Ten galleries in Wales await funding allocation - Museums Association

Ten galleries in Wales await funding allocation

Budget for visual-arts organisations depends on Art Council Wales funding
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Arts Council Wales will cease funding 32 organisations that receive £3.6m in total from 2011 after a review of its spending.

As part of the review the council has earmarked funding for 10 visual arts organisations from April 2011 but these grants are dependent on the level of funding awarded to the arts council by the Welsh Assembly Government in December.

Funding has been allocated to Artes Mundi and g39, Cardiff; Ffotogallery, Penarth; Mission Gallery and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran; Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen; Mostyn, Llandudno; Oriel Davies, Newtown; and Ruthin Craft Centre.

But a spokesman for Visual Art Galleries Wales said: "A significant caveat is that these organisations will need to have detailed discussions with the arts council between now and December on development proposals, and whether these are affordable within the funding envelope agreed by the assembly government.

"The size of that envelope will, of course, be affected by the wider government cuts to public spending."

The online contemporary art resource Axis, Newport Museum and Art Gallery (which receives £42,374) and Oriel Wrecsam arts centre (£87,668) will lose arts council funding next year. The annual grant for the public art agency Safle is also set to be axed.

“Discussions are ongoing with the arts council and we are confident that a way forward will be established to not only retain the gallery, but to improve the service,” said an Oriel Wrecsam spokeswoman.

Later this year, it will announce plans to reduce administrative costs. “We will look at all aspects of our running costs, including staffing,” said a spokeswoman.

Image: Ruthin Craft Centre



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