London’s Olympia to become ‘world-leading cultural hub’

17 Sep 2019

A £1bn redevelopment of the events centre is expected to create a “substantial increase in both the quantity of arts and cultural activity that could be accommodated, and the quality of that activity”.

Banksy's former agent quits his own gallery

17 Sep 2019

Steve Lazarides is leaving the art dealing business two years after opening his gallery, Lazinc, in Mayfair, London. Lazarides said running a gallery is "too expensive", and cited snobbery and the death of subculture in the art world as the reasons for his decision.

Council creates £90k arts fund by taxing developers

17 Sep 2019

London's Hackney Council has already distributed thousands of pounds to support an arts exhibition, dance theatre group, pottery workshops, a creative teacher training scheme and local venue Hoxton Hall. The Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund comes from Section 106 contributions, which are paid by developers whose projects will have significant impacts on an area.

British Council urged to clarify its use of UK culture

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16 Sep 2019

A report says the organisation is confusing the distinct aims of attracting investment and developing broader influence.

Professor ‘at heart of Nazi elite’ worked for top London galleries

16 Sep 2019

In 1947 the National Gallery and the Courtauld Institute of Art arranged for German art restorer Professor Kurt Wehlte to come to London to share his expertise with the institutions. Morwenna Blewett, a research fellow at the Ashmolean Museum and Worcester College, University of Oxford, said that Wehlte operated “at the heart of the Nazi cultural and criminal elite” and that his links to the Third Reich would have been known by British and US authorities.

£6m visual arts centre planned in Dorset town

16 Sep 2019

The Paddock Project, which has received funding from a local philanthropist, is set to open in Sherborne in 2022. Alongside two galleries, the venue will include a cinema and performance space, and two studios for events and activities.

New diversity targets: ACE’s policy leads share their thinking on draft strategy

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13 Sep 2019

Arts Council England responds to questions from ArtsProfessional and the sector exploring its plans for the next 10 years.

Helen Whately appointed Arts Minister

13 Sep 2019

The former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education Minister recently came under fire for supporting education policy that would “destroy genuine creativity”.

Rooftop theatre solves noise concerns

13 Sep 2019

Bluetooth headphones will be used at an upcoming film festival programme at The Potemkin Theatre in Haggerston, London, assuaging noise concerns from the local council and its residents. Hackney Council had commissioned an acoustic report into the venue that indicated the owners would otherwise have been obliged to spend thousands of pounds on sound deadening works.

Council consults on 'options' for Doncaster museum

13 Sep 2019

Doncaster Council is surveying residents' ideas for the future of the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery as the 2020 opening of a new Central Library and Museum approaches. The museum will become the new home of the Doncaster Archives, but the council says it wants to "get a feel for what else people would like to see inside the building and on the surrounding grounds". 

Labour could bring in tourist tax, says Tom Watson

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12 Sep 2019

The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.

Museums and tourist boards at odds over cultural tourism

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12 Sep 2019

A new survey finds that one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.

Sheffield gallery faces 'eye-watering' repair costs

12 Sep 2019

Cupola Gallery is fundraising £40,000 for urgent repairs after learning its floor could collapse in six months' time. Staff said the "eye-watering" cost presents a "terrifying target" as the gallery approaches its 30th anniversary. The venue is still safe to visit.

Hamilton ditches anti-touting ticket system

12 Sep 2019

The West End musical will return to selling tickets through third-party retailers despite saying the system it had developed, in which theatregoers showed their ID and the payment card used to purchase the tickets, had "exceeded expectations". In a statement, the show's producers said they were "confident the West End can slowly revert to a more open selling operation to the benefit of the public".

Preston museum unveils new wellbeing space

11 Sep 2019

Harris Museum in Preston has opened a gallery dedicated to exploring how art can improve wellbeing. The NHS' Lancashire Recovery College will offer wellbeing activities, including creative writing and mindfulness courses, at the site every Monday.

£5m rebuild for fire-ravaged Swansea theatre

11 Sep 2019

The city's Palace Theatre, which was recently damaged in a suspected arson attack, has been empty since 2006. Its historic facade will be restored and the building refurbished with a "fully modern interior", the local council has said.

Chinese officials accused of targeting play

10 Sep 2019

Dr Shupin Wang says Chinese officials have told her friends and family they should persuade her to cancel a show based on her life due to open at London's Hampstead Theatre this week. Wang, who exposed the spread of hepatitis and HIV through contaminated blood in China in the 1990s, said she believes "their reason is that this play will embarrass and damage the Chinese government and the reputations of specific officials".

£100k reward for stolen tiara

10 Sep 2019

The Portland Tiara, designed for the Duchess of Portland to wear to the royal coronation in 1902, was taken from an art gallery in Nottinghamshire in November last year. Police have arrested six people in connection with the burglary but have not found the crown. A private £100,000 appeal for its return has been administered by the Art Loss Register.

ACE funds ‘sustainable future’ for Bristol’s Arnolfini

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09 Sep 2019

A £1.8 million commitment to the troubled gallery reflects its “vital importance” to reinvigorating contemporary and visual art in the city, the funder says.

ENO offers critics' extra tickets to bloggers

09 Sep 2019

Critics' second free tickets to opening night events will be offered to 10 novice critcs to increase opera's appeal and allow people to review it "more emotionally, not just from a technical standpoint", English National Opera Chief Executive Stuart Murphy said. Some are unhappy about the change, saying there are plenty of free seats and that new voices can be introduced alongside experienced journalists and their guests.

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