National Theatre Wales pulls out of awards following diversity concerns

29 Jan 2018

The company decided not to attend this weekend’s Wales Theatre Awards after an open letter signed by more than 40 actors and producers criticised the lack of diversity in the shortlist.

Local council plans to dispose of 90% of art stock

29 Jan 2018

Hertfordshire County Council has launched a consultation about its plans to sell or gift 1,600 pieces of ‘non-relevant’ work from its art collection. It hopes to raise £400k, which it will use to help conserve the remaining 167 artworks.

Survey paints troubling picture of harassment in theatre

26 Jan 2018

43% of theatre workers who responded to a survey run by The Stage said they had experienced workplace bullying and 31% had been subject to sexual harassment. Creatives, performers and backstage workers, and workers with disabilities, were found to be particularly vulnerable to unfair treatment.

In the majority of cases respondents said they did not report their experiences, but of the minority who did, 70% said their employer took no action in response.

The findings are in line with the conclusions drawn from AP’s survey of arts and cultural workers last year.

Government must replace lost EU culture funding, MPs say

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26 Jan 2018

A cross-party select committee has called for continued membership of Creative Europe post-Brexit and argues for free movement during any transition period.

Languages prioritised over arts in Government teacher plans

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26 Jan 2018

The Government is gearing up for the proportion of teaching time devoted to music, drama, art and design in secondary schools to drop as it pushes for 75% of pupils to study a foreign language.

£44m music venue set for Derby

26 Jan 2018

The City Council has confirmed council tax will rise by 1% to finance the 3,000-capacity venue, which will replace the fire-damaged Assembly Rooms that seated 1,500 people.

Stagnating progress for schools’ Artsmark award

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26 Jan 2018

The proportion of schools involved in the arts council’s scheme has increased by just 1% over the past 12 years, despite over £10m of investment since 2006/07.

European politicians to intern at cultural institutions

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26 Jan 2018

British MEP Julie Ward will be the first participant in a scheme that will see politicians help organise exhibitions and sell tickets.

Leeds council risks ‘ripping soul out of community arts’

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26 Jan 2018

Cost-saving measures by Leeds City Council will see access to Carriageworks theatre restricted and a price hike on room hire that could affect hundreds of members of voluntary arts groups.

Creative Scotland limits cuts following funding boost

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26 Jan 2018

Just nine regularly funded arts organisations will receive less money from Creative Scotland in 2018-21, while 27 organisations receive an uplift and 19 join the portfolio.

London theatre attempts to stop using plastic

25 Jan 2018

The Lyric Hammersmith has begun a campaign to phase out single-use plastic, such as straws and coffee stirrers, with audience members offered a 20% discount for going to the bar with a reusable cup.

Deaf woman sues band promoter

25 Jan 2018

Sally Reynolds, who bought tickets to see the band Little Mix with her family, is suing promoter LHG Live for failing to provide a sign language interpreter for the concert’s two support acts.

NI arts organisations warn 8% cut could be “final blow”

25 Jan 2018

50 arts organisations in Northern Ireland have called for a meeting with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley after the arts council projected a further 8% cut to the arts budget.

Lottery shortfall forces ACE to cut 2018-22 budget by £156m

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24 Jan 2018

£39m less per year is available as Arts Council England announces new funding streams and a new name for Grants for the Arts.

35 UK theatre buildings at risk of ‘being lost forever’

23 Jan 2018

Theatre Royal Margate has re-appeared in the Theatres Trust list of ‘most at-risk buildings’ as it awaits money to be found for essential capital works. Brighton Hippodrome tops the list, as plans for the future of the building - bought by a private investor last year – have yet to be made public.

Polka Theatre prepares for multi-million-pound revamp

23 Jan 2018

A new “adventure theatre”, specially built for under-sixes, is included in the £6.5m redevelopment plans, which have been supported by Arts Council England. Work is expected to begin in February 2019.

Survey finds almost one in three Edinburgh Fringe workers unpaid

22 Jan 2018

A survey completed by 497 people from 60 organisations found 30% of paid workers at the Fringe were on zero-hour contracts. Entertainment Union BECTU has met with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to discuss the results.

Arts Council will ‘push NPOs hard’ to collect diversity data

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19 Jan 2018

The national funder has reported stagnating numbers of BME and disabled staff at national portfolio organisations, which have failed to collect data for large swathes of their workforce.

In Harmony pupils let down by their secondary schools

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19 Jan 2018

Research by Opera North finds musical progression opportunities post-primary are limited and “often inappropriate”.

Arts Council begins consultation on next ten-year strategy

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19 Jan 2018

A 12-week online discussion will inform a draft strategy for the funder to replace ‘Great Art and Culture for Everyone’.


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