Gallery 'The Public' to close

The future of the The Public Arts Centre in West Bromwich to be discussed today by Sandwell Councillors.

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Arts Council 'disappointed' at The Public closure

The Arts Council says it's disappointed at Sandwell Council's decision to end its contract to run The Public arts centre in West Bromwich.

It's after councillors decided the running of the building was too costly, in a review over funding.

An Arts Council spokesperson said:**

**“Thanks to the good work undertaken by Sandwell Arts Trust, the Public has become a much valued arts centre for the people of Sandwell. While we understand that there are pressures on local authority budgets, we are disappointed to hear that Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council will not be extending the current contract with the Trust to run The Public as a dedicated arts centre. We will continue our conversations with the Council and all interested parties to ensure that a future of high quality arts provision and opportunities are made available to the people of the Black Country.

“Sandwell Arts Trust has a three-year funding agreement with Arts Council England to provide an arts and digital programme. This offers them a total of £600,000, which equates to £200,000 per year ending in 2015. They have currently received £300,000, and following Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’s announcement this afternoon, we will be reviewing this funding.”

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