Backstage union creates new anti-harassment campaign

29 Jan 2019

BECTU’s ‘Dignity at Work’ policy comes in response to a survey the organisation conducted last year, which found more than 50% of women in the creative industries had seen or experienced bullying or sexual harassment at work. The campaign will challenge a culture of long working hours, and aims to send a clear message that its members should be “treated with dignity wherever they work”.

British Museum Director provokes anger by claiming it was ‘creative’ to take Parthenon marbles

29 Jan 2019

In an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea, British Museum chief Hartwig Fischer said the sculptures – which were removed from Athens by British colonialists in the 19th century – would not be returned, and that the act of placing them in a museum could be seen as a “creative act”.

ENO initiative to recruit more BAME singers

28 Jan 2019

As part of a push to increase diversity, the company will take on four new choristers from BAME backgrounds for its 2019/20 season. ENO is also offering three placements providing an opportunity for BAME directors to work alongside “world-renowned” opera directors.

Edinburgh mulls charging tourists for museum entry

28 Jan 2019

The city’s council leader Adam McVey said introducing entry fees for visitors, while maintaining free access for city residents, was one possible outcome from a review of cultural services. The authority is aiming to save £150m by 2023.

Boost for social prescribing

28 Jan 2019

NHS England has said it will recruit more than 1,000 ‘link workers’ to connect patients with suitable community activities such as arts groups. The health service’s long-term ambition is to see link workers handling 900,000 appointments every year.

Hedge fund ends sponsorship of Man Booker prize

28 Jan 2019

Amid reports of “strained” relations, the Man Group hedge fund says this year will be the last that it sponsors the prize. The fund’s £1.6m annual support for the award has proved controversial, with novelist Sebastian Faulks describing Man Group as “the enemy” last year.

Experts criticise model music curriculum

25 Jan 2019

Thirty education academics have signed an open letter to the Department for Education expressing doubts about its recently-announced model music curriculum. The signatories question the democratic legitimacy of the new curriculum and the level of expertise on the panel tasked with overseeing it, as well as highlighting potential conflicts of interest. The DfE has been asked to supply further details on how it recruited the panel.

Major study to track impact of creative activity on children aged 0-25

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25 Jan 2019

The joint Arts Council England and De Montfort University initiative will follow 100 children born in Leicester for the first 25 years of their lives.

South West towns join forces in ‘creative coastline’ vision

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25 Jan 2019

Arts organisations in the new Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch city region have backed a new long-term enquiry into placing culture at the heart of local life.

Plans progress for a North West bid to become UK City of Culture 2025

25 Jan 2019

Following consultations with local stakeholders, Marketing Lancashire and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership have pledged to bid for the coveted title when the call for applications is announced at the end of this year. A team is being established to support the bid, which is seen as a  “catalyst for a step change in the county’s cultural and economic development”.

Pay crisis builds as arts workers struggle to make ends meet

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25 Jan 2019

Across the UK, but especially in London, arts workers are considering their futures in the sector as salaries have fallen out of step with the cost of living.

Arts Council of Wales to ‘renew and strengthen’ relationship with Europe post-Brexit

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25 Jan 2019

The national funder’s latest international strategy sets out ambitions to showcase Wales’ artists on a global stage and use culture to bring communities together.

MPs and arts organisations pledge to support disabled access

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25 Jan 2019

More than 100 people and organisations have signed The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, making an urgent plea for strategic partnerships between Special Educational Needs organisations and cultural institutions.

Record box office takings at West End

24 Jan 2019

Data released by the Society of London Theatres reveals West End theatres took £766m at the box office in 2018 – an 8.6% increase on the previous year, with a 3% growth in audiences. Revenue increased by a similar proportion at regional box offices (up 8.4% to £510m), but audiences grew by just 0.3%.

Arts Council issues no-deal Brexit guidance for arts organisations

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23 Jan 2019

A new document draws together relevant Government policies on topics including touring to EU countries, moving goods across borders, and adapting to a new intellectual property landscape.

Northern Ireland Opera forced to provide holiday pay to actors

23 Jan 2019

Two actors were successful in their legal claims that they were entitled to holiday pay because they were “employees working under contracts of employment” for a six-week period. It is believed the case will have ramifications for actors and other arts organisations across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Plans released for multi-million-pound National Portrait Gallery refurbishment

23 Jan 2019

The £35.5m project includes a new entrance, a new learning space and new galleries in the east wing, aiming to showcase more of the gallery’s collection and improve visitor experience.

Theatres Trust highlights 31 at-risk venues

23 Jan 2019

The Theatres at Risk register for 2019 adds two new venues – Tottenham Palace theatres and Theatr Ardudwy – and calls for more collaboration between theatre owners, operators, local authorities and community groups to protect the threatened venues.

Royal Northern College of Music to research musical ‘earworms’

23 Jan 2019

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will be used to understand why sections of some music get ‘stuck’ in a person’s mind.

Culture leaders support people’s vote on Brexit

22 Jan 2019

Arts figures, including Matthew Slotover, Co-Director of Frieze Art Fair, and Gary Waterston, Managing Director of Gagosian Gallery, are among 161 people who have signed a letter saying that another public vote on Brexit is the only way to stop the UK leaving the EU with no deal.


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