Friday, 26 August 2016
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New figures should be “a wake-up call to Government”, the founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign has said.

Young people in England sat 44,000 fewer GCSEs in arts subjects this year, new figures have confirmed. The 7.7% drop on 2015 is significantly higher than the 0.4% overall fall in the number of GCSEs taken. A corresponding drop in the number of young people taking A levels in arts subjects has been linked to falling GCSE entries by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Deborah Annetts, Chief... read more
Friday, 26 August 2016

Annual reports reveal the city’s largest theatre spaces broke income targets and increased profits last year.

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Phil Wilkinson

Edinburgh’s theatres broke income targets, increased profits and continued the city’s “cultural success story” in 2015/16, according to new figures released by Edinburgh Council. Growth at The Festival City Theatre’s Trust, Usher Hall and The Assembly Rooms was shown to be generally consistent,... read more
Friday, 26 August 2016

A new online resource aims to help arts practitioners develop a better understanding of the measures that improve the experience of participants.

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A set of core principles aimed at helping arts professionals to reflect on the quality of their participatory work has been drawn up in Wales. The aim of the initiative is to create “a way to talk about quality that can be used by everyone who is making participatory arts”. Nine quality principles... read more
Friday, 19 August 2016

Treasury assurances are doing little to ease concerns, as grants are blocked and funding rounds postponed following the Brexit vote. 

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Mixed messages from Government about the payment of European funding are forcing some arts organisations to put their plans on hold. Organisations that were told before the referendum that a Brexit vote would have no impact on their funding applications are now experiencing delays. Last week Chief... read more
Thursday, 18 August 2016

The theatre’s business model bears fruit, as a local tech company signs a rental agreement that will deliver an ongoing revenue stream for its artistic and education work. 

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Jill Tate

A commercial workspace that forms part of a creative quarter being developed by Live Theatre on Newcastle’s Quayside is to become the headquarters of a specialist visualisation company, ZeroLight. The commercial letting of the Live Works building is part of ongoing diversification plans by Live... read more
Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The new ‘Spend a Penny’ fund has been launched by the Theatres Trust with support from Susan and Simon Ruddick.

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The inadequacy of women’s toilet facilities in UK theatres is being directly tackled by the Theatres Trust. Theatres are being invited to apply for grants of up to £15k from the new £125k ‘Spend a Penny’ scheme, which has been funded by a theatre-loving husband and wife. The scheme plans to award... read more
Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Feedback on the work of the Arts Council is being gathered to contribute to a wide-ranging review of its role and effectiveness.

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The DCMS is inviting feedback on the work of Arts Council England (ACE) as part of a ‘Tailored Review’. The Review, announced in the Culture White Paper, will assess its performance as a non-departmental public body, including the functions it performs and its engagement and influence with... read more
Friday, 12 August 2016

New financial and business models are needed if artists are to secure affordable studio space in a highly competitive property market, especially in London, report finds.

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Artists’ studios and creative workspaces are being squeezed out by intense competition in the property market, according to a new report. The report, Making Space: Developing and Sustaining Affordable Artists’ Studios and Creative Workspaces, reveals that despite the economic, social and cultural... read more
Friday, 12 August 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has used her maiden speech to endorse plans put forward in the Culture White Paper to increase access to arts and culture. Bradley’s speech, delivered at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, began by noting the “striking” statistics on the economic weight of the DCMS... read more