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Brighton Venues Under Threat

Two of Brighton's best-known venues are struggling with massive debts, it has been revealed.

The Komedia owes nearly £320,000 to businesses, including local promoters, food and drink suppliers, arts groups and magazines.

And the charity running Hove's Old Market complex has amassed £900,000 of debts.

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Win Tickets To Worthing's Ice Rink

Worthing's town centre has a new attraction this month: historic Steyne Gardens has been turned into an ice rink by Worthing Town Centre Initiative.

And thanks to the Artists and Makers website, you could take your family or friends for a free turn - we've bagged four tickets for half term week, which is fast selling out. 

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Win tickets to Cabaret at Brighton's Theatre Royal

In our second ticket competition for Artists and Makers, we’ve got a pair of tickets worth up to £31 each up for grabs to see Brighton Theatre Royal’s lavish production of Cabaret (13-17 January).
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When Public Art Goes Bad

There's art everywhere you look today, from the humble bench to the beach front.

It's become a received wisdom that public art is a Good Thing. But - on the day that Thomas Heatherwick Studios have reached a £1.7 million out-of court settlement after the biggest sculpture in the UK started dropping spikes - it's worth noting that things all too often go wrong, even when they didn't have to.

Heatherwick's 'B Of The Bang' is – at 56 metres – more than twice the height of the Angel of the North. The sculpture was erected in 2004, to mark the Manchester Commonwealth games two years earlier. By early 2006, a week before the sculpture's official opening, the first spike had fallen and the sculpture was cordoned off.

A badly made sculpture is the worst outcome at the end of the long process. But things can start going bad much earlier than that.

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How Green Is Craft?

Makers often contrast themselves against the corporate system. Believing the one off and small batch production work is inherently more green, than producing millions of products in far-away places, then shipping them round the world, up the motorway to shops in town centres throughout the UK.

But really how green is art and craft?

Defenders of corporate mass production claim that it is the most efficient way of manufacturing products. In an ideal world companies get a great designer to perfect their product, they work out the best and most efficient form of producing it in bulk using minimum materials and energy, test it to distraction and therefore deliver to the consumer well priced and designed products which make efficient use of energy and materials
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Shoreham Airshow

One thing that the RAFA Shoreham Airshow prides itself on is the true ‘family day out’ – and this is no different.

Unlike many of the popular sea side events, Shoreham is a real airshow with many of the aircraft being based at the airfield giving visitors the opportunity to meet the pilots and look at the aircraft from close quarters. The show takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August.
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Rebuild Skylon In Worthing!

A group of Worthing artists and businesses are backing ambitious plans to rebuild London's Skylon - but think it would look better on Worthing seafront than its previous home on London's South Bank.

The Skylon was the iconic landmark at the centre of the 1951 Festival of Britain, and its 300 foot high rocket shape was a dramatic, futuristic addition to London's post-war skyline. Architects and artists are hoping to rebuild the Skylon to mark the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain in 2011, and have launched a national 'Rebuild The Skylon' campaign.
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RSC's Manifesto For Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is launching Stand up for Shakespeare - a manifesto to bring Shakespeare alive in the classroom.

The manifesto calls for children, young people and teachers to:

Do it on your feet – explore plays actively and practically in the classroom, as actors do
See it live – see live performances
Start it earlier – introduce Shakespeare as early as possible

"When I was 12 years old my English teacher got me to read Shylock out loud; to act it, live it, become it," says Patrick Stewart, fresh from two Shakespeare productions at Chichester Festival Theatre. "If he had not done so I might not have played Antony, Prospero, Malvolio, Macbeth these past two years. I support this manifesto enthusiastically."
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Powerful Public Art Proposed For Empty Plinth

Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare and Bob & Roberta Smith have put forward tabloid-baiting proposals to fill the empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

Jeremy Deller hopes to exhibit The Spoils of War (Memorial for an unknown civilian), the remains of a vehicle that has been destroyed in an attack on civilians in Iraq.

Tracey Emin presents Something for the Future, a sculpture of a small group of meerkats, a symbol of unity and safety.

Antony Gormley aims to blur the boundaries between sculpture and performance art with One and Other, a proposal that the fourth plinth is occupied 24 hours a day by members of the public who have volunteered to stand on it for an hour.

Bob and Roberta Smith's propose L'Art, pas La Guerre (Make Art, Not War), an illuminated peace sign powered by the sun and the wind.

Deller, Emin and the Smiths using the UK's most martial square for sculptures concerned with peace and security is fantastic. Antony Gormley's proposal could also be interpreted in the light of the Iraq war; one million peoace protestors marched on Trafalgar Square and were ignored, and he puts the public back in centre stage, one at a time.
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Mark Wallinger Wins Turner Prize

Mark Wallinger is a deserving winner of the 2007 Turner Prize, having beaten Zarina Bhimji, Nathan Coley and Mike Nelson.

Most artists, faced with the scale of the war in Iraq, have turned away. Wallinger, faced with the same topic, turned to Brian Haw, who the artist has dubbed 'the last protestor'.

Wallinger completed a 40 metre long reconstruction of Haw's Parliament Square protest, including photographs, cartoons, toys, home-made banners and a Banksy original. The reconstruction cost £90,000, and was based on a series of digital images the artist took days before police destroyed the protest.