The Tate group of galleries – including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool – has said that although the Sackler family has “given generously” to Tate in the past, it does not “think it right” to seek or accept further donations from the Sacklers “in the present circumstances”. The Sackler family owns the US maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked heavily to the opioid crisis sweeping the US.
Following reported success in a trial at Cleethorpes station, in which playing classical music over the speakers “scared off” troublemakers and saw complaints of antisocial behaviour fall by 75%, TransPennine Express has expanded its scheme to Hull train station. The move follows a heavily criticised plan by Germany’s national train operator to play atonal music in stations to ward off drug use, which representative bodies said would only worsen noise in stations.
Ambitions to convert three derelict former industrial buildings on the pier – The Warehouse, The Orwell public house and the Education Centre – into a multi-leisure destination are closer to being realised with the announcement that the Old Courts arts centre will be the main tenant of the regenerated site. A planning application outlining timescales for the project will be submitted to the town hall in the coming weeks.
Art Council England, Portsmouth City Council and the area’s Victorious Festival have provided a total of £300k to set up a new group of culture professionals, Portsmouth Creates. The group will devise a new cultural strategy for the city and coordinate new cultural projects, such as a bid to become the UK’s next City of Culture.
Ellesmere Port’s Whitby Hall, a 15-roomed Victorian house in which Action Transport Theatre is based, will begin a £4.8m renovation after proposals were approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council. The project – to be delivered in partnership with the design and construction team that delivered the Storyhouse project – will upgrade the foyer and café areas, and add a new studio and workshop space.
An inquiry led by members of the Scottish Parliament will examine public and private sources of revenues for artists and focus on how funding should be distributed to create a sustainable future for the sector.
A mutual agreement “not to proceed at this time with a £1m gift” follows growing controversy about the medical impact of OxyContin, a painkiller linked to the opioid crisis said to be killing 100 people a day in America.
Seyi Omooba, cast as a bisexual character in the upcoming musical production of The Color Purple at The Birmingham Hippodrome and Curve Leicester, has been criticised for a Facebook post from 2014 that said she did not believe homosexuality is right or “that you can be born gay”.
The Boulevard Theatre, previously a nightclub and venue for alternative comedy acts including Eddie Izzard and Jennifer Saunders, is to be reopened in October. It will include an independently revolving balcony and stalls, and a two-storey glass bridge.
The creator of the Hogmanay celebrations in the city, Peter Irvine, said Edinburgh’s “overtourism” crisis is comparable to Barcelona and Venice, and that parts of the Royal Mile have become “impassable” during peak periods.
Make Online, a website set up by Talawa Theatre Company, aims to help black artists at all stages of their careers share commissions, castings, job postings and events with peers and the wider industry.