Hall for Cornwall to close for two years for £20m revamp

14 Feb 2018

The venue will close in June and is expected to reopen in 2020. The refurbishment will see capacity in the auditorium increased from 965 to 1,354 and the creation of a new ‘Creative Tech Hub’, which will support post-graduates, new talent and start-up digital businesses.

Birmingham Rep evacuated following explosion

14 Feb 2018

Around 1,000 audience members were evacuated from the theatre on Tuesday night after reports of an explosion in the staff-only section. No casualties were reported, and the theatre said the incident was caused by a “technical fault”.

Warwick Arts Centre revamp kicks into gear

13 Feb 2018

Plans to develop three digital auditoria and a ground floor gallery to exhibit sculpture and photography – set for completion ahead of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021 – have been give a £4.2m boost by Arts Council England.

Theatres commit to improved working conditions for parents

13 Feb 2018

The National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company are among 20 high-profile arts organisations to sign the Parents in Performing Arts charter, which includes objectives such as making roles open to job-sharing.

Germany to fund support for victims of sexual harassment in creative industries

13 Feb 2018

Culture Minister Monika Grütters said the Government would set up a “protected space” where people working in dance, music, theatre and film could receive anonymous advice and support.

Old Vic overhauls board following Spacey turmoil

13 Feb 2018

A series of proposed changes would see Sally Greene lose her honorary title of Chief Executive but remain with the board with unchanged responsibilities as ‘Founding Trustee’. A new restriction would prevent incoming trustees serving for more than nine years, although this will not apply to existing board members. Director Stephen Daldry, who took up a trustee position in 1998, has left the board.

Creative Scotland chiefs face parliamentary grilling over funding

13 Feb 2018

Chief Executive Janet Archer and Interim Chair Ben Thomson have been called before the Scottish Parliament’s Culture Committee next week to explain the process for allocating funding. Controversy surrounding Creative Scotland’s latest round of funding culminated last week in a U-turn on planned cuts for five organisations.

Group bids to run Haymarket Theatre as female-led space

12 Feb 2018

The Bossy collective, the team behind a large Facebook group run as a supportive space for women in the creative industries, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £3m to buy the central London venue.

Neuroscientists discover how to measure creative thinking

12 Feb 2018

After using a brain scanner to test volunteers' ability to find creative solutions to problems, scientists at Harvard University have worked out how to measure the flexibility of someone’s thinking.

Current music education system a ‘disaster’ for post-Brexit UK

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09 Feb 2018

Music and dance leaders have implored a Lords select committee to support the introduction of a special arrangement within the visa system for performers.

Specialist arts colleges among the most elitist in the country

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09 Feb 2018

Two arts institutions accepted a lower proportion of students from a state school background than Oxford or Cambridge last year.

Late openings key to improving gallery audience diversity

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09 Feb 2018

Museums and galleries are urged to regularly extend opening hours and put on after-hours events, which are estimated to be worth an annual £9.6m in ticket sales.

Brexit could affect staff at one in three UK museums

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09 Feb 2018

The Museums Association’s annual survey finds 4% of the workforce are non-UK EU citizens.

Government to crack down on unpaid arts internships

09 Feb 2018

HMRC has issued warning letters to 550 companies, in sectors including law, media and the performing arts, reminding them that employing unpaid interns as workers to avoid paying the national minimum wage is “against the law and exploitative”.

Parliament to discuss shared parental leave for freelance workers

09 Feb 2018

Shadow Education Minister Tracy Brabin will table a bill later this month calling for freelance mothers in sectors including the creative industries to be given access to shared parental leave.

‘World first’ as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra establishes disabled-led ensemble

08 Feb 2018

The six-strong group of musicians will be a permanent fixture of the orchestra’s output, performing both alongside the orchestra and as a standalone ensemble. The initiative has been driven by conductor James Rose, who is one of Arts Council England’s diversity ‘Change Makers’.

Pressure mounts on Arts Council of Northern Ireland Chair

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08 Feb 2018

51 regularly funded arts organisations have supported a statement expressing no confidence in the funder’s Chair, who has spent weeks embroiled in controversy.

Creative Scotland U-turns on arts funding cuts

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06 Feb 2018

£2.6m of additional funds will be used to re-admit five organisations into the core-funded portfolio until 2021, in a move described as a “victory for common sense”.

Brighton gallery at risk of closure following cuts

06 Feb 2018

Fabrica, founded 22 years ago, has launched a crowdfunding scheme after Brighton and Hove City Council cancelled a regular £20k grant.

Scottish artist workspace under threat after building sold

06 Feb 2018

St Margaret House in Edinburgh, home to more than 200 workshops used by painters, charities, theatres and craftsmen, may be turned into student flats after the building was sold to developers.


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