Arts outreach projects should focus on ‘fun’, report says

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19 Apr 2017

Work with local communities is challenging and most likely to succeed in collaboration with organisations that already target those communities, according to a new report. 

New York opera security scare after powder sprinkled into orchestra pit

31 Oct 2016

The Metropolitan Opera cancelled a performance during the interval as a safety precaution after somebody sprinkled an unknown powder into the pit.

Library scoops £3,000 in the National Lottery Awards

25 Aug 2016

St Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs attracted over 2,000 votes to be named Best Arts Project for its work promoting health and wellbeing.

New £750k scheme to support major artwork sharing

21 Apr 2017

The ‘Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund’, supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and the Art Fund, will help regional museums and galleries exhibit major art works from national institutions. £600k will be awarded through grants, alongside £100k for training and networking opportunities, and £50k for a detailed evaluation of the scheme.

Council selects new operator for Fairfield Halls

21 Apr 2017

Social enterprise BH Live, which runs events and hospitality services at venues in the south of England, has been selected to run the new Fairfield Halls when it reopens as a "cultural hub" for Croydon. More than half of the programming will be "community-based" and the company has made a commitment to "inspire and develop new artistic talent".

Bankside flat owners launch legal action against Tate

21 Apr 2017

Five residents in luxury flats neighbouring Tate Modern have claimed a viewing platform, located in the gallery’s new extension, has created a state of “near constant surveillance” and breaches their human rights.

Plans unveiled to save Peterborough theatre destined for luxury flats

21 Apr 2017

Entrepreneur Peter Dawe and festival organiser Mark Ringer are currently in discussion with the owners of the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, about taking over the venue.

‘Largest rehearsal space in central London’ to open in May

21 Apr 2017

London’s New Diorama Theatre has announced that ND2, a 4,000-square-metre space, will open from May. It will be a creative hub by day and an events space by night.

Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise

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21 Apr 2017

A new survey will inform how the Arts Council of Wales encourages the arts sector to make a greater contribution to health and wellbeing.

Internships threaten diversity in the creative industries

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21 Apr 2017

Young people in creative occupations are almost 50% more likely to have had a parent working in a professional position while growing up, new research has found.

National Theatre launches initiative to develop British musicals

20 Apr 2017

Leading playwrights and composers have been brought together for a two-year project, supported by six-figure funding through the Genesis Foundation, to address a “lack of seriousness” about musicals in the UK and to provide a “seedbed” for new work.

Drama students launch campaign to shame schools' lack of diversity

20 Apr 2017

The Diversity School Initiative, set up by Royal Central School of Speech and Drama student Steven Kavuma, aims to lobby drama schools to develop more inclusive curriculums and facilities, and hold schools accountable for their diversity decision making.

Poland to merge two high-profile war museums

19 Apr 2017

(IN POLISH) The Second World War and Westerplatte museums will combine to create a new Museum of World War II, Culture Minister Piotr Gliński has announced. The news follows an intervention by the Polish Supreme Administrative Court to overrule a lower court’s decision to block the merger.

Henry Moore Studios to undergo £7m redevelopment

19 Apr 2017

The new-look studios in Hertfordshire will bring the entire Henry Moore Archive together in a new building, which will include further project space for digitisation and a new visitor centre.

Birmingham selects Susan Philipsz’s design for £2m art installation

19 Apr 2017

A ‘singing clock’, to be created by Turner-Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz, will be installed at the site of a planned high-speed railway station in the city, mostly financed by corporate sponsors and key stakeholders.
The news follows the city council’s decision to cut funding to major arts organisations in the city by 32% in 2017/18.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

Initiative to preserve historic recordings launched by British Library

18 Apr 2017

The £19m project will see almost half a million physical recordings, including theatre and music clips, digitised and stored in a network of ten sound preservation centres across the country.

Royal Opera House forced to defend fundraising campaign

18 Apr 2017

After its costume appeal prompted a few “wry comments” on Twitter, the Royal Opera House has been moved by the Telegraph to explain its use of charity fundraising tactics.

Creative industries are key to growth, Government told

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18 Apr 2017

In a new blueprint for economic growth, the Creative Industries Federation is calling for the enterprise zone programme to be extended to the creative industries.

Lords propose charity reforms

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13 Apr 2017

Measures for improving governance, social investment and services commissioning by public bodies have been put forward in a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.

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