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Mass resignations loom as Arts Council flounders

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Arts Council board members are to resign en masse, as it prepares to discuss salvaging parts of the Richard Rogers Partnership design for London's South Bank. All 23 members will step down over the next four months, for 10 new members to replace them. The council denied the changes had anything to do with the fiasco over Lord Rogers' wavy roof.

Talks during the forthcoming weeks about which parts of the refurbishment to save will not feature the huge roof, though 'it may come back for discussion in a few years'.

The Arts Council refuses to budge on the £75 million grant request, arguing it will mop up all funds for other projects. The culture department is adamant the decision lies with the council.

Peter Hewitt, the secretary-general, will announce an outline vision for the council within the next six weeks, which will then be fleshed out with help from the culture department.

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