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University drafted in to decide Architecture Week's fate

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Leeds Metroploitan University will help decide on whether Architecture Week will continue

The Arts Council has appointed Leeds Metropolitan University to help determine the future of Architecture Week.

Earlier this year, the AJ revealed that the 2008 festival had been cancelled after the Arts Council withdrew its £600,000 funding (AJ 05.07.07).

‘We have appointed Leeds Metropolitan University to conduct an evaluation of Architecture Week,’ said Vivienne Bennett, director of visual arts strategy at Arts Council England.

‘No decisions about its future will be made until after the evaluation findings are presented in spring 2008.’

Bennett continued: ‘The visual arts are one of the Arts Council’s priorities for 2008-2011 and this will be reflected in our levels of investment in the sector over the next three years.’

Speaking at the time of the cancellation of the event, Richard Rogers, who has been involved in many Architecture Week events, said: ‘I can’t tell you how strongly I feel about this. We must see Architecture Week continue.’

Architecture Week is the only nationwide festival celebrating the built environment. This year the festival – hailed by the Arts Council as the most successful to date – included more than 800 events, including favourites such as the ‘Architect in the House’ programme.

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