Wednesday, 18 May 2016
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Bon Culture has apologised after physical access issues and high ticket costs prompted anger at its conference last week. 

Organisers of the Theatre 2016 conference have apologised following criticism that the event was both physically and financially inaccessible. A standard ticket to the two-day conference, billed as “the largest ever industry-wide conference for everyone who cares about the future of theatre in the UK” cost £414. The conference took place last week at the Piccadilly, Lyric and Arts theatres in... read more
Friday, 20 May 2016

The sector needs to start from scratch and develop a national strategy for screening or audiences will continue to lose out, warns English Touring Opera.

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Richard Hubert Smith

English Touring Opera (ETO) has challenged claims by Arts Council England (ACE) that screenings of live performances attract new audiences, saying current research is “not consistent” and “not done well enough” to be used as proof. It also warned that the current distribution of screenings is “very... read more
Friday, 20 May 2016

The popular press has dismissed anti-Brexit arts figures as ‘luvvies’ after a survey revealed the vast majority of workers in the creative sector will vote for Britain to remain in the EU.

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Senior professionals working in the creative industries are overwhelmingly in support of Britain staying in the EU, according to a survey of members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF). The poll of CIF members, who work in the arts, creative industries and cultural education, has revealed... read more
Friday, 20 May 2016

Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.

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Streetwise Opera

An inquiry into the role arts organisations should play in promoting civic engagement and revitalising communities has been launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Arts organisations are being invited to contribute to the inquiry, which the Foundation hopes will help realise the full... read more
Thursday, 19 May 2016

A membership body is being set up to develop the work of university arts centres in response to conclusions from the Warwick Commission inquiry.

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Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre

A UK-wide consortium of university-based arts centres is broadening its scope by establishing an open membership body. The 22 arts venues that are current members of the University Centres for the Arts Network (UCAN) meet to discuss issues, collaborate on funding bids and develop joint initiatives... read more
Thursday, 19 May 2016

Plans for a Leeds-based centre for excellence in dance and a “world-leading hub for dance” in East London are aiming to put England on the international dance map.

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Hugo Glendinning

Ambitions for dance in England are being raised by two partnership projects, in the North and East London. A new dance partnership has launched its vision for Leeds to become “a dancing city providing leadership in the North for the development of the art form locally, nationally and... read more
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows.

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A new guide to staging dementia friendly performances has been launched by West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP), two years after it staged the UK’s first “dementia friendly” show. The guide, based on experiences from dementia friendly performances staged at WYP, Curve theatre and the Millennium Forum,... read more
Friday, 13 May 2016

MPs have heard from an academic in favour of introducing national museum entrance fees, but been warned by Sir Neil MacGregor to “meddle with great caution”.

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Opposing views on whether Britain’s national museums and galleries should introduce entrance fees have been presented to the Parliamentary ‘Countries of Culture’ inquiry. MPs on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee have been asking leading figures in the arts for their opinion on the policy... read more
Friday, 13 May 2016

A £1m fundraising campaign and two years of support from insurers will allow the Centre to begin reconstruction on the Grand Hall after it was damaged by fire last year.

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Battersea Art Centre (BAC) has been granted planning permission by Wandsworth Borough Council to begin work on the reconstruction of its Grade II listed Grand Hall, which was severely damaged by fire in March 2015. Work will begin this summer, supported by £966k raised through BAC’s giving campaign... read more