Friday, 21 October 2016
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Theatre has seen a rise in income over the past four years, although the increases are concentrated in the hands of large organisations, a major new report has found.

Ticket sales, earned income and revenues from fundraising have increased considerably for UK theatres over the past five years, although this is increasingly driven by the sector’s largest organisations, a major new report has revealed. In addition, it says many theatres are becoming “less artistically ambitious” and that mid-scale touring has become “near unaffordable”. Arts Council England (ACE... read more
Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Thinking differently about how arts organisations talk to the private sector will be one of the keys to sustainability as limited resources pose challenges to artistic ambition.

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Joined-up relationships, partnership approaches and collaborative initiatives will be key to Scotland maintaining and developing its ambitions for its visual arts sector in the face of challenges ahead, according to the first ever comprehensive study of the sector. The Visual Arts Sector Review has... read more
Friday, 21 October 2016

The Welsh Government’s draft budget also includes funding for a feasibility study for a national art gallery.

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The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has been allocated a 3.5% increase in funding in the Welsh Government’s draft budget for 2017/18. This will increase ACW’s budget from £30.3m to £31.35m. Arts funding The increase forms part of a £3m rise in general arts funding, including feasibility studies for a... read more
Friday, 21 October 2016

Fears that existing arts audiences resist ‘more diverse artistic product’ appear to be unfounded, ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey suggests.

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The biggest barrier to increasing the diversity of those who engage with arts and culture may be a perception issue, the findings of a new survey suggest. Just over half of the 509 UK-based respondents to ArtsProfessional’s Pulse survey on diversity in the arts, agreed that ‘perceptions that your... read more
Friday, 21 October 2016

A parliamentary committee is assessing whether the UK will be able to attract and maintain talent in the creative industries post-Brexit.

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The Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries is drawing to a close, with written submissions invited until Friday 28 October. The inquiry – focusing on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market – is seeking evidence about... read more
Friday, 21 October 2016

Creative Europe funding will be used by arts organisations across Europe to challenge stereotypes and help refugees “socialise and express themselves”.

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Mohamad Khayata, Journey's Festival International, Leicester, 2016

Three UK-led arts projects have received almost €600k in combined European Union funding to support the integration of refugees into European Communities. 274 applications were made to Creative Europe’s €1.6m Refugee Integration Projects scheme, with the 12 selected projects being funded to help... read more
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Securing investment to create major sculpture production facilities is among the aims of a new strategy for building the region’s reputation for the contemporary visual arts, launched by the North East CVAN.

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A ten-year vision to make the North East of England a centre of excellence for the contemporary visual arts and attract investment into the region was launched by the North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NE CVAN) on Friday. ‘Untitled: A Strategic Plan for Visual Arts in North East England’... read more
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
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A survey aiming to find out how the governance of arts organisations and museums can be strengthened has been launched as part of an Independent Strategic Review of Governance commissioned by the Clore Leadership Programme, together with a consortium of five Trusts and Foundations working in the... read more
Friday, 14 October 2016

Arts Council England’s two new funds aim to increase the diversity of senior leaders in arts organisations and support development opportunities for BME theatre makers.

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Two theatres named and shamed by The Yorkshire Post for having a lack of ethnic diversity in their permanent staff have been awarded funding by Arts Council England (ACE) to improve their workforce diversity. Hull Truck Theatre, which had a 100% white workforce in 2013-14 - though a relatively high... read more
Friday, 14 October 2016

The majority of theatres do not think screenings have affected their touring, and audiences still attend live events.

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Arts organisations have nothing to fear from live screenings and streams, which signal “neither the death nor the salvation of live theatre”, a major new report claims. It says screening and streaming had a minimal impact on live arts attendance, and audiences see ‘live-to-digital’ work as a... read more
Thursday, 13 October 2016

Funders say they will encourage visual arts organisations to implement the payment framework, which aims to create better conditions for artists making work for public exhibitions.

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A new Exhibition Payment Guide has set out a tariff of suggested payments to artists for their contributions to public exhibitions. It aims to establish a framework that will apply to all artists and organisations that receive public funds for visual arts presentation to the public. The guidance,... read more
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Royal & Derngate has put forward proposals for a new free school that will specialise in the cultural and creative industries – the first to be run by a theatre.

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Royal & Derngate theatre is planning to build a secondary school in Northampton specialising in the cultural and creative industries. Whilst the curriculum is not yet defined for the school, Chief Executive Martin Sutherland told AP that the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – accused of squeezing... read more
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Research by Jerwood Charitable Foundation found only a quarter of people working in the arts entered the sector with a paid position.

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Almost three-quarters of people in the arts worked for free before finding paid employment, new survey figures suggest. Of these, 59% volunteered for at least six months on a full-time or part-time basis, including 12% who worked unpaid for over three years. The figures have emerged from an online... read more
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

National Portfolio Organisations must diversify their programming to access ACE funding, but there will be no naming and shaming or sanctions applied if arts organisations fail to achieve workforce and governance objectives.

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Workforce diversity will not form part of National Portfolio Organisations’ (NPO) ‘diversity ratings’, the funding-conditional benchmarks that must be achieved in order to avoid financial sanctions, Arts Council England (ACE) has said. These ratings will focus solely on programming and will be... read more
Monday, 10 October 2016

The Creative Industries Federation has laid into Government plans to make the EBacc compulsory, demanding an audit of education and training in the UK.

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The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has launched a swingeing attack on Government education policy, warning that its ambitions for Britain’s young people cannot be achieved without “a radical shift in policy on school education and training”. Accusing education policy of being “driven by the... read more