ACE Thins The Herd

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Arts Council England (ACE) is currently in the process of deciding whether or not to lay off 42 members of staff within its central office in London and save the funding giant £2million in the process.

The press release states that;

"The proposed changes will [deliver] cost savings. Under the current plans there will be a reduction of 42 posts from the current national office. This is a 21% cut in permanent staff. The saving in salary and associated costs as a result of these changes is approximately £2 million per year."

If the proposals go ahead ACE central office will no longer be responsible for distributing funding but will focus on 'advocating' the arts instead. Article19 was under the impression that's what they were supposed to do but we thank them for the clarification.

At present ACE is its own biggest client costing more than £40million to run the council across England as a whole. The organisation was restructured three years ago to form one Arts Council having previously been made up of several Regional Arts Boards.

Peter Hewitt, ACE's Chief Executive, says in the release; "This review of the national office will give the Arts Council the right structure and shape for the 21st century." We can only hope the shape it ends up in is not that of a pear!

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