Equity calls for changes to audition practices to protect actors

05 Feb 2018

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.

Royal Court implicated in Tibet censorship row

05 Feb 2018

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 The Royal Court said it had withdrawn the production for financial reasons but that it now plans to stage it next year.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.

Crisis at Creative Scotland following funding decision backlash

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02 Feb 2018

Board members have resigned following outrage at the funder’s decision to end support for a number of arts organisations that work with children and disabled people. 

Chaos at Arts Council NI revealed to be months old

02 Feb 2018

Board members for the Northern Ireland arts funder – who earlier this week issued a statement distancing themselves from views expressed by Chair John Edmund – passed two votes of no confidence in their Chair last year and staged walkouts from meetings.

Magic and immersion: arts organisations to experiment with VR

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02 Feb 2018

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Pilot Theatre are among the organisations awarded grants of up to £20k to develop “riskier, content-driven projects”.

Collapse in local authority funding spells end for advocacy body

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02 Feb 2018

Arts Development UK will wind down in April after attempts to increase membership were unsuccessful, but services may be taken up by other bodies.

Arts should stop ‘pleading’ for more curriculum space

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02 Feb 2018

CC Skills Chief Executive Pauline Tambling has warned arts subjects in schools are becoming irrelevant and arts-led education work needs to be more job-focused.

Manchester gallery removes naked nymph artwork

01 Feb 2018

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. 

Arts Council wades into English National Ballet dispute

01 Feb 2018

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”.

Matt Hancock releases social media app dedicated to Matt Hancock

01 Feb 2018

Memes and trolls have descended on the Culture Secretary’s Facebook-like mobile app, intended to keep the public updated on his work as a cabinet minister and a local MP.

People with dementia need ‘universal access to music’, report says

31 Jan 2018

New research finds listening to music helps tackle anxiety, depression and agitation among people living with dementia, and calls for a dedicated music and dementia task force.

Arts Council distances itself from Chair in ‘dependency’ row

31 Jan 2018

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”.

Vast majority of West End musicians are male

31 Jan 2018

A poll of West End theatres by the Musicians’ Union found just 12% of musicians in their regular orchestras are female, and women conductors and musical directors are very rarely seen.

Edinburgh considers reversing cuts to museum and gallery opening times

31 Jan 2018

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”.

Nine in ten schools have cut back on arts provision, survey suggests

30 Jan 2018

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.

MPs to investigate social benefits of live music

30 Jan 2018

Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will build on work paused in the run up to the 2017 General Election, looking at ticket re-selling, music tourism and the impact of Brexit.

‘Deep concern’ about UK’s creative reputation post-Brexit

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29 Jan 2018

More than one in five Creative Industries Federation members say they would consider moving their business abroad if the UK and the EU reach no favourable trade deal.

BFI restructures film network to encourage arts collaboration

29 Jan 2018

£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.

Northern towns encouraged to participate in Great Exhibition of the North

29 Jan 2018

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.

Hull Truck rejects community request to perform “demeaning” play

29 Jan 2018

The theatre said Hull Playgoers’ Society could not stage a version of the BBC sitcom ‘Are You Being Served’ as it is “demeaning to women”.


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