Russell Group scraps A Level subject guidance

24 May 2019

The move by the elite university group has led to renewed calls to reconsider the controversial EBacc performance measure.

Cardiff campaign to protect grassroots culture

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17 May 2019

Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.

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.

Grassroots venues face discrimination on business rates, says UK Music

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24 May 2019

The industry body says 124 venues would save more than £4,000 each a year if they were offered the same discounts as pubs and bars.

Peers slam Government for ignoring post-Brexit visa recommendations

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24 May 2019

Lord Jay of Ewelme said the Government had failed to address concerns “that applying the current visa system to EU nationals would make it harder to bring talent to the UK”.

Volunteers pursue bid to turn landmark into arts hub

24 May 2019

The sale of Cemetery Junction arch, advertised for auction by Reading Borough Council, has been suspended to enable the local community to progress its bid to turn the Grade II listed landmark into an arts and heritage hub.

Arts executives to create work for London Design Festival

24 May 2019

Senior figures from ten of London's leading cultural organisations are working with designers to create “a legacy piece of design” for their institutions using American red oak. The project aims to offer “a brief glimpse" into their personal thinking.

Car park closure threatens Birmingham cultural venues

24 May 2019

A multi-storey car park used by visitors to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Library of Birmingham and Symphony Halls is to be sold for redevelopment. The City Council claims it will not be needed because the daily charge being introduced for high polluting cars will make it ‘surplus to requirements’, and the area will be served by the Birmingham Westside Metro extension.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

£1m from BP boosts Aberdeen gallery plans

24 May 2019

Aberdeen Arts Gallery, which has been closed for refurbishment since 2015, has accepted £1m from the oil giant to create the 'BP Galleries' in a copper-clad second-floor extension. The sponsorship will enable the gallery to host three special exhibitions each year by national and international artists.

York Theatre Royal backs arts hub for armed forces

24 May 2019

The theatre is working with the Soldiers' Arts Academy to establish an arts hub where serving and ex-service personnel and their families will be able to develop their skills in writing, acting and film, and gain the experience they need to enter a career in theatre.

Campaigners fight for Reading Gaol arts project

24 May 2019

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, has launched a petition in support of a community campaign to preserve Reading Prison as an arts venue. The derelict prison costs more than £250,000 a year to maintain and the Ministry of Justice is planning to sell the site to the highest bidder for development.

New arts minister joins Government

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23 May 2019

Rebecca Pow MP has taken over from Michael Ellis MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport.

Arts Council invests in classroom creativity

23 May 2019

A successful pilot scheme bringing artists into Northern Ireland schools is being rolled out following positive feedback on the impact it had on young people's skills, self-confidence, mental health and well-being.

Two new Welsh national museums planned

20 May 2019

The country’s Deputy Culture Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has responded to feasibility studies for a National Football Museum and a National Contemporary Art Gallery. A plan for taking the projects forward is set to be agreed by the end of the summer, following discussions between the Welsh government and key stakeholders.

Low pay forces performing artist to sleep under a bridge

20 May 2019

Actor Elise Harris, who represents a London branch of Equity, said that a member of the trade union had ended up sleeping rough because he was unable to find accommodation within his means, despite working in the West End. A motion was passed at Equity’s recent annual conference calling on the union to provide support and funds when members are experiencing homelessness.

Change education policy to save arts in schools, say MPs

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17 May 2019

A new report demands a “clear explanation” from DCMS and the Department for Education on why they have dismissed evidence about the declining provision and take-up of creative subjects.

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