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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