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French telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi has struck a deal to acquire the auction house for US$3.7bn (£2.95bn). The sale price, 61% higher than Sotheby’s closing share price, is a sign...
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The funder says it will raise the cap on small grants from £5,000 to £10,000 and consider raising the £30,000 cap on larger applications.
Can an even split of public, philanthropic and per-ticket funding sustain opera and ballet in Europe? Sam Baker talks to “venture philanthropists” about shifting the performing arts away from a government-funded model.
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Government officials are encouraging the Hallé Orchestra to resubmit plans for a school in Stoke-on-Trent next year. The orchestra hopes to provide mentoring for 11 to 16-year-olds, opportunities to...
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An increasing reliance on sponsors and ticket sales has “put pressure on the [festival] team to support established artists and ‘safe’ work”, evidence submitted by the...
Arts People
National Theatre Wales CEO KULLY THIARAI is leaving the company to become Artistic Director of cultural investment programme Leeds 2023. Thiarai, who has previously worked at Leeds...
Arts People
Shubbak, a UK-based festival of contemporary Arab culture, has appointed FARÈS K MOUSSA as its new Executive Director. He is joining from Strode Theatre in Somerset, where he has been Director since...
Arts People
The Irish Writers Centre has announced HILARY COPELAND will step in as Acting Director during VALERIE BISTANY's partial sabbatical year. Copeland led the literary organisation The John Hewitt...
Arts People
Principal dancer NEHEMIAH KISH has announced his decision to retire from The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2018/19 season after nine years with the company. He trained at Canada’s...
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The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.
African artworks were once treated as antiquities, but the UK’s cultural institutions are now opening themselves up to Black artists and their interpretations of Britishness, writes Lanre Bakare.
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Manchester Arena claims it could lose business if the city council approves a second 20,000-seat venue. John Sharkey, Executive Vice President of European Operations at SMG, which runs the venue,...
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Artistic Director Rufus Norris admitted he had taken his “eye off the ball” in April when hundreds of writers complained about the company’s lack of diversity. Eight of 15 plays in...
Arts People
FIONA HOPE and JOHN R. WILKINSON have joined the board at Middle Child Theatre Company in Hull. Hope is an undergraduate drama and theatre practice student at the University of Hull who recently...
Opinion
Funders are increasing their demands for data from arts organisations while only paying lip service to quality in their own statistics. It’s time to stop indulging them, says Jonathan Knott.
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Less Lottery money was available for the arts in 2018/19, despite sales increasing by £255m.
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A new partnership hopes to bring disabled and non-disabled musicians together to create accessible instruments and remove barriers to participation.
An installation at Art Basel has been changed after one of its subjects said she never agreed to be part of it. The controversy reignites long-standing debates over representation in art, using images in the public record, and creating profit from trauma, writes Ej Dickson.
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The Eastern Angles Theatre Company has launched a campaign to fundraise £50,000 for a new site adjacent to Ipswich Waterfront. A company spokesman said it plans to apply to Arts Council England...
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Work will begin in August on a new café and rehearsal space at Omnibus Theatre. Artistic Director Marie McCarthy said the new spaces would “enrich the experience for both audiences and theatre...
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Organisers warn the city council’s “salami slicing” strategy could cause the event’s decline or even demise. Arts groups have lost direct funding and are being told to share...
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A model that asked people how much they would pay to save museums and cathedrals from closure can and should be applied more broadly, the charity argues.
From issue 325 Feature
The place in which a cultural organisation finds itself can determine how it thrives, survives or even dies, but many organisations are now taking the lead in helping places reinvent themselves. Anne Torreggiani explores the rise of place-shaping.
From issue 325 Case study
Kirklees in West Yorkshire has a vision for local development rooted firmly in its historic links to the textile and music industries, says Kath Davies.
From issue 325 Feature
Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson reflect on their recent research into cultural ecology and suggest what the future of progressive place-based policy and practice could look like.

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