Thursday, 22 June 2017
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Entries for GCSE arts subjects are down 9% on 2016, while entries for EBacc subjects are up 9% in the same period.

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 the past 12 months, and is consistent with a collapse in take-up across all non-EBacc subjects,... 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

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
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
Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Male graduates earn slightly more than women just one year after graduating from a Creative Arts and Design course.

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Students in Creative Arts and Design earn less than students in any other subject after leaving university, newly released figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show. The median salary for graduates in creative subjects was £14k one year after graduating, rising to £20k after five years.... read more
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

An actor on BBC drama Bread, a jazz saxophonist and the consultant behind the ‘GREAT’ Britain campaign are among the 63 newly elected MPs.

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A third of the new Members of Parliament (MPs) elected in last week’s general election have an arts and culture connection, research by AP shows. One of the 63 new MPs is actor Giles Watling, now Conservative MP for Clacton, who is best known for playing ‘Oswald’ on the BBC drama Bread between 1988... read more
Friday, 09 June 2017

The need for clarity has emerged as a key priority for arts organisations following the confirmation that no political party has won majority control of the House of Commons.

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Arts leaders have called for clarity and a re-considered approach to Brexit in response to yesterday’s general election, which left the Conservatives as the largest party but unable to form a majority Government single-handedly. Sector bodies including the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), UK... read more
Thursday, 08 June 2017

Research by the Creative Industries Federation suggests almost 75% of creative organisations think restricting immigration would hurt business.

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Three quarters of organisations in the creative industries employ non-UK EU nationals, and two thirds of these could not fill the positions with British workers, a survey by industry body the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) suggests. Just under 75% of responding CIF members said restricting... read more