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Monday, 3 July, 2000, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Arts centre figures reviewed

The centre has failed to attract visitors in numbers
Disappointing attendance figures at one of Wales's newest art centres are being reviewed by the Arts Council for Wales.

The Centre for Visual Arts - which cost 9m to set up - had set a target for 200,000 visitors a year, but to date it has only attracted 30,000.

It is believed that potential visitors may have been put off in part by the cost of admission to the centre.

MP Jon Owen Jones said the centre was "not viable" based on such poor attendance figures.

"There are insufficient people prepared to go and see it," said Mr Jones.

"It is not viable from the figures that I have seen."


Jon Owen Jones MP
Jon Owen Jones MP: 'Not viable'

The Arts Council for Wales is undertaking a review, which is due to be completed in August.

The review is aimed at giving a clear picture of one of Wales's newest attractions.

In February this year, the centre cut four of its 22 core posts, just months after opening last autumn.

The Trustees of the Cardiff Old Library said the decision - forced by budget cuts - had been taken "with regret".

The CVA was launched in September last year after a successful multi-million pound refurbishment of the Old Library, in the city centre.

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