Wednesday, 28 June 2017
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The Fundraising Regulator has backed charity Bow Arts Trust’s claims that the £90 a month 'donations’ it took from a tenant on a live-in artist studio scheme were made voluntarily, despite concluding there was no supporting documentary evidence and accepting that the payments formed part of the monthly rent.

An artist has issued a formal complaint against the Fundraising Regulator for allegedly failing to properly investigate his accusations and reaching a “manifestly unreasonable” conclusion concerning the charity Bow Arts Trust (BAT). Contemporary artist and film maker Rab Harling claims that Bow Arts took monthly rent from him and “processed a significant portion of the rent as a ‘charitable... read more
Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The number of National Portfolio Organisations will increase to 831, as museums, libraries and new ‘Sector Support Organisations’ join Arts Council England’s portfolio.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has increased the number of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) it funds by 183, and increased funding across its portfolio by £42.5m a year, in what it has billed as the “largest ever investment” in its national portfolio. The NPO investment for 2018-22 also sees a... read more
Monday, 26 June 2017

None of the participants in a digital arts accelerator programme designed to help cultural organisations attract commercial investment were able to convince investors that they could deliver sufficient financial returns.

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The potential for arts and cultural organisations to improve their resilience by attracting commercial investment in their work is in doubt following an evaluation of the impact of the Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator (DACA) programme. The programme, which was designed to improve the commercial... read more
Monday, 26 June 2017

35 creative, cultural and heritage organisations from across the UK have been awarded a combined €3.2m in funding.

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30% more cultural projects involving UK organisations have been selected for Creative Europe funding since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in June last year. “These positive results show just how much of a desire the UK creative sector has for values-led European collaboration, and... read more
Friday, 23 June 2017

A new academic report says that shifting cultural policy to enable people to be creative and make their own culture would be a fairer use of public funds and lead to greater equality.

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Academics are calling for a “radical” shift in the way the arts are supported and funded towards a focus on enabling people to be creative and make their own culture. In a new report, Kings College London researchers also call on publicly funded arts organisations to become community hubs and... read more
Friday, 23 June 2017

Systemic failures in recruitment and professional development are leading to skills shortages and a damaging lack of diversity among theatre workers, according to a new report.

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A damning review of workforce practices in commercial and not-for-profit theatre has painted a picture of a sector being undermined by low pay, a damaging culture of overwork, poor treatment of freelance workers and a lack of long-term strategic thinking. The report, commissioned by the Society of... read more
Friday, 23 June 2017

The newspaper has published a small acknowledgement that Opera Holland Park, on which the council allegedly “lost” £2.5m, has operated independent of council funding since 2015.

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The Times newspaper has come under attack for a “disgraceful” and “uninformed” two-page spread suggesting Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) made "a fortune" on social housing and wasted it on opera. Written in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Fire, in which 79 people are thought to have died, the... read more
Thursday, 22 June 2017

Entries for GCSE arts subjects are down 9% on 2016, while entries for EBacc subjects are up 9% in the same period.

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The rapid decline of arts subjects and corresponding growth of the core English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects in schools has continued into 2017. Detailed analysis of Government figures reveals that entries into GCSE arts subjects fell by a further 46,000 last year. This constitutes a 9% drop over... read more
Thursday, 22 June 2017

Campaigners have argued the gallery’s sponsorship deal with the oil giant breaches its ‘Ethical Fundraising Policy’, which they obtained via freedom of information.

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Campaigners protesting the influence of big oil in culture have issued a formal complaint to the National Portrait Gallery, alleging the institution has breached its own ethics rules in a sponsorship deal with BP. Culture Unstained says BP’s “ties to rights-violating regimes around the world” are... read more
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A debate about whether actors with learning disabilities are reached by celebrated inclusive initiatives such as Ramps on the Moon has been triggered by a new paper.

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The staging of ‘relaxed performances’ in theatres has come under fire in a new paper which claims they segregate audiences and provide a “lacklustre” artistic experience to audience members with learning disabilities. Author Vanessa Brooks also expresses concerns that the arts sector’s focus on... read more
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

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Arts funding through the National Lottery was down by around £55m last year, following a “disappointing performance” which saw total Lottery sales income fall by 8.8% and returns to good causes by 14.4%. Lottery operator Camelot has warned it expects the decline in sales to continue this year,... read more
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Halle Orchestra’s Mark Elder and former Chief Executive of The Place, Kenneth Tharp, are among those receiving top honours in 2017.

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Kenneth Tharp, former Chief Executive of dance organisation the Place, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which are once again credited with being the “most diverse to date”. Of the 1,109 people to receive an award, 50% are women, 10% are from Black or minority ethnic... read more
Friday, 16 June 2017

Former Culture and Digital Minister Matt Hancock’s remit is slimmed to Digital, as arts and culture joins heritage and tourism under the remit of first-time Minister John Glen.

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Arts and culture have been separated from the creative industries in a restructure of ministerial responsibilities at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), in a move criticised as ‘downgrading’ the importance of the arts and the creative industries. Former Culture and Digital Minister... read more
Friday, 16 June 2017

The Arts Council was unable to maintain standstill funding following orders from the Department for Communities.

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Most arts organisations in receipt of annual funding from the Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) are facing cuts of around 3%. Despite hopes the national funder would be able to maintain standstill funding, it has been forced to apply cuts following orders from the Department for Communities.... read more
Friday, 16 June 2017

The Federation of Drama Schools aims to make recruitment more accessible and diverse, and help students identify high-quality training.

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A new member organisation for major drama schools has been launched to replace Drama UK, which closed last autumn when high-profile members withdrew their support. The Federation of Drama Schools, which represents 20 institutions including RADA, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and... read more