Perth arts board’s mass resignations

Most of the board of Horsecross Arts, which runs Perth’s theatre and concert hall, have resigned after a critical external report.

Perth and Kinross Council, which partly funds the venues, said the audit “raised concerns” about the governance and management of Horsecross Arts, although the recently appointed chief executive Nick Williams will remain, with the backing of council leader Murray Lyle.

Perth Theatre reopened two years ago after a £16.6m refurbishment, as a spearhead to a £53m culture-led regeneration programme for the city.

Horsecross Arts was set up in 2005 to run Perth Concert Hall and "refresh and reposition" Perth Theatre with a broad education and community programme.

In May this year Horsecross Arts was made the subject of what was expected to be a review by the council after concerns were expressed about the charity’s financial management, and the theatre had had disappointing audiences. The interim chief executive, Mike Griffiths, said then that savings had been made which would “inevitably… have some impact on the programmes of both the concert hall and the theatre”.

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