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Galleries hopeful on the economy

Galleries hopeful on the economy

A survey on the eve of the London Art Fair, which runs, with Scottish galleries involved, from January 15-19, has found 70% of galleries think the economy will get better in 2014.

More than 60% think there will be an improvement in art market fortunes in 2014.

The survey also found gallerists believe emerging contemporary art is seen as the most undervalued sector of the art market.

Galleries were asked by the pollsters which sectors of the art market are currently undervalued and might come closer to reaching their potential this year.

Emerging contemporary art was mentioned by the highest number of galleries (43%), followed by modern British (16%) and editions (13%).

Scottish galleries involved in this year's show include the Glasgow Print Studio, Ewan Mundy Fine Art and Cyril Gerber Fine Art.

l londonartfair.co.uk

Lion King ends roaring run

Disney's The Lion King will complete a record-breaking run at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday. The award-winning musical, which began on October 11, will close at the theatre having played to more than 325,000 people at 116 performances.

The musical is the largest touring theatre production in UK history and has now been seen by one million people in the first five cities of its UK tour.

The Edinburgh season marked the first run for Disney's acclaimed musical in Scotland.

Of the 325,000 visitors to the Edinburgh Playhouse, 60% were visiting that venue for the first time.

Edinburgh's City Art Centre attracted almost 20,000 people to Exploring The Lion King, a related show.

The touring production now moves on to Plymouth for a seven-week season at the Theatre Royal.

l atgtickets.com/Edinburgh

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