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    Ikon Eastside gallery fears closure after arts funding cuts


    A pioneering Birmingham art gallery is facing closure as it becomes one of the first casualties of city council funding cuts.
    Ikon Eastside in Digbeth is to have its £200,000-a-year funding pulled completely from April while its city centre sister venue Ikon Gallery will see its contributions reduced by 15 per cent.

    The Eastside gallery, in Fazeley Street, has formed an important part of the regeneration of the urban area as a creative hub since it opened in 2006.

    Representatives from the We Are Eastside consortium are meeting to discuss the closure and the sustainability of the independent cultural sector in the city.
    The council revealed plans to reduce arts funding from just over £12 million a year to £10.2 million a year for the next three years at a meeting on Monday.

    Read the entire story at the Birmingham Post.

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