Viagogo ‘naïve and immature’ for dodging DCMS Committee, boss says

04 Jun 2019

The ticketing platform’s managing director has apologised to the Government for failing to attend a 2017 hearing into its business model. But he said “we fundamentally believe if someone buys a ticket they have the right to resell it”.

Funding for art in schools research

04 Jun 2019

A project led by Anglia Ruskin University has received a six-figure grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate the benefits for school children of creating art in nature. The initiative has found that working with artists improved pupils’ confidence and independence, particularly among children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Theatre apprenticeship scheme for refugees

04 Jun 2019

Young refugees living in the UK can now apply for paid apprenticeships with Good Chance Theatre. The three-month scheme will give up to six trainees experience in writing, directing, producing and fundraising.

Pop-up Shakespeare theatre under construction

04 Jun 2019

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York is taking shape, with plans to perform Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night this summer. The organisers hope to replicate the success of last year’s season, which drew about 78,000 people to the site.

Actors in North West England voice concern over lack of work opportunities

04 Jun 2019

A motion passed at the annual conference of trade union Equity says reductions in funding and “theatre mismanagement” are affecting work opportunities at five theatres in Lancaster, Manchester, Liverpool, Keswick, and Oldham. The performers claim austerity and poor leadership could drive talent from the industry, but the venues’ managers say they are adapting to a “challenging” financial environment.

Director laments gender-swapping of Shakespeare characters

04 Jun 2019

Former Director of the National Theatre Sir Richard Eyre has said swapping the genders of characters in the playwright’s classics ruins the flow of his work. Eyre is also concerned that iambic pentameter is not being taught in schools.

Blackburn arts centre relocates temporarily after fire

03 Jun 2019

The Bureau, which was left homeless after a blaze destroyed the Church of St John the Evangelist in April, has found a new base in the former visitor centre for the Thwaites brewery. The arts centre previously housed an art gallery, cafe, cinema, darkroom, studios and a live music venue. It will lease the site for six months while repairs at the church are completed.

Edinburgh festivals dubbed 'money-making machine'

31 May 2019

Richard Demarco, a prominent Scottish arts figure and co-founder of the Traverse Theatre, said while Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe lifted Scotland's spirits following the second world war, they now merely served to “reassure 2,000 stand-up comics they have a future”.

Support service challenges censorship in the arts

Street art showing a man with a cross in place of a mouth
31 May 2019

The Index on Censorship says that fear of a hostile reception may stop controversial work being commissioned.

Children from deprived areas shut out of music qualifications

A man sitting at a computer
31 May 2019

Research finds that “large geographical areas are completely without music provision at A level”.

Cultural attractions still fall short on accessibility, finds report

A photo of visitors in an art gallery, including a wheelchair user
31 May 2019

Only one in four of the top 100 venues are considered to be more than 90% accessible.

No let-up in arts A level decline

31 May 2019

Early figures suggest that the trend away from studying some arts subjects at GCSE may be bottoming out, but A level entries continue to fall away across all disciplines.

Case builds for ‘commercial justification’ of the arts

31 May 2019

As a Government spending review approaches, Arts Council England and the Creative Industries Federation have joined forces to put forward an unashamedly economic case for funding culture.

Youth Music calls for music curriculm changes

30 May 2019

Researchers monitoring the progress of a Youth Music programme linking community music organisations with school music departments has concluded that students are being "taught in a way that does not connect with the music they’re actually interested in".  Evidence that children’s experience of music at school is “often disconnected from their musical lives” outside the lessons has prompted Youth Music CEO Matt Griffiths to write an open letter to Education Minister Nick Gibb, calling for a revised curriculum for teaching music.

New cash for cultural development of high streets

30 May 2019

A £62m government fund for regenerating England's towns and cities will be spent converting disused or underused heritage buildings into creative or cultural spaces, offices, retail units and housing. £3m of this will be available through a National Lottery Heritage Fund cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.

Herfordshire council nets £469k from art work sale

30 May 2019

450 items have been sold from the County Council's School Loan Collection as the service had become "less relevant to the evolving curriculum". The Council says it has insufficent resources to properly conserve the pieces in storage, and will be spending the money raised on improving the condition and public visibility of the nationally significant sculptures it still holds.

Aberdeen gallery revamp faces major budget shortfall

30 May 2019

The gallery and museum, which is due to reopen in the autumn following a major renovation, is facing the possibility of a £9m funding shortfall due to a predicted budget overspend and fundraising gap. The City Council may be called on to pick up the bill if a financial settlement cannot be agreed with the main works contractor.

Fire Exit to close as funding ends

29 May 2019

Leading playwright and theatre maker David Leddy is planning to "stop working in theatre and pursue a new career" after the Glasgow-based theatre company Fire Exit closes next month. The organisation was one of 20 to lose regular funding from Creative Scotland in its controversial funding shake-up last year. 

Immigration controls place Edinburgh's festivals at risk

29 May 2019

Artists are facing a humiliating visa application process to take part in the city's festivals, according to MSP Gordon MacDonald, who is calling for the introduction of 'cultural passports' to ensure the "seamless flow of artists from across the world".

Norwich theatre company opens artists’ hub

28 May 2019

Curious Directive, which focuses on science-led theatre, has a new permanent base in a 15th century church in central Norwich. The venue will include spaces for administration and rehearsals that will be rented out to grassroots theatre makers, as well as a ‘tech library’, providing technology used in the company’s productions for free. Curious Directive also wants to create a workshop for companies to build sets.


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