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  1. After seeing on Wiltshire Arts Blog, ‘Studio in the Woods 2013’ I was fortunate to get a bursery place on this exciting programme at Stanton Park in Swindon. Take a look at there website ! elaine

    • Thanks for your comment and we hope our (Wiltshire Council) response clarifies the circumstances: Salisbury receives the lion’s share of the £550,000 allocated to support the arts. Two-thirds of this budget is spent on the Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Festival and Salisbury Arts Centre. The other third is allocated to support arts across the rest of Wiltshire.

      A reduction of £89,000 will be made to the Arts Centre funding, which is 10 per cent of their total income throughout the year. The centre’s income comes from grants, earned income and philanthrophy. It currently leases its building, St Edmunds Church, from Wiltshire Council on a peppercorn rent of £1 a year with the council having responsibility for external maintenance and repair.

      We have been working closely with Salisbury Arts Centre and we will continue to provide support to help them explore other avenues for funding. We have also suggested that the three arts organisations in Salisbury continue to work collaboratively to deliver a vibrant programme of arts in the future and they are already exploring sharing services and reducing their costs through collaboration.

      Prior to the full council meeting on 24 February meetings were held with the Arts Centre to discuss the scale of the budgetary pressures on the council and the need for them to consider a potential reduction in funding. The financial pressures facing the council were also well publicised and discussed with all the arts organisations that the council supports over the last three years. Formal notification of the reduction was sent following the council’s decision to approve the budget and the savings of £30 million.

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