London-centric government. Crazywolf
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Stapleman says...

Don't see what all the fuss is about, simply sell tickets at the events to cover costs of these organisations, if they don't sell there is not a need for them. If people want to see what they do, they will pay for it. Give people the choice, do they want their council tax spent on the arts or what it was originally for, upkeep of the the city etc. Perhaps the people in these organisations could get proper jobs and do their "arty stuff" voluntarily, most are registered charities after all.
Don't see what all the fuss is about, simply sell tickets at the events to cover costs of these organisations, if they don't sell there is not a need for them. If people want to see what they do, they will pay for it. Give people the choice, do they want their council tax spent on the arts or what it was originally for, upkeep of the the city etc. Perhaps the people in these organisations could get proper jobs and do their "arty stuff" voluntarily, most are registered charities after all. Stapleman
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Don't worry, a new 'landmark' arts centre is on it's way!
Don't worry, a new 'landmark' arts centre is on it's way! 03alpe01
  • Score: -3

5:30pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Graeme Harrison says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Don't worry, a new 'landmark' arts centre is on it's way!
At Eastpoint?
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Don't worry, a new 'landmark' arts centre is on it's way![/p][/quote]At Eastpoint? Graeme Harrison
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6:45pm Thu 26 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Don't worry, a new 'landmark' arts centre is on it's way!
At Eastpoint?
City Centre ?
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Don't worry, a new 'landmark' arts centre is on it's way![/p][/quote]At Eastpoint?[/p][/quote]City Centre ? 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

10:14pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Saint Botley says...

If Soton council continue to back the arts whilst other cities in the south put them on back burner, we could become a quite a hub of culture. Now, I know what you're going to say but we've already got one of the best galleries outside of London. And a very decent theatre. With the new arts complex on the way too, Southampton could stage some genuinely impressive stuff. Could be real draw for the place, give visitors a reason to come here. The potential is there.
If Soton council continue to back the arts whilst other cities in the south put them on back burner, we could become a quite a hub of culture. Now, I know what you're going to say but we've already got one of the best galleries outside of London. And a very decent theatre. With the new arts complex on the way too, Southampton could stage some genuinely impressive stuff. Could be real draw for the place, give visitors a reason to come here. The potential is there. Saint Botley
  • Score: -2

8:44am Fri 27 Jun 14

Stapleman says...

Saint Botley wrote:
If Soton council continue to back the arts whilst other cities in the south put them on back burner, we could become a quite a hub of culture. Now, I know what you're going to say but we've already got one of the best galleries outside of London. And a very decent theatre. With the new arts complex on the way too, Southampton could stage some genuinely impressive stuff. Could be real draw for the place, give visitors a reason to come here. The potential is there.
Lets not run before we can walk, this council has difficulty providing the very basic services this city needs, clean it up and maintain it before trying to attract more people here
[quote][p][bold]Saint Botley[/bold] wrote: If Soton council continue to back the arts whilst other cities in the south put them on back burner, we could become a quite a hub of culture. Now, I know what you're going to say but we've already got one of the best galleries outside of London. And a very decent theatre. With the new arts complex on the way too, Southampton could stage some genuinely impressive stuff. Could be real draw for the place, give visitors a reason to come here. The potential is there.[/p][/quote]Lets not run before we can walk, this council has difficulty providing the very basic services this city needs, clean it up and maintain it before trying to attract more people here Stapleman
  • Score: 1

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