letter Dept.Culture,Arts and Leisure to Miriam De Burca
Department of Culture Arts and Leisure,
Interpoint, York Street, Belfast BT15 1AQ.
24th April, 2006
Dear Ms De Burca,
Thank you for your further email to the Minister's Private secretary regarding the closure of the Ormeau Baths Gallery. I have been asked to reply.
As previously stated, the Arts Council did not take the decision to cease funding OBG lightly. Problems in governance, management and financial deficit proved insurmountable.
The Arts Council is working with a number of partners towards re-opening the gallery facilities in OBG. Some functions of the gallery are already up and running and the Arts Council is confident that it will re-open to the public in the summer with a full exhibition programme.
The Arts Council is currently directly managing the gallery. However, it is their intention that it should be managed by an independent entity and that in the future it will serve a broad audience as well as the diverse range of practices that make up the visual arts.
I hope you will find this information useful.