Leave Means Leave tries to shut down anti-Brexit arts project

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11 Jan 2019

The Photographers’ Gallery says it will not curtail activity in the face of complaints from the pro-Brexit campaign group. 

Class influences career entry but not career progression, research finds

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21 Dec 2018

Over 70% of respondents working in music, the visual arts or museums/heritage come from households where the main income earner worked in a professional or senior managerial occupation.

Europe-wide project aims to create network of minority theatres

04 May 2017

(IN CROATIAN) Five minority theatres in Romania, Italy, Serbia, Albania and Croatia will combine to produce a play and a series of workshops in Spring 2018 using European Union funding.

New York opera security scare after powder sprinkled into orchestra pit

31 Oct 2016

The Metropolitan Opera cancelled a performance during the interval as a safety precaution after somebody sprinkled an unknown powder into the pit.

Library scoops £3,000 in the National Lottery Awards

25 Aug 2016

St Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs attracted over 2,000 votes to be named Best Arts Project for its work promoting health and wellbeing.

Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff looks for new expansion schemes

15 Jan 2019

The venue has dropped five-year old plans for a £6m refurbishment – saying they were too ambitious in the current climate – and is seeking options for a smaller, phased extension, focusing on the introduction of new studios and creative office space.

Student sentenced for bomb-scare ‘artwork’ on Newcastle bridge

15 Jan 2019

33-year-old Thomas Ellison, from Fenham in Newcastle, has been sentenced to 90 hours of community service for placing a lunchbox with a circuit board and a doll on a major bridge in the city in 2017 as ‘art’. Roads were sealed, trains were stopped and the emergency services were called – at a total cost of £3,500 – while the apparent bomb threat was investigated.

Museums to share £4m funding

14 Jan 2019

Manchester Museum, the Horniman Museum in London and Carlisle’s Tullie House are among the institutions receiving grants in the latest round of the DCMS Wolfson fund, a joint initiative between the government department and the Wolfson Foundation. The Horniman has been awarded £90,000 for a music-making project in which artists will take inspiration from its collection.

Council approves £2.3m London arts centre expansion

14 Jan 2019

Architects Matheson Whiteley’s designs for Studio Voltaire in Clapham – which will refurbish existing buildings and enlarge studio and exhibition spaces as well as creating a new café, retail space and entrance – have been approved by Lambeth councillors.

Boost for classical music sales

14 Jan 2019

Classical sales and streams increased by 10% in 2018, making it the year’s fastest-growing genre. Sales of classical CDs increased by 7%, in contrast to the decline in this format for rock and pop recordings.

Cultural funding under threat following ministry mergers in Brazil

11 Jan 2019

Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has merged the country’s three ministries of culture, sports and social development into a single department called the ministry of citizenship. New department head Osmar Terra and culture secretary José Henrique Pires both support changes to a 1991 statute that allows organisations and individuals to use up to 1% of income tax to fund cultural activities.

Major funders seek to reduce ‘burdensome’ reporting requirements

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11 Jan 2019

A group of funders including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation are to test a set of key principles to make grant reporting a more “meaningful and mutually beneficial experience”.

ACE research finds ‘deeply rooted’ transparency concerns

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11 Jan 2019

Interviews with arts sector stakeholders also reveal that Arts Council England is seen as overly bureaucratic, and the Grantium funding portal continues to complicate grant applications.

Creative industries collaboration to explore potential for immersive performance

11 Jan 2019

Opportunities for using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies will be developed with a view to extending the ways audiences across the world can experience live performance.

Staff at risk of redundancy at Shakespeare’s Globe

11 Jan 2019

Up to 40 employees – around 14% of the theatre’s workforce – could be impacted by a planned restructure, although the theatre said the number of redundancies would be much lower than this. The venue, which says a “difficult financial year” has forced it to cut costs, will close its current exhibition space and repurpose it for commercial hire.

Teacher survey reals ‘shocking decline’ in arts education for primary school pupils

11 Jan 2019

New Fabian Society research – backed by Children & the Arts, the Musicians Union and actor Ben Elton – found that nearly two-thirds of 400 surveyed teachers said there was currently less arts provision than in 2010, and 49% said the quality of the provision had worsened.

More details of Scottish National Gallery redevelopment released

11 Jan 2019

The two-year, £22m project, which began last October, will create a new set of galleries from former office, storage and display spaces; improve accessibility for those with mobility impairments; and landscape the adjoining East Princes Street Gardens to offer visitors direct access to the gallery.

Profits halve at Cameron Mackintosh with costly Victoria Palace redevelopment

11 Jan 2019

The company’s 2017/18 accounts reveal that although turnover increased by 14% on the previous year, profits were down 57% from £12m to £5m as the costs of refurbishing the West End venue increased from £35m to £60m.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

ACE commits £6m to leadership development

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11 Jan 2019

Supporting early career leaders is among the priorities for the funding, which will also aim to tackle the lack of diversity in sector leadership.

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