Thursday, 25 May 2017
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Ticket sales are down at some arts organisations as a “direct and understandable result of the attack”.

Major arts centres across England have increased security in the wake of the suicide bomb attack at the Manchester Arena this week, which killed 22 people and injured 59 others. While some arts organisations said subsequent performances and ticket sales were unaffected, others suggested sales had fallen as a “direct and understandable result of the attack”. Manchester organisations including HOME... read more
Friday, 19 May 2017

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

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Rwendland (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikime

The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has pulled out of a planned election event with Labour after the party would not commit to “proper scrutiny”. Although CIF organised a similar event with Conservative Culture Minister Matt Hancock this week, at which he answered questions on Brexit, the... read more
Friday, 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.

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Researchers examining workplace bullying are inviting feedback from anyone with experience of bullying in the arts and cultural sector. Anne-Marie Quigg, author of ‘Bullying in the Arts’, is co-writing a chapter for a new book on workplace bullying with Piers Jackson. In 2013, a survey of 4,000... read more
Thursday, 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.

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75% of pupils will be expected to enter for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) combination of GCSEs by the end of the next parliament if the Conservative party wins next month’s general election. The party manifesto sets out ambitions for all children to have access to “an academic, knowledge-rich... read more
Wednesday, 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.

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The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto for the June 2017 general election recognises the arts, media and sports as “essential for personal fulfilment and quality of life,” noting that they “are part of what turns a group of people into a community”. But while pledging to “continue to invest in our... read more
Tuesday, 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”.

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Kristian Buus

Protestors in London, Paris and Amsterdam targeted museums last week in response to continuing big oil sponsorship of cultural institutions. Campaign group BP or not BP staged an “oily cashmob” in the BP-sponsored British Museum; Libérons le Louvre released a flock of origami birds at the Total-... read more
Tuesday, 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.

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A healthcare provider in Cheshire has committed to prescribing reading, dancing and other forms of cultural engagement to people in the local area. NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for planning NHS services for more than 125,000 people, says its “more than medicine”... read more
Friday, 12 May 2017

Labour’s draft manifesto outlines plans to put creativity at the heart of education and make a £1bn investment in ‘creative clusters’, but offers no increases in direct funding for the arts.

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A pledge to deliver “culture for all” is among a raft of proposals put forward in Labour’s draft manifesto for the forthcoming general election. The manifesto presents a series of measures that will “do more to open the arts and creative industries to everyone,” although it makes no commitment to... read more
Friday, 12 May 2017

A comparison of 16 world cities shows the capital’s £1.2bn annual spend is behind only Moscow and Paris.

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Culture spending in London is the third highest in the world, when compared to 16 world cities, according to a major new comparative study. The World Cities Culture Finance report tracks global culture spending across Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia, assessing the place of cultural... read more
Thursday, 11 May 2017

1,000 older people will benefit from the extension of a ‘Dance to Health’ programme involving arts partners including Yorkshire Dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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Sara Teresa

The rollout of a dance-based falls prevention programme by arts and health charity Aesop will see 1,000 older people benefit from a new £2.3m investment. The programme will run for two years from October 2017, during which time 63 interventions will take place across England in Wales. These will be... read more
Tuesday, 09 May 2017

The introduction of two-year Open Project Funding is thought to have led to a drop in the number of arts organisations applying for Regular Funding.

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80 fewer arts organisations have applied for three-year funding from Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding programme, following the introduction of its two-year Open Project Funding programme. 184 Scottish arts organisations have applied for a total of £153m for the period April 2018 to March 2021, £... read more
Friday, 05 May 2017

A research project into audience development practices across Europe has issued a set of recommendations and guides for cultural organisations.

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Arts organisations should work more closely with schools and do more to reflect the complexity of their societies, according to a new study of audience development activity across Europe. The study has culminated in a set of documents aimed at policy makers, academics, students and practitioners.... read more
Friday, 05 May 2017

The size of an arts organisation is more important than location when it comes to attracting donations and sponsorship, new analysis has found.

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Private giving is not a “total solution” to arts funding shortfalls, new analysis of financial data from Arts Council England-funded organisations has concluded. By studying the breakdown of public and private income for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) in 2014/15, across different art forms... read more
Friday, 05 May 2017

A House of Lords inquiry raises concerns that young people from diverse backgrounds are being discouraged from entering careers in theatre, putting the sector’s future cultural and economic success at risk.

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'Banksy in Boston' Chris Devers (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Theatres are facing a “leaking pipeline of talent”, witnesses have told a House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. This will undermine the future cultural and economic success of the industry, they said, unless action is taken. In its new report, Skills for theatre: Developing the... read more
Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Election candidates are being asked to recognise and campaign to mitigate the strains facing the dance sector.

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One Dance UK is calling on all political parties and candidates to commit to supporting dance education and minimising the impact of Brexit on creative workers. In the run-up to the 2017 general election, dance supporters are being asked to send its Dance Manifesto to their local candidates, or ask... read more