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.

Back reading to tackle loneliness epidemic, Government urged

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09 Nov 2018

A new report calls for £200m investment and a national reading movement to improve the UK’s mental health, wellbeing and social mobility.

New Artistic Director at Bolton Octagon

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09 Nov 2018

Lotte Wakeham has set out her vision for the theatre, which includes “tonnes of participatory work” as the venue undergoes a major capital redevelopment.

Factory Manchester overspend nears £20m

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09 Nov 2018

Changes to block out noise, alongside rocketing design and construction costs, have added millions to the project’s budget, the council admits.

Disused Edinburgh tram depot becomes artists' workspace

09 Nov 2018

Following a £1.3m redevelopment, Leith Walk Studios will open as a flexible workspace for businesses, entrepreneurs and artists in a former tram depot that has not been used for 60 years.

Mackintosh theatre purchase falls through

09 Nov 2018

The current owner of the Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End has withdrawn from plans to sell the venue to Cameron Mackintosh after receiving higher offers. Mackintosh had been planning to transform the building into a flexible space named the Sondheim Theatre.

Theatre company stands by Anthony Ekundayo Lennon decision

09 Nov 2018

Michael Buffong, Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company, said he was always aware of Lennon’s ‘unique and complicated story’ and that he had sought legal advice before deciding that the director, who has white heritage but identifies as mixed race, was eligible for a scheme aimed at BAME professionals.

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.

Detained Russian theatre director goes on trial for fraud

07 Nov 2018

Well-known critic of Russian censorship, Kirill Serebrennikov, faces up to a decade in prison following accusations of embezzling £1.5m from a theatre project. His arrest last year raised fears of a crackdown on artistic freedom in the country.

Stoke to go ahead with culture plans despite budget cuts

07 Nov 2018

A City Council fund originally set up in the wake of the city’s unsuccessful bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will be cut by 50% next year to £100k, but local politicians say the difference will be met by volunteers, businesses and external agencies.

More evidence on music education woes

06 Nov 2018

Poorer children are half as likely to take music lessons as those from better-off families, a new study by the Musicians Union has concluded. The findings come as musician John Thirkell warns the Government that music education “has been thrown to the wolves” in the UK.

Multimillion-pound renovation for Edinburgh Theatre

06 Nov 2018

The King’s Theatre will close for two years and see capacity reduced from 1,300 to 1,100 to provide more space for hospitality. The box office, which was revamped six years ago, will be replaced with a new café bar.

Board shadowing initiative in Yorkshire theatres aims to improve diversity

05 Nov 2018

Ten members of Artistic Directors for the Future, a programme supporting theatre professionals from diverse backgrounds, will be granted access to the boardrooms of five venues over a four-month period to help them build relationships and develop insights.

Cautious proposals for early years Artsmark award

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02 Nov 2018

A report has concluded that extending the award would be of limited use unless a new scheme were to incorporate professional development and network-building opportunities.

‘Live to digital’ screenings aren’t diversifying audiences, research finds

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02 Nov 2018

Screened versions of live performances are mostly made by large organisations and consumed by those that would attend the arts anyway.

‘Open abuse’ directed at Creative Scotland staff during funding row

02 Nov 2018

Appearing before a parliamentary culture committee, the national funder’s bosses said the organisation would never seek to “inhibit” the ability for organisations to mount future criticism.

Government to write to universities about widening facilitating subjects

02 Nov 2018

After music’s exclusion from the Russell Group’s list of ‘facilitating subjects’ was criticised in a Lords debate, Education Minister Lord Agnew said his department will write to some universities to “test their appetite” for including it.

Wales urged to consider moving music services away from local authorities

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02 Nov 2018

The Government has also been advised to establish national pop and rock competitions, and significantly increase funding for musical instruments.

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