Страницы контентаDesignПроекты в FAQFAQКатегории в FAQQuestions and answersВопросы в FAQWould arts subsidies play a role in the construction of Gagarin Square? Основные параметрыПоле H1Would arts subsidies play a role in the construction of Gagarin Square? ВопросWould arts subsidies play a role in the construction of Gagarin Square? Ответ на вопросIn the course of public consultation on the Gagarin Square project, the majority of visitors on-line or to the public exhibition for the project at the “ART ACADEMY CAFÉ since July 2012 have praised the design and admired the boldness of returning a piece of the WEST END to this area, north of Elephant and Castle. Many have also raised questions about arts subsidies, the place for commercial space in new arts constructions, and the creation of new models of independent theatre development, crucial especially in these times where Westminster is broke. This essay is an attempt to answer. To convert an existing building into a restaurant and gallery such as has been done at the Menier is not unusual throughout the UK. Arts Council money is unnecessary unless you have a no admissions fee policy such as at the National Portrait Gallery, for example. (We doubt if its restaurant profits are sufficient to provide the upkeep of the Gallery). A theatre was added to the Menier Gallery and Restaurant, built in time for its use for two years as one of the Globe’s rehearsal studios. The question as to theatre subsidy revolves around property economics. The majority of developers dismiss thoughts of theatre when planning the ground floors of big commercial projects because a pre-let to a big name retailer can help to underpin the finance required for building the commercial space above. Many developers will remember a dark tale of a developer-patron of the arts who went bust by signing up an arts cuckoo into his retail nest. Their cuckoo needed continuous fund-feeding and nearly bankrupted the entire enterprise.The Russian developers of Gagarin Square have to be as canny as their northern counterparts in the frozen North of Scotland. They understand that a theatre entrepreneur like David Babani at the Menier is a rare bird.Unlike cuckoos the “Babani bird” can be given an empty nest and within a short time create a thriving independent theatre. If David Babani were to run the Gagarin Theatre then his replacement in a few years time will be required for the Menier Theatre. If there was no Menier Theatre, that is no successful entrepreneurial model adjacent to the new Gagarin Theatre, then a search for a new Gagarin Theatre impresario might be a tough task. The pool of talented theatre people in London overflows with those who expect continuous subsidy, if not from the state then from a wealthy patron. If we were to begin to recruit for a new post now, we doubt that there are more than half a dozen suitable candidates in the whole of the United Kingdom. You only have to go to certain other off-West End theatres and pick up their programmes to see theatres teams structured like small civil service departments – heads, deputy heads, assistants, deputy assistants all jostle for a billing. The Russian backers of Gagarin know that the new Gagarin Theatre will be a larger version of the successful, independent Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre. The financial formula is simple: the 100,000 square-feet Gagarin Square will have a 4/5 residential and commercial space content, and a 1/5 arts (theatre, gallery etc) space content. The vitality of the building’s arts activity, with its successful theatre, gallery, and restaurant will enable the commercial lettings and residential sales to achieve good rental or sales prices to cover the cost of building an empty 20% arts space which will itself be let to Babani or one of his fledglings. See 'Design Philosophy' in ''Design' to read a fuller analysis on this subject.Ответы автораОтвет с форматированием<p>In the course of public consultation on the Gagarin Square project, the majority of visitors on-line or to the public exhibition for the project at the &ldquo;ART ACADEMY CAF&Eacute; since July 2012 have praised the design and admired the boldness of returning a piece of the WEST END to this area, north of Elephant and Castle. Many have also raised questions about arts subsidies, the place for commercial space in new arts constructions, and the creation of new models of independent theatre development, crucial especially in these times where Westminster is broke. This essay is an attempt to answer. To convert an existing building into a restaurant and gallery such as has been done at the Menier is not unusual throughout the UK. Arts Council money is unnecessary unless you have a no admissions fee policy such as at the National Portrait Gallery, for example. (We doubt if its restaurant profits are sufficient to provide the upkeep of the Gallery).</p> <p>A theatre was added to the Menier Gallery and Restaurant, built in time for its use for two years as one of the Globe&rsquo;s rehearsal studios. The question as to theatre subsidy revolves around property economics. The majority of developers dismiss thoughts of theatre when planning the ground floors of big commercial projects because a pre-let to a big name retailer can help to underpin the finance required for building the commercial space above. Many developers will remember a dark tale of a developer-patron of the arts who went bust by signing up an arts cuckoo into his retail nest. Their cuckoo needed continuous fund-feeding and nearly bankrupted the entire enterprise.</p> <p>The Russian developers of Gagarin Square have to be as canny as their northern counterparts in the frozen North of Scotland. They understand that a theatre entrepreneur like David Babani at the Menier is a rare bird.Unlike cuckoos the &ldquo;Babani bird&rdquo; can be given an empty nest and within a short time create a thriving independent theatre. If David Babani were to run the Gagarin Theatre then his replacement in a few years time will be required for the Menier Theatre. If there was no Menier Theatre, that is no successful entrepreneurial model adjacent to the new Gagarin Theatre, then a search for a new Gagarin Theatre impresario might be a tough task. The pool of talented theatre people in London overflows with those who expect continuous subsidy, if not from the state then from a wealthy patron. If we were to begin to recruit for a new post now, we doubt that there are more than half a dozen suitable candidates in the whole of the United Kingdom.</p> <p>You only have to go to certain other off-West End theatres and pick up their programmes to see theatres teams structured like small civil service departments &ndash; heads, deputy heads, assistants, deputy assistants all jostle for a billing. The Russian backers of Gagarin know that the new Gagarin Theatre will be a larger version of the successful, independent Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre. The financial formula is simple: the 100,000 square-feet Gagarin Square will have a 4/5 residential and commercial space content, and a 1/5 arts (theatre, gallery etc) space content. The vitality of the building&rsquo;s arts activity, with its successful theatre, gallery, and restaurant will enable the commercial lettings and residential sales to achieve good rental or sales prices to cover the cost of building an empty 20% arts space which will itself be let to Babani or one of his fledglings. See 'Design Philosophy' in ''Design' to read a fuller analysis on this subject.</p>