University of Salford close CUBE gallery due to losses

An art gallery dedicated to the "urban built environment" has been closed because of financial losses.

CUBE gallery on Portland Street, Manchester has been supported by the University of Salford's school of the built environment since 2003.

A university spokesman said the move came after the gallery incurred losses for three years and the institution had "explored options" to try and save it.

A CUBE spokesman said it was "very sad" the city had lost the gallery.

He said: "It is such a shame for Manchester to lose an art institution, particularly one which exhibited the artwork of students."

A University of Salford spokesman said: "In view of financial losses incurred by CUBE over the past three years, we have carefully considered its future.

"We have explored a variety of options, including the possibility of alternative funding arrangements, but it is with regret that the CUBE Gallery will close."

The gallery, described as a "centre for the exploration of the urban built environment", opened in 1998.

CUBE's final exhibition, a showcase of work from a group of artists and teachers who met while studying at Manchester Metropolitan University, ended on Monday.

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