New life as artistic hub for Birmingham’s Junction Works building

Work has begun to transform a run-down listed building in Birmingham into a new home for artists. Charity Grand Union, which runs a gallery and artist studios in the city, is working with landlord Homes England on the scheme to bring new life back to the grade II Junction Works complex in Digbeth. It has secured £500,000 from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), a further £25,000 from developer Stoford and £150,000 of private funding for phase one of the works. This will see the front part of the building renovated to…

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V&A Museum, London. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

UK museum and attraction visits down by 70% in 2020

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has released 2020 visitor numbers which saw an annual decline of 70 per cent due to the unprecedent impacts of the pandemic. Due to influx in overseas tourists, UK visitor attractions enjoyed a strong start to 2020. However, through the first national lockdown (imposed March 2020) British museums and attractions visitor numbers declined by 66 per cent. By Summer, outdoor sites were given the greenlight to reopen earlier than indoor attractions – making greenspace destinations more popular than ever before. For the first…

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Atlas Cinema, Istanbul

Historic Atlas Cinema in Istanbul opened by President Erdogan

Erdoğan joined by Jason Statham, Guy Ritchie in Istanbul cinema opening President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was joined by British director Guy Ritchie and actor Jason Statham during an inauguration ceremony for a historic Istanbul cinema on Friday. The Turkish president’s rare encounter with non-Turkish celebrities took place as he participated in the reopening ceremony of the historic Atlas Cinema and the Istanbul Cinema Museum, following a two-year restoration project, OdaTV news site said. Organisers of the event honoured Erdoğan on his birthday, which coincided with the event, Oda TV said, with Erdoğan cutting a surprise…

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