London galleries face closure
Friday 17 December 1993
The visual arts department of the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is to be disbanded by next month, to save the centre pounds 100,000 from its wages bill.
The cash-starved Serpentine in Kensington Gardens learnt that the Department of National Heritage believes that its rent-free status should change. An annual levy of pounds 60,000, rising in five years to pounds 90,000, has been proposed. A spokeswoman said that it would close if forced to pay such a bill.
Meanwhile, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is to apply to the Charity Commissioners for a change in its charitable status.
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