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Arts project wins 2m of funding

Union Terrace Gardens
Councillors earlier voted to give the arts centre 3m in funding

Scottish Enterprise has approved funding of 2m for Aberdeen's planned centre for contemporary arts, BBC Scotland can reveal.

Aberdeen City Council last month voted to give 3m in funding to the Peacock project in Union Terrace Gardens.

Now Scottish Enterprise has confirmed that it will support the project.

BBC Scotland can also reveal Scottish Enterprise will not be helping Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre out of its funding difficulties.

Every success

Earlier this month, Aberdeen City Council helped the centre with a 2m loan.

Scottish Enterprise said it was keen to assist the AECC board with advice and guidance.

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre [Pic courtesy of Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre]
Aberdeen City Council helped the centre with a 2m loan

However it would not be a source of deficit funding.

Meanwhile, Scottish Enterprise said it wished Peacock Arts every success in raising another 4m of funding from the private sector.

The Scottish Arts Council has described the contemporary arts centre as a "world-class facility".

It could attract about 200,000 visitors a year and bring an estimated 5m annually into the local economy.


SEE ALSO
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29 Sep 08 |  North East/N Isles
Plea made over art centre funding
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Cash for contemporary arts centre
28 Mar 08 |  North East/N Isles
Art venue support sparks division
28 Feb 08 |  North East/N Isles
City centre arts venue approved
27 Feb 08 |  North East/N Isles
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06 Dec 07 |  North East/N Isles

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