Bath council to close arts development service

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12 Oct 2018

The decision comes as the region develops a new cultural strategy, aimed at improving access to the arts and recognising the positive impacts of culture on wellbeing.

Peers voice concern for post-Brexit arts in ‘beautifully one-sided’ debate

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12 Oct 2018

The Government representative did not provide any further clarity on the future of EU arts funding, progress on reciprocal agreements or timetables.

Arts Council NI staff turn against Chair in letter row

12 Oct 2018

A letter sent to the national funder’s Chief Executive, representing 80% of the organisation’s staff, challenges Chair John Edmund’s alleged refusal to assure the Government that the funder treats all communities fairly when allocating funding.

Edinburgh gallery to open following £4.5m revamp

12 Oct 2018

Collective will open at its new site at the City Observatory next month, complete with an exhibition space, a panoramic viewing terrace and a restaurant.

Ofsted to refocus on ‘broad curriculum’

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12 Oct 2018

Campaigners against the EBacc have welcomed the move, but say it will not be enough on its own to save arts subjects.

Loss of small music venues is handing control of culture to robots, MPs told

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12 Oct 2018

The economic model for those performing in or running small music venues is unviable, the DCMS Committee was told.

Screen tax reliefs support boom in production

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12 Oct 2018

Tax reliefs for film, high-end TV and animation powered a 62% increase in employment, a 67% increase in tax revenues, and a 63% growth in production spend between 2013 and 2016.

Music teachers should be included in pay rise, councils warn

10 Oct 2018

The Local Government Association has warned that a recent Government promise to increase teachers’ pay does not cover ‘centrally-employed teachers’ – most of whom provide music lessons. The pressure group says that an increase of 1% to 2.5% would cost up to £5.5m, meaning many councils would be forced to cut back on music tuition.

Plans revealed for £12m Brewhouse Theatre revamp

09 Oct 2018

The new design for the Taunton venue will wrap around the existing building, creating a larger auditorium and a new flexible studio theatre, alongside a cinema, café, and gallery. The project is due to be completed in 2022.

German city takes down pro-refugee sculpture

09 Oct 2018

Kassel city council has voted to remove the ‘Monument to Strangers and Refugees’ obelisk from the centre of the city. It bears the words “I was a stranger and you took me in” in English, Arabic, Turkish and German, and had become a target of right-wing anger. The decision follows strained negotiations between the council and the artist over the future of the artwork.

Government forges ahead with museums review recommendations

09 Oct 2018

Two new Government documents explain how national museums will extend their reach throughout England more strategically, and how museums in general will be supported. The documents follow the publication of the Mendoza Review of museums last year.

London dance company to close after 25 years

09 Oct 2018

Richard Alston Dance Company, based at the Place in London since 1994, will close in 2020. Alston said it is now “the turn of others” to make work at the venue.

New arts education study in Leeds

09 Oct 2018

Leeds Playhouse, the Hepworth Wakefield gallery, Northern Ballet and Leeds Young Film will partner with eight schools over a four-year period, with each arts organisation providing a different pair of schools with an artist in residence each year. A report assessing the personal and academic development of the students involved will be produced by the Policy Institute at King’s College London.

Sydney Opera House in racing advertisement row

08 Oct 2018

Plans to advertise a horse race on the sails of Sydney Opera House have provoked an angry backlash after the organisation was ordered to allow the projection by the New South Wales Premier. Sydney’s Lord Mayor criticised the move as “blatant commercialisation”, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the decision.

National Theatre introduces smart caption glasses

05 Oct 2018

The free glasses, which deliver live captioning for people with hearing impairments, will initially be offered for the shows War Horse and Hadestown, before being made available for all new shows later this month.

Opera North redevelopment gets green light

05 Oct 2018

Opera North has been given planning permission for a redevelopment project that will create better facilities for artists and audiences, alongside a new education centre.

London public art scheme to celebrate women

05 Oct 2018

20 artworks featuring women who have played a key role in the city’s history will be displayed in more than a dozen public spaces, in a new project announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

‘Increasingly high’ risk of burnout among arts leaders

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05 Oct 2018

A report calls for flatter and more diverse leadership in arts organisations, and encourages the nurturing of individual leadership at all levels.

Manchester invites feedback on new cultural strategy

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05 Oct 2018

Wellbeing and the economy are among the key themes of the strategy, with the final version due to be published later this year.

‘Outdated recruitment practices’ holding back diversity

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05 Oct 2018

A new report urges arts organisations to focus on skills rather than formal qualifications when recruiting staff, and to offer more leadership development training.


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