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Plans to build a new arts centre in the heart of Plymouth have been dealt a major blow today after failing to win funding from the Arts Council.
The city's arts centre needed the money so it could move to a new home.
But there were many other venues in the region that did win significant funding, including the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.
The Royal Albert Museum in Exeter and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery have been awarded £3.1 million by Arts Council England and have been named as Major Partner Museums for 2015/2018.
They will receive the grant in aid funding for a programme of activities that make a major contribution to the Arts Council’s goals.
In total 83 organisations in the south west will be in the National portfolio for 2015/18 including the 13 theatres, galleries and arts organisations in Devon that will together receive around £10.4million in funding over the three years.
Three organisations join the National portfolio for the first time - Exeter Northcott Theatre Company, Kaleider and The Bike Shed Theatre
Phil Gibby, area director of Arts Council England, says
"We're delighted to have the Northcott back in. It's been a difficult few years for them but they have turned themselves around and they are a real part of the success story today.
We haven't funded everything we would like in Devon. There is still work to do but we have good local authority partners and others and we look forward to working with them, going forward."
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