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Petition: Opposing flats in the Whiteladies Picture House

25 March 2014

12 months ago, Melinbrand, the current owners of the Whiteladies Road cinema were refused their application & appeal to turn the cinema building into flats and a gym. Their new application for flats and a three screen cinema is not at all sympathetic to the building's fabric or history and will not create the live performance space envisioned by the separate Whiteladies Picture House campaign.

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Our branch's motion to the 2014 ARC

10 March 2014

Our branch has submitted its motion for consideration at the union's Annual Representative's Conference in May 2014. The focus of our motion is access to Mental Health support for our members.

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Is acting today just too tough?

21 February 2014

THE GUARDIAN (ARCHIVE 23.07.2013): Are the recent deaths of high-profile actors tragic one-offs? Or is the profession now too precarious? Michael Simkins, a veteran of stage and screen, lifts the lid on a lonely world.
***We are re-printing this article due to its relevance to our branch's motion to this year's Equity ARC.***

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Everyman Cinema for Whiteladies Road

19 February 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: A cinema could return to Whiteladies Road as early as autumn 2015 as Everyman are revealed as the operators who could restore the former Picture House to its former glory.

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Bristol Old Vic given go-ahead for £12m refurbishment

19 February 2014

BBC NEWS: Plans to modernise Bristol's Old Vic theatre, which include exposing a wall to the public for the first time since the 1760s, have been approved. Some £12m will be spent refurbishing the foyer of the 250-year-old theatre, its studio theatre, 18th Century Coopers' Hall and bar cafe areas.

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Bristol arts groups avoid 10% funding cut following campaign win

19 February 2014

THE STAGE: A proposal to reduce Bristol City Council’s arts budget by nearly 10% has been withdrawn following widespread opposition by local cultural groups. ***This article includes a comment from our branch secretary, Sarah Buckland***

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Interview with Dick Penny, managing director, Watershed

18 February 2014

THE GUARDIAN: The Bristol arts centre chief on the city's unique creative position, its elected mayor and stepping out of your comfort zone

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Bristol budget debate: Labour councillor defends arts cut U-turn

18 February 2014

BRISTOL 24-7: Cllr Sean Beynon said in a statement that the arts budget did not deserve “special protection” or that they should “never come under scrutiny”

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New Pinewood Studios in Wales

18 February 2014

BRISTOL CULTURE: Pinewood are teaming up with the Welsh Government to create a new film and TV facility in Cardiff. The Welsh government will invest up to £30m into projects brought by Pinewood, aimed at increasing film and TV production in Wales which in turn could spread over the Severn to Bristol.

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Whiteladies Road cinema plans submitted to Bristol City Council

18 February 2014

BRISTOL POST: Plans have been submitted and an operator announced as the dream of a return for a cinema on Whiteladies Road moves closer to becoming a reality. Operator Everyman has been chosen to run the cinema if the plans, submitted to council last week, are approved.

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first posted 1 November 2013