Brexit voters more likely to shun the arts, research finds

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11 Jul 2018

Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.

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.

New York scheme links library access with free gallery tickets

17 Jul 2018

Anyone with a New York City library card can now visit 32 cultural institutions including the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Museum once a year for free.

New study exposes lack of diversity in children’s book characters

17 Jul 2018

Just 1% of children’s books in Britain star a Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME) character, and only 4% feature BAME characters at all, according to research by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.

Affordable housing for artists gets go-ahead

17 Jul 2018

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham has approved plans for an affordable housing scheme aimed specifically at artists, and supported by Grayson Perry.

Disabled drama students under-represented

17 Jul 2018

Just 1% of graduates from major UK drama schools declared a physical impairment last year, according to research by The Stage.

Science Museum urged to end oil partnerships

17 Jul 2018

Almost fifty scientists and environmentalists have signed a formal complaint arguing that the museum is undermining its scientific integrity by working with BP, Shell and Equinor.

Art educators take National Gallery to tribunal

17 Jul 2018

27 artists and art lecturers are taking their cases against the National Gallery to an employment tribunal, claiming they have been unfairly dismissed and asking to be recognised as employees rather than freelancers.

Audience development agency to close after Creative Scotland cuts

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13 Jul 2018

15 employees will be affected by the closure of Culture Republic, following the loss of its annual funding from Creative Scotland.

Government publishes post-Brexit wish-list for creative sector

13 Jul 2018

A new White Paper, published this week, emphasises the importance of the continued mobility “of talented individuals” and proposes ongoing participation in EU programmes such as Creative Europe.

New guidelines to tackle discrimination in music sector

13 Jul 2018

The Musicians’ Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have called for all organisations to support their newly-produced set of principles and tackle sexism and harassment across the sector.

City of Culture must be more than an arts festival, MPs told

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13 Jul 2018

In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.

Jo Royce to join Candoco as Executive Director

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13 Jul 2018

The current Executive Director of the Gate Theatre praised the ambition and perseverance of the company she will join in October.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

Battersea Arts Centre prepares to re-open grand hall

12 Jul 2018

The centrepiece of the building, devastated in a fire in 2015, will officially re-open to the public tomorrow. Its re-emergence is accompanied by a photo letter directed at the visiting US President, Donald Trump, reminding him that “difference is beautiful” and urging him to “build bridges, not walls”.

Problems with Southampton’s Studio 144 complex “soul-destroying”, says Director

12 Jul 2018

Sam Hodges, Director of NST City, said the building was “not fit for purpose” and that it has been very difficult to run the theatre since it opened in February, 18 years after the project started and £16m over-budget

Blackpool Pavilion theatre gets new lease of life

12 Jul 2018

A partnership between Selladoor Worldwide and Blackpool Entertainment Company will restore the building, which has not been used as a theatre for more than 20 years. It will reopen as a receiving and producing house that will stage immersive productions. 

New guidelines to help protect drama students from sexual harassment

11 Jul 2018

The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments produced the guidelines, aimed at teaching staff, visiting speakers, students and administrative staff, in response to a number of allegations of sexual harassment in the industry.

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