Creative Industries Federation pulls out of election event with Labour

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19 May 2017

The industry body said it was forced to drop out as Labour would not commit to “proper scrutiny”.

Healthcare provider to prescribe reading, dancing and singing

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16 May 2017

Halton CCG’s manifesto for wellbeing commits the organisation to commissioning cultural activity, which it says can support wellbeing in ways that other methods cannot.

Europe-wide project aims to create network of minority theatres

04 May 2017

(IN CROATIAN) Five minority theatres in Romania, Italy, Serbia, Albania and Croatia will combine to produce a play and a series of workshops in Spring 2018 using European Union funding.

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.

Equity to accelerate drive for equality in theatre

24 May 2017

At the union’s Annual Representative Conference, members voted in favour of a professional development scheme for deaf and disabled theatre professionals and a campaign for more diversity on arts organisations’ boards. The union also committed to tackling bullying and mental health issues in the industry, and lobbying government to protect the rights of workers from the European Union after Brexit.

Outcry as Falmouth University prepares to axe arts courses

24 May 2017

Two petitions calling for the continuation of Falmouth University’s bachelor degree in contemporary crafts and foundation course in art and design have attracted more than 15,500 signatures.

Scotland begins consultation on new culture strategy

24 May 2017

Artists and cultural workers have been invited to discuss Scotland’s new culture strategy with Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop at an event in Glasgow. The Strategy, which is due to be published in late 2018, will focus on “access, equity and excellence”.

Ireland reviews cap on Per Cent for Art scheme

24 May 2017

The government scheme, which supports art projects associated with public building developments, is being reviewed with a view to making more money available for artists.

Only dance degree course in Northern Ireland axed

22 May 2017

Ulster University has dropped its BA Honours dance course following an internal review, prompted by cuts to the region’s education budget in 2014/15.

New online database to host millions of digitised artworks

22 May 2017

14 institutions, including the Courtauld Institute and the Frick Collection, are collaborating to create the ‘PHAROS’ searchable database, which plans to host around 25 million images of artworks and supplementary materials when complete.

Government predicts fewer creative subject teachers next year

19 May 2017

The Department for Education’s teacher supply model predictions for 2017-18 find a huge increase in the need for teachers of subjects included in the English Baccalaureate, while the demand for teachers in creative subjects is set to fall by up to 11%.

Birmingham Museum shelves £18m revamp plans

19 May 2017

Five teams were due to be shortlisted for a £2.6m design contract to improve exhibition spaces at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, but the tender has been cancelled. Birmingham Museums Trust blamed the decision on a “major scope and major time revision” generated by “a key stakeholder”.

New research to examine workplace bullying in the arts

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19 May 2017

Those with experience of bullying in the arts and cultural sector are invited to give confidential feedback to inform a new book.

Conservatives reaffirm drive to compulsory EBacc

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18 May 2017

Manifesto pledges would see the party deliver on earlier proposals for 90% of pupils to study the EBacc, and establish a new curriculum fund to develop “knowledge-rich” classroom resources.

Council cashes in on sale of rare paintings

18 May 2017

Artworks in Cambridgeshire County Council's collection have been sold at auction for 12 times their estimated value. Cash from the disposal will be used to provide "cultural opportunities for our younger residents".

Arts “essential” for quality of life, says Lib Dem manifesto

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17 May 2017

Removing barriers that prevent pupils from studying the arts in schools is one of a limited range of pledges to support cultural activity.

Museums across Europe targeted by oil protestors

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16 May 2017

The British Museum confiscated items including bow ties and waistcoats from campaigners in London because it was “not aware of what the protestors intended to do with them”.

Companies to report on racial pay gap under Tory plans

16 May 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May will force companies with more than 250 employees to publish data on racial pay gaps if she wins next month’s election. The move would cover organisations including the National Theatre, Arts Council England and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Army hosts fringe venue in Edinburgh

16 May 2017

Six pieces of work will take place at Army@TheFringe, located on a working barracks on the outskirts of New Town.

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