The BFI is to cut a number of staff (The Guardian reports 37 jobs, or 8% of the current total, but others argue it will be more) and close an art gallery, as it tries to absorb its new financial realities.
The gallery at BFI Southbank, which opened in 2007, aimed to reflect the increasing importance of filmmakers who work in fine and visual arts. A recent exhibition featured the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Thai director of this year's Palme d'Or- winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. However, the gallery has always seemed slightly at odds with the BFI's remit, particularly now that under government plans it will take on many of the duties performed by the UK Film Council.
The gallery space will be used to house the BFI's library, currently held at Stephen Street, just off Tottenham Court Road. The Institute also plans to develop a digital on-demand service.
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