Thursday, 08 October 2015
Artist Workshop

A publicly accessible website will be home to digitised contemporary art in a major research and archiving project that will explore how cultural heritage in the visual arts can be safeguarded for future generations.

The work of 100 leading British artists will be the subject of three-year national project which will digitise work from both the contemporary period (2000-2014) and the ‘Modern British canon’ (1900-2000). The ‘Art360’ initiative aims to safeguard artists’ materials, create a public legacy—by making the works more accessible to everyone—and help provide a new source of income for the artists. The... read more
Friday, 09 October 2015

Live performances to paying audiences are the main focus of the tax relief, but live streaming and educational productions will also qualify. 

War Horse
Photo: Eva Rinaldi (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Details of how the Theatre Tax Relief (TTR) announced in the 2014 budget will be implemented have been published by HMRC. The Finance Act 2014 introduced new rules giving Theatrical Production Companies tax relief on their productions, currently at 25% for touring productions and 20% for all other... read more
Friday, 09 October 2015

The second year report on the In Harmony initiative finds positive engagement but a lack of conclusive data about the success of the programme.

Girl cello
Photo: Steve Snodgrass (CC BY 2.0)
Pupils participating in the In Harmony music programme at schools in deprived communities continue to enjoy music and are positive about their future prospects, according to the Year 2 interim report. The “sustaining power of In Harmony to maintain children’s musical engagement and enhance their... read more
Friday, 02 October 2015

The Theatre in England research will report on the theatre ecology across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in preparation for Arts Council England’s 2018 funding round.

Emergency Exit Arts
A root and branch investigation of theatre production, presentation, and audience demand in England will provide an overview that Arts Council England (ACE) will use to inform decisions on how it will “continue to support theatre effectively and intelligently from 2018.” Prompted by “increasing... read more
Friday, 02 October 2015

The Creative Industries Federation report into diversity in the workplace reveals that the sector is failing itself financially and socially by being inherently under-representative.

Diverse heads sculpture
Photo: DryHundredFear (CC BY 2.0)
Large, small, public and voluntary arts organisations in the creative sector should urgently review their hiring practices and ban unpaid internships to be truly representative, advises a new report by The Creative Industries Federation. Failure to adequately represent women, disabled people and... read more
Friday, 02 October 2015
Fox violin lights
Photo: Bryan Ledgard (CC BY 2.0)
Eight arts projects will be selected to receive £5,000 and business support from the Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts, being launched by the Arts Council of Wales and Nesta to help organisations experiment with digital technologies. A number of these will then receive up to £75,000 and... read more
Friday, 02 October 2015
Glasgow bridge night
Photo: Giuseppe Milo (CC BY 2.0)
A comprehensive review of the visual arts sector in Scotland is to be informed by the findings from an online consultation. The Scottish Contemporary Art Network has been commissioned by Creative Scotland to undertake an initial mapping exercise of the visual arts across the country to reveal the... read more
Friday, 25 September 2015

Hull commits to creative apprenticeships ahead of its year as City of Culture 2017.

The Bell
Photo: dom fellowes (CC BY 2.0)
44 apprenticeships for young people are to be created in Hull in the run up to the city’s year as City of Culture 2017. A consortium led by CapeUK, Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, and working with Hull Training and Adult Education, has secured a £90,000... read more
Friday, 25 September 2015

A government-commissioned panel is calling for a ‘Fundraising Preference Service’ to be established, allowing the public to opt out of fundraising communications from charities.

Donate Box
Photo: Yukiko Matsuoka (CC BY 2.0)
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has been an ineffective regulator of fundraising and has lost the confidence of the public and charities, according to a damning report which could have implications for arts sector fundraisers if its proposals are adopted. Commissioned by the Government... read more