Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

£1m from BP boosts Aberdeen gallery plans

24 May 2019

Aberdeen Arts Gallery, which has been closed for refurbishment since 2015, has accepted £1m from the oil giant to create the 'BP Galleries' in a copper-clad second-floor extension. The sponsorship will enable the gallery to host three special exhibitions each year by national and international artists.

York Theatre Royal backs arts hub for armed forces

24 May 2019

The theatre is working with the Soldiers' Arts Academy to establish an arts hub where serving and ex-service personnel and their families will be able to develop their skills in writing, acting and film, and gain the experience they need to enter a career in theatre.

Campaigners fight for Reading Gaol arts project

24 May 2019

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, has launched a petition in support of a community campaign to preserve Reading Prison as an arts venue. The derelict prison costs more than £250,000 a year to maintain and the Ministry of Justice is planning to sell the site to the highest bidder for development.

New arts minister joins Government

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23 May 2019

Rebecca Pow MP has taken over from Michael Ellis MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport.

Arts Council invests in classroom creativity

23 May 2019

A successful pilot scheme bringing artists into Northern Ireland schools is being rolled out following positive feedback on the impact it had on young people's skills, self-confidence, mental health and well-being.

Two new Welsh national museums planned

20 May 2019

The country’s Deputy Culture Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has responded to feasibility studies for a National Football Museum and a National Contemporary Art Gallery. A plan for taking the projects forward is set to be agreed by the end of the summer, following discussions between the Welsh government and key stakeholders.

Low pay forces performing artist to sleep under a bridge

20 May 2019

Actor Elise Harris, who represents a London branch of Equity, said that a member of the trade union had ended up sleeping rough because he was unable to find accommodation within his means, despite working in the West End. A motion was passed at Equity’s recent annual conference calling on the union to provide support and funds when members are experiencing homelessness.

Change education policy to save arts in schools, say MPs

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17 May 2019

A new report demands a “clear explanation” from DCMS and the Department for Education on why they have dismissed evidence about the declining provision and take-up of creative subjects.

Arts projects land £4m to boost social impact

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17 May 2019

The Creative Civic Change programme has granted multi-year funding to communities with a track record of using the arts to address social need.

Artist studio complex opens in south London Enterprise Zone

17 May 2019

Workspaces for more than 100 artists and an Enterprise Hub supporting creative entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the newly opened Creative Enterprise Zone for Deptford and New Cross.

Fundraisers concerned about donors’ future income

17 May 2019

New research warns that “the wider macroeconomic environment will impact on the ability of charities to raise funds when individuals experience a decline in disposable income”.

Creative Europe supports UK culture despite Brexit uncertainty

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17 May 2019

UK cultural organisations have been urged to "continue applications as normal" as negotiations over leaving the EU continue.

Cardiff campaign to protect grassroots culture

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17 May 2019

Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.

Fellowships to focus on arts in the built environment

17 May 2019

A new category of Churchill Fellowship has been set up to fund travel that will enable architects and other professionals to explore innovative uses of the arts in the built environment. The awards are made to encourage people to bring good ideas from overseas back to the UK and make change happen in their professions and communities.

Culture Minister resigns following 'politically-motivated' interventions

16 May 2019

A 6,500 signature petition and international protests from forty international museum directors, including Tate's Maria Balshaw, have prompted Antonin Stanek, the Czech Culture Minister, to step down. Stanek had fired Jiri Fajt, director of Prague’s National Gallery, and Michal Soukup, head of the Museum of Art in Olomouc, in a move that was widely condemned as being politically motivated.

Shakespeare's Globe development plans on ice

15 May 2019

Higher than anticipated costs will lead to a two-year delay to accommodate an increase to the capital project’s fundraising target, originally £30m. The planned extension will create a new library, archive and production facilities.

Rose Theatre under threat as Council prepares to withdraw funding

14 May 2019

Kingston Council has warned that the theatre's £265k annual funding will end by 2022 and criticised its “uncommercial” programme of events, saying “we think they can act more commercially and become more efficient in the way they are run."

Research to investigate orchestral injuries

14 May 2019

Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool John Moores University are joining forces with Help Musicians to address concerns about the prevalence and impact of playing-related injuries among professional musicians and seek prevention strategies.

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