Interim findings from the union’s investigation into sexual harassment in theatre conclude at least three people should be present for auditions. Equity is also calling for theatres to have clear policies on bullying and harassment – and to demand them from visiting companies – and for employers to designate a ‘go-to’ person who is trained to deal with issues raised.
Playwright Abhishek Majumdar claims the British Council pressured the London theatre to drop a play about Tibet last year to avoid a negative reaction in China, where the theatre recently worked with 16 writers. The Royal Court said it had withdrawn the production for financial reasons but that it now plans to stage it next year. The British Council said it had no influence on the theatre’s programme.
A pre-Raphaelite painting depicting pubescent nymphs has been removed from display at Manchester Art Gallery and, in its place, visitors are being invited to share their reactions on post-it notes. The gallery said the move is intended to “prompt conversations about how we display and interpret artworks” and is a reaction to the ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘#MeToo’ movements.
Following allegations of a “hostile working environment” at the organisation, which reportedly caused one third of the company’s dancers to leave within two years, Arts Council England has met with English National Ballet and discussed the situation “in some depth”.
A joint statement by eight of the ten board members at the Arts Council of Northern Island says a recent claim by Chair John Edmund that arts groups are too dependent on grant aid “did not reflect any discussion or position which had been agreed by the Arts Council Board”.
Following a decision to reduce opening times at six of Edinburgh’s museums and galleries to just five days a week, visitor numbers have fallen by 21%, and retail and donation income is down 25%. Responding to the figures, Labour councillor Donald Wilson said: “We need to do something else”.
A survey of 1,200 schools by the BBC found four in ten secondary schools are spending less on facilities, three in ten are reducing arts lesson time, and some are increasing reliance on voluntary donations from parents to fund provision.
£4m a year in lottery funding has been allocated to the Film Audience Network until 2022, and boundaries have been redrawn to align with Arts Council England’s regions. Some funding decisions and talent scouting have been devolved to lead organisations in the network, including HOME in Manchester and Bristol’s Watershed.
The organisers of the £5m Government project – which will be hosted by NewcastleGateshead – are inviting submissions for allied performances and events across the North. Bradford Literature Festival and Bradford Science Festival have already signed up to the new ‘Inspired by’ programme.