Royal Academy of Arts unveils £56m expansion

14 May 2018

The capital project has created 70% more public space, including a new suite of galleries, a lecture theatre, cafes and shops, and linked the Royal Academy’s two sites: Burlington House and Burlington Gardens.

Arts Council of Ireland issues impartiality warning

14 May 2018

The national arts funder has contacted several arts organisations ahead of a referendum on the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, which effectively bans abortion, to ensure they are not using their funding for political purposes. This follows the Charities Regulator issuing an order to an arts centre to remove a ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural.

Two new permanent homes for Southwark Playhouse

11 May 2018

The theatre, which has operated in temporary venues since it was founded in 1993, has announced it will move to a permanent venue in Elephant and Castle next year with a 300-seat flexible theatre space. In addition, a satellite venue in London Bridge will be home to its work with emerging artists, with two spaces of 150 and 200 seats.

1,200-seat Tunbridge Wells theatre gets council go-ahead

11 May 2018

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has approved planning proposals for a £90m theatre and civic centre, which will replace the 985-seat Assembly Hall.

Arts help deliver person-centred care for older people

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11 May 2018

An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.

ACE less able to support arts organisations in crisis

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11 May 2018

A £2.1m fall in the national funder’s annual NPO contingency budget means its ability to respond to requests for financial intervention will be reduced.

Ofsted culture lead: ‘I’ve not seen arts side-lined in schools’

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11 May 2018

The newly appointed National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts said she would wait to hear the views of inspectors from across the country before drawing conclusions about the national state of arts education.

Welsh lottery failure brings arts grants programme to an end

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11 May 2018

Plans to distribute £5m to good causes have been frustrated by the collapse of Loteri Cymru, which failed to attract sufficient lottery players.

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp becomes Director of Africa Centre

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11 May 2018

The former Chief Executive of The Place joins as the organisation embarks on a major capital project and seeks to redefine itself as the international centre for contemporary African culture, business and innovation.

Central School of Ballet suffers £50k touring van theft

10 May 2018

Lighting, sound equipment, staging materials, props and 100 costumes were stolen along with the van from secure premises in Farringdon, London. The company said the real loss was the £20k costumes, which were for the trainee ballet dancers’ upcoming showcase tour.

Lyn Gardner dropped from the Guardian

09 May 2018

Revered theatre critic Lyn Gardner, who was contracted to write 130 reviews and 28,000 words of features a year for the newspaper, has had her contract discontinued. The move, which has been met with criticism from theatre leaders, follows the newspaper’s decision last year to cut Gardner’s 150 annual theatre blogs.

UK theatre bodies estimate EU lighting ban may cost UK £1bn

09 May 2018

The new estimate by UK Theatre and SOLT – which is more than five times higher than initial predictions – warns that if the European regulations come into force, theatres would be in the “untenable position” of being unable to replace equipment as no suitable replacements currently exist.

Government plans to share national collection across the country

09 May 2018

New Arts Minister Michael Ellis has promised to publish plans on moving artworks out of the capital and into cathedrals and town halls in the regions by the end of the year.

English National Opera apologises for ‘elitist’ food and drink ban

09 May 2018

The opera company said the requirement for Coliseum audience members to dispose of food and drink before entering the building, which was originally applied only to those attending rock and pop concerts and musical shows, will now be extended to all events. ENO said it was “really sorry” if its previous policy gave the wrong impression about its values.

Artists urge Government to not “blindly press ahead with the EBacc”

09 May 2018

A joint letter, penned by more than 100 of the UK’s leading artists – including 15 Turner Prize winners – says there is “compelling evidence” that creative subjects are in decline in state schools and that exam entries for arts subjects are at their lowest level for a decade as a result of Government education policy. In response, the Department for Education said the percentage of pupils taking arts GCSEs “has remained stable” since the introduction of the EBacc.

Emails reveal confusion at Creative Scotland during funding row

09 May 2018

Almost 30 emails and documents released to Herald Scotland following a freedom of information request reveal one senior member of staff did not understand why a particular company was refused regular funding, and some staff had not seen the final list of funding awards before it was made public. The documents were requested after the national funder reversed plans to cut regular funding to several arts organisations following public backlash earlier this year.

Institute of Fundraising: Don’t refuse money on ethics alone

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04 May 2018

The membership body has collated and updated guidance on accepting and refusing donations, stressing the importance of adhering to a charity’s purpose as set out in its constitution.

Men still dominate major arts organisations, data reveals

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04 May 2018

The rise of women chief executives has been concentrated in the smallest of arts organisations, an examination of England’s National Portfolio Organisations has shown.

Artists call for ACE to take more risks and better defend regions

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04 May 2018

A candid response by What Next? Newcastle Gateshead to Arts Council England’s ten-year strategy consultation tells ACE to listen to the arts community in each region and “not lump everyone into the ‘North’”.

Doctors move closer to unified plan for arts on prescription

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04 May 2018

27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.

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