£20m to drive cultural regeneration in 16 areas across England

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17 Mar 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme will be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later this year.

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.

Central School of Ballet to move to London’s South Bank

22 Mar 2017

The move from its Clerkenwell home to a site in-between Tate Modern and the National Theatre will cost the Central School of Ballet £6m.

North Devon theatres saved as council steps in

22 Mar 2017

North Devon Council plans to bring in a ‘caretaker operator’ to reopen the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe after the trust running them went into administration.

Squatters turn Manchester’s Cornerhouse cinema into arts space

22 Mar 2017

A group of around 20 men and women have taken over the building, which has been vacant since the cinema moved to the new HOME complex, and plan to put on film screenings, workshops and music events.

Cuts force museum to sever ties with National Portrait Gallery

22 Mar 2017

Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales has been forced to end a long-term loan agreement with London’s National Portrait Gallery after Denbighshire County Council cut its funding by 40%.

Gainsborough painting vandalised at National Gallery

22 Mar 2017

A 63-year-old homeless man has been arreseted and charged after allegedly attacking ‘The Morning Walk’ with a drill bit on Saturday afternoon. He was detained by gallery assistants with the help of several visitors.

Collaborative network broadens arts offer in Yorkshire

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22 Mar 2017

The knowledge-sharing Small Venues Network intends to take on an additional 20 members later this year.

Cardiff venues call on council to protect live music scene

21 Mar 2017

In response to venue closures and the proposed opening of a hotel on Womanby Street, campaigners have called on the city council to designate the street an area of cultural significance for music and performing arts.

Cultural festival planned for 2018 European Championships in Glasgow

21 Mar 2017

An 11-day programme, set to run alongside the first European Sports Championships, will take place in August 2018 and transform George Square into a hub for dance, music, comedy and theatre.

Arts Council collaborates on arts projects with South Korea

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20 Mar 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

London Gallery forced to close after protests

20 Mar 2017

LD50, the gallery in Dalston accused of promoting hate speech and ‘alt-right’ exhibitions, has shut down following protests and has “no imminent plans to reopen”.

BBC Radio 4 plans prioritise arts

20 Mar 2017

The talk station is to introduce a wave of new creative programmes, including an arts interview series in prime time, in a bid to do for the arts ‘what the BBC has done for science’.

Arts Council England to move all funding programmes onto Grantium

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17 Mar 2017

A planned evaluation of the much-criticised funding portal will not lead to them retiring the system, ACE has confirmed.

More cash for arts organisations to crowdfund

17 Mar 2017

A DCMS-backed funding programme is set to extend the value of match funding offered to arts organisations raising funds through crowdfunding.

Online ticket touts face unlimited fine

17 Mar 2017

Echoing a recent decision in the US, Parliament is considering making it illegal to use ‘bots’ to bypass maximum limits and bulk-purchase tickets, which touts can then sell for inflated prices on secondary sites.

Bush Theatre reopens after £4.3m revamp

17 Mar 2017

A new studio space and attic rehearsal room will allow the theatre to increase its produced, co-produced and commissioned productions by 50%, and will become home to associate artists including Milk Presents, Deafinitely Theatre and ANTLER.

Welsh boys choir allegedly denied arts funding for excluding girls

17 Mar 2017

Only Boys Aloud founder Tim Rhys-Evans told the Welsh Assembly his organisation’s bid for regular funding was turned down by the Arts Council of Wales as the lesser offer for girls caused “some issues”.

President Trump to scrap America’s national arts funding agency

16 Mar 2017

In his first federal budget plan, the President of the United States has proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The move would save about $300 million of the $1.1 trillion of annual discretionary spending.

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