£15.8m Leeds Playhouse redevelopment under way

12 Jul 2019

A major transformation of the theatre is "taking shape", Artistic Director James Brining said. Leeds City Council has given £5.6m to the project but the theatre must still raise £2.75m to make its £4.35m contribution. The remaining funding comes from Arts Council England.

Science Museum Group staff vote to strike

12 Jul 2019

Several hundred staff could strike at six Science Museum Group (SMG) sites this summer over a pay dispute. SMG says it is "disappointed" by the vote, noting it has already increased employees' pay by 1.5%. A Prospect Union spokesman said some of SMG's lowest paid staff still don't earn the Real Living Wage.

Mayor steps in to plug V&A East funding gap

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12 Jul 2019

The GLA has agreed to underwrite a budget shortfall of up to £12m, which is expected despite a £9m a year boost in funding from DCMS.

Austerity is undermining children’s access to culture, finds research

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12 Jul 2019

An LSE researcher said children’s development is being thwarted by Government policy, but argued the situation could be improved if recent welfare cuts were reversed.

€3.1m Creative Europe funding hangs on Brexit deal

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11 Jul 2019

“Our carefully laid plans…would be wasted” if the UK leaves without a deal, says an organisation awarded €1.3m to lead a collaborative project.

British orchestras express concern over no-deal Brexit

11 Jul 2019

The Association of British Orchestras has called on the next Prime Minister to make systems and processes for a no-deal Brexit situation a priority. An open letter to the Conservative Party said preparations to date "have not gone far enough to reassure our members" that they will be able to move freely around Europe.

Petition against parking restrictions near children's theatre

11 Jul 2019

Stiltskin's Soapbox Children's Theatre in Plymouth fear the council traffic orders will force its closure after similar restrictions contributed to "a substantial decline in weekday ticket sales", Executive Director and Producer Iain Slade said. He said a third of the theatre's core audience travel from outside the city with small children and find public transport prohibitive.

Liverpool tourism worth £3.3bn in 2018

11 Jul 2019

The city's Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for culture, Wendy Simon, attributed continued growth in the value of tourism - a 10% rise on 2017 - to major events including the Terracotta Warriors at World Museum, Tall Ships Regatta and the outdoor performance art show Giants Spectacular. Last year marked 10 years since Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture.

Festival abandons ethnicity-based pricing

10 Jul 2019

US music festival AfroFuture Fest dropped plans to sell half-priced tickets to people of colour after its ticketing partner, Eventbrite, threatened to remove the event from its listings. Festival organisers said the pricing plan was intended to ensure that "the most marginalised communities (people of colour) are provided with an equitable chance at enjoying events in their own community (black Detroit)".

£19m for Southend arts centre

10 Jul 2019

Plans for the teaching and performing arts building have been lodged by South Essex College and Southend Council, which are collaborating on the project. The facility will include a recording studio, a restaurant, accommodation and several performance spaces.

Creative industries jobs growing

10 Jul 2019

DCMS estimates there were more than two million jobs in the creative industries in 2018 - 1.6% more than in 2017 - accounting for about 6% of UK jobs. The rate of growth is double the national employment growth rate.

Call for orchestras to act on disability

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09 Jul 2019

A report says “radical, bold action and a sense of collective responsibility” are needed to transform inclusion practices in the arts sector.

Ticket sales slump after Brexiteers' boycott threat

09 Jul 2019

Three Choirs Festival Chief Executive Dr Alexis Paterson said sales for a performance of Beethoven's 9th were "below the level we would generally expect for our final night" after Brexiteers threatened to organise a boycott of the show. Paterson said the inclusion of a symphony that contains the EU anthem was not politically motivated and that there were likely to be a number of reasons why sales had so far been sluggish.

New London theatre to open next month

09 Jul 2019

The 200-seat Turbine Theatre will open next month beside Battersea Power Station, enabling "world class artists to tell stories that enchant", Artistic Director Paul Taylor-Mills said. It forms part of a trend for new venues in the UK capital, with Soho's Boulevard Theatre and Troubadour Wembley Park due to open in the autumn.

Chair resigned from National Gallery amid employment dispute, say insiders

09 Jul 2019

Hannah Rothschild, who recently stood down as Chair of the National Gallery, had received letters from politicians about the dismissals of 27 lecturers and educators who brought legal claims against the institution. An employment tribunal ruled in March that they should be considered workers rather than freelancers, and a confidential settlement with the gallery was reached.

National Theatre rejects LGBT discrimination claim

08 Jul 2019

A group who were turned away from the venue's bar have rejected allegations from its management that they were upsetting other customers and abusing the staff. Anne Ruzylo, who was wearing a t-shirt proclaiming her lesbian identity, said she was told by a member of the theatre's management that the group's t-shirts could be offensive to trans staff who were coming on shift.

But the theatre says the group were turned away after a series of disturbances which began with them refusing to put away placards with messages that upset other customers, and says "the clothing, gender or sexuality of the group was not a factor in the decision".

Viagogo faces legal action

08 Jul 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority says it will pursue a contempt of court charge against the ticket seller, claiming it has failed to correct misleading information on its website. Viagogo has denied that it breached an order to accurately represent the popularity of tickets and tell customers what seats they were paying for.

British artists oppose BP sponsorship of National Portrait Gallery

08 Jul 2019

Seventy-eight British artists have written to the National Portrait Gallery's Director Nicholas Cullinan asking the insitution to sever ties with BP, who sponsor its Portrait Award. Growing opposition to BP's sponsorship of the arts has also targeted the Royal Opera House, which was the site of a protest last week, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose Associate Artist Mark Rylance recently resigned over its links to the oil and gas company.

Funding cuts for Birmingham arts organisations softened

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05 Jul 2019

Birmingham City Council decided a proposed 30% cut would have been too “damaging”, but says there is still an urgent need to find new sources of revenue.

Toolkit tackles ‘class crisis’ in arts sector

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05 Jul 2019

A new report warns organisations that “everyone you let in though the back door will disadvantage someone without those connections”.

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