London Borough of Culture: Council U-turns on funding commitment

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02 Aug 2019

Waltham Forest has backtracked on an offer of £35k funding for a festival whose legacy formed part of the evidence used to support the council’s winning bid.

Men earn 60% more at Edinburgh Fringe

02 Aug 2019

Women earn on average just 40% of what men working at Edinburgh Fringe get, despite "dominating" almost every sector of the festival, according to new research from activist theatre company Power Play. The reported pay gap, based on data relating to about 1500 workers, is seven times the national average.

Black arts philanthropy initiative under way

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01 Aug 2019

Researchers and fundraisers are looking to pilot new models for encouraging financial support to Black-led arts organisations.

£750k upgrade for Coventry performance venue

31 Jul 2019

The Box is being renovated ahead of the UK City of Culture 2021 to add a moveable stage, theatre lighting and seating for up to 250 people. Coventry City Councillor Jim O'Boyle said the redevelopment would encourage more visits to an area that is "alive with creative talent".

‘I lied about where I work’: report reveals ACE’s reputation as an employer

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31 Jul 2019

Interviews and consultations found “perceptual and systematic barriers to attracting and recruiting the best talent” at Arts Council England amid a belief that new employees have joined “the dark side”.

Stockton Globe renovation cost rises to £26.7m

31 Jul 2019

A contractor leading the project has promised the redevelopment, initially budgeted at £4m, will be delivered on time and on budget. Stockton councillors have expressed concerns about the scheme's viability, but voted last month to grant it an extra £6.5m. The theatre's reopening has been delayed until November 2020.

Boris Johnson and Munira Mirza: dream team or death knell for the arts?

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30 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson's Government has announced £2.1bn more to support planning for a no-deal Brexit - but what will its attitude towards the arts be? We consider how the former London mayoral team might approach cultural policy.

Reviewers banned from Edinburgh Fringe

30 Jul 2019

Online arts magazines Shortcom and The Mumble were demanding cash for reviews of shows. The Edinburgh Fringe Society said the publishers' approach discriminated against performing arts companies and producers who were unable to pay for exposure.

Creative industries could face workforce crisis after Brexit, says research

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29 Jul 2019

A new report finds skills shortages in the sector are likely to be deepened by “a lowering of workforce quality” if EU workers are forced to leave the UK after Brexit.

Mother-daughter team open Isle of Wight arts centre

29 Jul 2019

Dawn Fidler and Jenna Sabine celebrated the opening of Monkton Arts in Ryde on Sunday. The pair had been displaying and selling local artists' work in their cafe and wanted bigger premises in the area, Fidler said. The new centre includes a gallery and two studios.

14-18 NOW: correction

26 Jul 2019

In last week’s ArtsProfessional we published an article covering the DCMS Committee’s report on the UK’s First World War centenary programme.

We’d like to make clear that the comments made by the DCMS committee about project oversights and areas for improvement were specifically made regarding the DCMS’s role in the project in co-ordinating the UK-wide commemorations, and were not a criticism of 14-18 NOW, or other organisations involved in the artistic and creative programme for the centenary.

Chadderton steps down from UK Theatre

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26 Jul 2019

CASSIE CHADDERTON is to step down as Head of industry body UK Theatre after less than four years in post to become the first Chief Executive of World Book Day.

London receives a third of all ACE funding

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26 Jul 2019

The capital continues to dominate Arts Council funding allocation, but distribution of the agency’s National Lottery Project Grants is in line with a target of 75% of Lottery revenue for regional areas.

Shrewsbury theatre closed by director

26 Jul 2019

Adrian Monahan said he has been suffering from a prolonged illness that meant he was "uanble to maintain the necessary energy" to run the Wightman Theatre. The venue opened four years ago and hosted musicals, dramas, concerts, poetry sessions and food fairs. 

Nicky Morgan is Culture Secretary. What does that mean for the arts?

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25 Jul 2019

The former Education Secretary has previously expressed support for the EBacc and once claimed that studying the arts is not “useful” for many careers.

What do you want to ask ACE about the new 10 year strategy?

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25 Jul 2019

The Arts Council admits it should do more to promote everyday creativity, after a record of  “not always full throated” support.

Arts should be central to ‘UK Garden City’ scheme, report says

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24 Jul 2019

MPs have championed gardens as an artform and argue their contribution to the creative economy must be “explicitly recognised”.

£50m for Somerset House redevelopment

24 Jul 2019

A contest is under way to find architects to design a 700-person auditorium for the central London venue. The project aims to transform the Grade I listed building "from a series of government offices into a pioneering working arts centre and a groundbreaking cultural ecosystem" by the end of 2024.

Funding for creative qualifications cut

23 Jul 2019

The Government has announced it will no longer fund 163 qualifications at level 3 or below, including 20 in music, media, art and design and the performing arts, from August 2020. They are considered to be "duplicate qualifications" that overlap with A levels, apprenticeships and T levels.

Petition against housing near music venue

23 Jul 2019

Milton Keynes Council plans to approve the application from Abbey Homes to build on the western boundary of local music venue The Stables. The stables says the application, which does not include a Deed of Easement, is  a deliberate attempt by the developers to circumvent the previously-imposed noise conditions" that could threaten its future. 

 

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