NPO downsizes as cuts start to bite

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12 Apr 2019

The loss of local authority funding will lead to a reduction in the number of plays produced by The Dukes theatre each year, and a merging of two senior roles.

4 in 10 arts workers who leave sector cite caring responsibilities

12 Apr 2019

Researchers say parents and carers are being “pushed out” of arts careers due to low wages and a lack of job security.

Venue secures legal protection against noise complaints

12 Apr 2019

A planning condition will prevent any future residents in a housing development adjacent to The Stables in Milton Keynes from submitting private nuisance complaints about the noise.

National Museum of Wales says its collections ‘embed historical injustice’

11 Apr 2019

The venue has responded to research that found work by 83 women featured in temporary exhibitions between 2016 and 2018, compared to work by 273 men – and that more than half of the female artists featured in a single exhibition. Director David Anderson said the museum would now aim for a 50% target for women artists for contemporary shows.

DJs chip in to save arts education charity

10 Apr 2019

Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Floating Points are some of the acts to have hosted events or donated money to Leeds charity Music and Arts Production (MAP), which gives opportunities to young people excluded from school to gain qualifications in creative arts. MAP needs to raise £900k to refurbish the site as part of efforts to protect the venue from redevelopment.

Stars criticise weight demands for male actors

10 Apr 2019

Actor Richard Madden, who starred as a Principal Protection Officer in the BBC drama Bodyguard, has criticised entertainment industry requirements for women and men – with male actors often told to lose weight, eat little and work out twice a day for certain roles. His comments were echoed by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who said keeping in shape for the camera can “become a drag”.

Boost arts budget by 50%, urges Jersey politician

08 Apr 2019

Deputy Montfort Tadier is calling for lawmakers to raise funding for the arts to 1% of government spending by 2022, to bring it in line with the European Union average for cultural spend. Jersey’s current arts budget is £4,787,600 – or 0.68% of total spending.

ENO plans more welcoming building entrance

08 Apr 2019

Responding to visitor feedback that the grade-I listed front doors of its Coliseum building are “excluding”, the company is exploring options including installing inner glass doors, so the historic doors can be opened outwards.

Without Walls festival network doubles in size

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05 Apr 2019

The number of partnerships connected to the Without Walls consortium, one of Arts Council England’s new core-funded organisations, will expand to involve 36 members.

Scotland’s top composer accused of ‘hypocrisy’ for accepting Government funding

05 Apr 2019

David Greig, Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, said Sir James MacMillan’s decision to accept £150k for five concerts of his work was surprising, given his previous criticism of artists as “government stooges”, and attacks on Greig for producing “propaganda masquerading as art”.

Sheffield Theatres criticised for not paying audio describers

05 Apr 2019

Jane Ensell, who spent eight years as an audio describer at Sheffield Theatres, said she was leaving the organisation because it does not pay for the work – despite paying for services for D/deaf audiences.

New 1,100 seat theatre planned for London’s Royal Docks

05 Apr 2019

Dutch Production company NEW Productions is seeking planning permission for the project, which it hopes to complete by 2020. Plans would include a “360-degree set”, which the company says has not been seen in the UK before.

Arts Council England to research diversity of children’s literature

05 Apr 2019

The national funder is partnering with Sheffield Hallam University to explore why there are too few ethnically diverse characters in children’s books, and what can be done to encourage change.

Price hikes will restrict access, Northern Ireland sector warned

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05 Apr 2019

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has reported that average ticket prices have risen above the rate of inflation over the last three years.

New parliamentary group to support diversity in the arts

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04 Apr 2019

The Creative Diversity APPG is chaired by former Arts Minister Ed Vaizey and its Vice Chairs include Tracy Brabin MP, who has been heavily involved in campaigns to support parents in the arts.

Cities urged to ‘humanise their buildings’ to help music thrive

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04 Apr 2019

A new report says music can have a powerful impact on the economy and people’s wellbeing, provided places develop the right infrastructure to support it. 

Fire breaks out at Blackburn arts centre

04 Apr 2019

Up to 70 firefighters were called to the scene at The Bureau Centre for the Arts, home to community groups and artists, after a large fire broke out overnight at the grade-II listed building.  The cause of the fire remains unknown, and it is believed no one was in the building at the time.

Arts organisations join forces to declare ‘ecological emergency’

04 Apr 2019

A procession of more than 150 people stopped traffic on Waterloo Bridge this week, as it marched from Somerset House to Shakespeare’s Globe to launch the ‘Culture Declares Emergency’ campaign. The initiative has been backed by almost 200 cultural organisations and individuals, including the Royal Court, Battersea Arts Centre and HOME in Manchester.

Creative industries suffer from ‘Guardian reader syndrome’, says BEIS diversity lead

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03 Apr 2019

Conference delegates heard that unconscious bias in recruitment continues to be a serious problem.

Edinburgh Science Festival cuts ties with fossil fuel sponsors

03 Apr 2019

Fossil fuel companies will no longer be able to back the 2019 event because the organisers feel “increasingly compromised” when programming environmentally-focused events. The festival says the oil and gas sector is “not moving fast enough” to address climate change.


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