Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

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16 Nov 2018

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

Government plans social prescribing academy

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09 Nov 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

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.

National Theatre Wales dispute continues as Arts Council intervenes

16 Nov 2018

Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive Nick Capaldi said the theatre must respond to ongoing debates about the prevalence of Welsh artists in its work by scrutinising its programming choices and looking at how it is marketing shows and developing audiences. This follows news earlier this week that 200 artists had backed accusations made by scores of Welsh playwrights that the organisation is undermining Welsh artists.

National Theatre Wales Artistic Director Kully Thiarai has also spoken publicly about the debate, saying some of the issues raised relate to wider challenges facing theatre across the country.

‘Tech champions’ to support digital capacities of arts across England

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England will employ nine people to each look after a region of England and provide advice and tailored digital support to organisations across the country.

Lottery arts funding up £30m

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16 Nov 2018

After a difficult few years, sales are gradually recovering, with returns to the arts up 23% on the first half of last year.

New network to support governance best practice

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England says that if necessary, it will step in and insist on a change of leadership at its funded clients.

Jobs demanding ‘creativity’ most likely to grow in next decade, research finds

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16 Nov 2018

The first piece of research from the AHRC-backed Policy and Evidence Centre says that creative attributes are a better predictor of growth than other transferable skills.

Measure breadth of curriculum to protect arts education, MPs urged

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16 Nov 2018

An acclaimed headteacher said that ringfenced funding for arts subjects will amount to ‘throwing money down the hole’ unless schools are also encouraged to value wider curriculums.

Colston Hall consults public on name change

15 Nov 2018

As part of a series of events and community consultation days, the venue – which closed this summer for a £49m revamp – is asking the public for ideas on its role in Bristol and for new potential names.

Fall in Scottish school pupils receiving music tuition

14 Nov 2018

1,200 fewer pupils were taught to play a musical instrument in Scottish schools in 2017/18 compared to the year before, according to new research. The news comes as an increasing number of local authorities either introduce or increase their charges for the lessons.

Sheffield arts centre goes bust

13 Nov 2018

Roco, the £1.2m arts complex which opened in 2015 and offered 40 artist studios and a gallery, has stopped trading after running out of cash.

Artist group invites public to deface Boris Johnson portrait

13 Nov 2018

Contemporary painting group Lot 5 Collective is inviting anyone who attends its new exhibition to deface the painting, which had been shown at the National Portrait Gallery. It was painted by artist Helen Masacz, herself a member of the collective.

Plans for major Preston museum refurbishment

12 Nov 2018

Architects have drawn up plans to support a bid for a £4.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a revamp of the 125-year-old Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library in Preston. The project, estimated to cost £10.7m in total, would include developing a central ground floor activity hub as well as improved spaces for events, exhibitions, and meetings.

Campaigners call for more live captioning

12 Nov 2018

Venues across the UK will be using live captioning for performances this week as part of a national campaign, but charity Stagetext says that more work needs to be done to make the arts accessible to hearing impaired audiences.

Plans for £27m Oldham theatre under threat as council pulls funding

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09 Nov 2018

The news that Oldham Council has decided to drop its support for a new Oldham Coliseum Theatre comes as the theatre’s long-serving Artistic Director announces he is leaving this month to go freelance.

National museums’ fundraising income drops as major campaigns end

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09 Nov 2018

Tate, the British Museum and Imperial War Museums have all recently completed drives to gain support for large-scale capital work, but economic changes also played a part in the decline.

NPOs rejected Arts Council-backed YouTube network

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09 Nov 2018

The lack of a marketing strategy in the first few years of the programme and the diminishing dominance of YouTube led to underwhelming take up of the multi-channel Canvas network.

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