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Lubetkin quits over cash for Bristol architecture centre


Sasha Lubetkin has resigned as director of the Bristol Architecture Centre, blaming funding problems for her departure.

Lubetkin said, 'Lack of regular funding is the principal problem facing this and other architecture centres.' She hoped the dcms' new champion for architecture would 'take note of the urgent need to provide revenue funding for architecture centres up and down the country. Without this, a wonderful opportunity to communicate architecture to the widest possible audience will inevitably be placed at risk'.

Bristol Architecture Centre, which opened two years ago, receives no regular revenue funding, raising income from its shop, its membership scheme and the hire of meeting rooms, plus its own efforts in securing grants, donations and sponsorship. The city council has offered it a grant of £60,000 over three years to help develop an education programme. The Architecture Centre is seeking matching funding.

Lubetkin said, 'This has been the most exciting and rewarding job I have ever done, but there is a limit to how long one can go on working at the rate I have.' She leaves at the end of February.

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