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Yorkshire arts organisations experience major Arts Council cuts today, with a few Leeds success stories

Feature: Leeds Art Cuts

As the Arts Council England distribute their £19 million cuts today, our local arts organisations have been given their fate in figures, amounting to some £138.966 in cuts for Yorkshire. The ACE distributes money to hundreds of arts venues, theatre groups and galleries across the country.

Perhaps worst of all in the region is the Theatre Royal Wakefield‘s news that funding for the long-established theatre will be cut completely by this time next year.

Northern Ballet (pictured) has been told that it will receive around 25% less (£800k) in 2012/2013 than it took to successfully run the company in 2010/11. This significant reduction to income is a disappointing blow for the company, which only recently took up residence in a new, purpose-built home on Quarry Hill.

For fellow Quarry Hill dance centre residents Phoenix Dance Theatre the result was also a disappointment. The company have suffered an 11% reduction in funding compared with what they received in 2010/11, and will receive 17% less than what they applied for.

York Theatre Royal has experienced a percentage loss of 8.3, and will now have £3,059 less to spend on the theatre over the upcoming year.

Opera North and Yorkshire Sculpture Park both report cuts of around 6%.

Not all businesses are let down however, with Yorkshire Dance delighted to announce that their application to the National Portfolio Funding programme, in which a small group of organisations gain an extra cash injection, has been a success. They will receive around £1m in National Portfolio funding by 2015 while they report ACE funding worth £185,639 for 2011-2012 (a 6.9% reduction on 2010/2011). South Asian Arts-UK also gain National Portfolio Funding, with a percentage increase of 33.1%. Similarly, the West Yorkshire Playhouse‘s ACE funding is down, but they have received a stand still grant. A statement from the theatre reads: ‘The Playhouse is determined to make this grant work exceptionally hard and find ways to support smaller organisations and artists from across the UK, alongside presenting a full programme of work’. Leeds’ other big theatre, the Grand Theatre and Opera House is unaffected since it is not an ACE funded establishment.

The support of audiences now becomes more crucial than ever to the success of our local arts businesses around Yorkshire, as the effects of today’s drastic cuts take their toll on our region.

Posted on Wednesday 30th March 2011

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