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Funders are putting BAME artists under increasing pressure to explore sensitive topics from their own lives or communities, but leave them unsupported to deal with the consequences of sharing their stories more widely. Ranjit Khutan calls for a more ethical approach.
From issue 335 Feature
Competition in the ‘experience economy’ combined with the circumstances of the pandemic mean it’s time for the cultural sector to think harder about the experiences that audiences would like to have – and are prepared to pay for, says Patrick Towell.
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Progress made towards the inclusion of Disability Arts in the UK "must not falter in this moment of crisis", says Disability Collaborative Network (DCN) in an open letter to Oliver Bowden...
From issue 335 Feature
As live-to-digital capture, broadcast and live-streaming are embraced more widely in the rush to build up work online, emerging technologies and creative approaches are also bringing new experiences in very different ways. Marcus Romer explains.
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An archaeological dig, ordered by Tower Hamlets council before giving the go-ahead for a development of new flats, has uncovered the remains of the Red Lion playhouse - an Elizabethan venue thought...
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Reading’s only year-round producing theatre will take up residence in a permanent home next year, led by Founder and Artistic Director Paul Stacey and Executive Director Nick Thompson. The move...
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The UK should copy what has already been proved to work by Mainland Europe orchestras, rather than starting from the beginning led by "people not from the performing arts making the decisions...
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Furloughed arts employees across the country are being warned of job losses as the next stage of the furlough scheme is deemed “not fit for purpose for the theatre industry”.
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Plans are being drawn up for actions to improve diversity in the arts, though a long history of similar initiatives across the UK suggests that progress will continue to be slow.
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The City Council is being asked to classify Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios as a ‘community asset’, which would recognise its community and economic significance. Developers want...
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Despite reopening only last September after a controversial 3-year £40m refurbishment, the venue operators of Farifield Halls, BHLive, have cancelled their five-year piano hire agreement at...
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What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on those who are blind or have low levels of vision? And how can cultural venues meet their needs when the doors open again? Matthew Cock asked some searching questions.
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The sources of money available to the cultural sector have changed significantly over the past decade but the overall picture suggests the sector coped with the changes until the Covid-19 crisis.
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Bristol Music Trust will be revealing a new name for Colston Hall in the autumn and in the meanwhile will be removing its external signage from the building. Following protests, the Trust announced...
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tells Julian Glover the arts are "central to the strength, resilience and reputation of London” and "we would be absolutely crazy to throw it away”.
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Live Music Now serves audiences in the care and education sectors – but that didn’t stop musicians reaching them while they have been closed to the outside world. Evan Dawson tells the story.
The financial structure of the Ambassador Theatre Group means its owners aren't interested in theatre - only in earnings and creating debt against their assets, the bricks and mortar, says Patrick Hayward.
Arts People
CHRIS GRAYLING, former Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Transport, has been appointed as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. He served on the...
Arts People
Two new board members have joined dance training, creation and performance company, The Place. EVA SARMA works in the private equity industry and MICHAEL “MIKEY J” ASANTE is a producer,...
Arts People
As CEO ANTHONY BRIGGS leaves Ludus Dance, Artistic Director and Development Manager KIT ABRAMSON will take over his responsibilities for an interim period while recruitment for his replacement is...
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A Cultural Investment Participation Scheme offering repayable finance could kickstart the cultural sector’s economy under proposals being drawn up for Government to take a quasi-equity stake in theatres.
A problematic precedent has been set: in the initial panic of moving their artistic offerings online free of charge, companies have undervalued their own product, says Caitlin Vincent.
The streaming services that have got rich on the back of a large pool of acting, producing, writing and directing talent should be paying towards it. Chris Wiegand reports on Sam Mendes' proposals for bridging the financial abyss facing the sector.
Adrian Ellis and Andras Szanto summarise experts' views on the vexing strategic dilemmas facing museums and galleries attempting to reopen safely under the current circumstances.
“I don’t have to watch this online!” Patrick Kingsley and Laetitia Vancon show how audiences and actors responded as the Czech National Theatre took over a car park to perform onstage during lockdown.

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