Actors Touring Company and Ramin Gray part ways following misconduct investigation

11 Jul 2018

Gray, who was issued with a formal written warning two weeks ago over claims of inappropriate behaviour, has left his role as Artistic Director of the company with immediate effect. Actors Touring Company confirmed that the complaints amounted to “inappropriate verbal conduct” and that there were no findings of physical or sexual misconduct.

Glasgow School of Art to be rebuilt

11 Jul 2018

The school’s Director, Tom Inns, told the Guardian it is “critically important” for the city and for the institution that the building “comes back as the Mackintosh building”. His comments come as work begins on dismantling a large part of the south-east and west facades.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland consults on new 5-year strategy

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11 Jul 2018

Political deadlock has led to the current strategy being extended for a year.

Jeremy Wright becomes new Culture Secretary

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10 Jul 2018

Matt Hancock’s promotion to Health Secretary means the lead role at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now filled by the former Attorney General with a taste for James Bond films.

Tate St Ives becomes Museum of the Year

09 Jul 2018

The Art Fund’s annual prize was awarded to the Cornwall-based gallery last week, which was praised for its “deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful” extension that opened last year.

New Executive Director for Tobacco Factory Theatres

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06 Jul 2018

Mary Caws, who has held similar roles at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Watford Palace Theatre, will take up post next month.

Russell Group universities urged to revise A level subject advice

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06 Jul 2018

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts told peers the current selection of ‘facilitating subjects’ was not based on evidence and had skewed students’ A level choices.

Green light for artistic quality measurement scheme

06 Jul 2018

Counting What Counts Ltd has won the £2.3m contract to deliver the quality measurement system that England’s larger arts organisations will use from October.

DCMS proposes tenfold increase in society lottery sales limit

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06 Jul 2018

The Government is consulting on proposals that include increasing the amount society lotteries can raise to £100m a year, but Camelot has warned that the changes could put returns to good causes at risk.

Actors criticise audience members for watching World Cup during performance

06 Jul 2018

Cast members at Nottingham Theatre Royal’s performance of Titanic The Musical labelled two front-row audience members “ignorant” for watching the football on their phones and cheering during “the most poignant moment” of the lifeboats scene.

Gig-goer wins diabetes discrimination case

06 Jul 2018

A judge awarded £2,000 in compensation to a woman with type 1 diabetes whose bottle of Lucozade was confiscated by security staff when she attended a gig in Belfast.

Europe rejects controversial copyright law

06 Jul 2018

The European Parliament has rejected the Copyright Directive after its controversial Article 13 was criticised by campaigners for threatening internet freedom. The Directive had been welcomed by artists including Paul McCartney, and The Musicians Union has pledged to “redouble” its efforts to ensure the legislation passes when it is debated again in September.

Arts teacher numbers plummet by almost a quarter

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05 Jul 2018

9,000 secondary school arts teachers have left their jobs in England since 2011.

Creative business growth stunted by lack of finance

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05 Jul 2018

Creative enterprises often rely on informal funding and believe financiers do not understand their business fully, new research finds.

1,500-seat theatre added to Olympia creative hub plans

05 Jul 2018

The new theatre will be part of the £700m, 73,000 square foot development, alongside other additions including a second performing arts venue, studios and creative offices.

Future of Museums at Night festival unclear

04 Jul 2018

The May event in London will be replaced by a new festival from 2019, and the overall future of the initiative outside of the capital remains unclear as operator Culture 24 considers different options for museum and gallery lates.

Police investigate fresh allegations against Kevin Spacey

04 Jul 2018

London police are now investigating a total of six allegations against the actor, following complaints received between February and April of historic sexual assault against men in London and Gloucester.    

Water damage at Lighthouse theatre

03 Jul 2018

Poole’s Lighthouse theatre remains closed after work on the stage triggered the sprinkler system, causing “extensive water damage”.

Most Scottish museums and galleries not using new tax relief

03 Jul 2018

Three-quarters of organisations are not taking advantage of the Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief, which applies from 1 April 2017, a survey by Arts & Business Scotland and accountancy firm Scott-Moncrieff has found.

Stage manager with broken feet sues for £100k

03 Jul 2018

Andrew Parish, whose feet were crushed in 2015 by a counterweight during a rehearsal of Snow White in Llandudno, is suing pantomime firm Qdos Entertainment, equipment provider Twins Worldwide (TW) and one of TW’s employees for negligence.

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