Former Tesco CEO invests in Liverpool arts college

28 May 2019

Sir Terry Leahy and entrepreneur Bill Currie are handing a seven-figure sum to LMA in return for a 20% stake in the business. The performing arts college has plans to expand around the world.

Boston museum bans two people following racism complaint

28 May 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts has revoked the membership of two visitors who were accused of making racist remarks to middle school students visiting the venue. The Principal of the school also told the museum that one of its staff told students “no food, no drink and no watermelon”, and that he heard reports of security guards following his students. The museum says it is unable to confirm or deny beyond doubt what was said, and that the movement of the guards as they took and returned from breaks may have led the students feeling followed – but it has promised to change its protocols for security staff.

Russell Group scraps A Level subject guidance

24 May 2019

The move by the elite university group has led to renewed calls to reconsider the controversial EBacc performance measure.

Grassroots venues face discrimination on business rates, says UK Music

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24 May 2019

The industry body says 124 venues would save more than £4,000 each a year if they were offered the same discounts as pubs and bars.

Peers slam Government for ignoring post-Brexit visa recommendations

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24 May 2019

Lord Jay of Ewelme said the Government had failed to address concerns “that applying the current visa system to EU nationals would make it harder to bring talent to the UK”.

Volunteers pursue bid to turn landmark into arts hub

24 May 2019

The sale of Cemetery Junction arch, advertised for auction by Reading Borough Council, has been suspended to enable the local community to progress its bid to turn the Grade II listed landmark into an arts and heritage hub.

Arts executives to create work for London Design Festival

24 May 2019

Senior figures from ten of London's leading cultural organisations are working with designers to create “a legacy piece of design” for their institutions using American red oak. The project aims to offer “a brief glimpse" into their personal thinking.

Car park closure threatens Birmingham cultural venues

24 May 2019

A multi-storey car park used by visitors to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Library of Birmingham and Symphony Halls is to be sold for redevelopment. The City Council claims it will not be needed because the daily charge being introduced for high polluting cars will make it ‘surplus to requirements’, and the area will be served by the Birmingham Westside Metro extension.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

£1m from BP boosts Aberdeen gallery plans

24 May 2019

Aberdeen Arts Gallery, which has been closed for refurbishment since 2015, has accepted £1m from the oil giant to create the 'BP Galleries' in a copper-clad second-floor extension. The sponsorship will enable the gallery to host three special exhibitions each year by national and international artists.

York Theatre Royal backs arts hub for armed forces

24 May 2019

The theatre is working with the Soldiers' Arts Academy to establish an arts hub where serving and ex-service personnel and their families will be able to develop their skills in writing, acting and film, and gain the experience they need to enter a career in theatre.

Campaigners fight for Reading Gaol arts project

24 May 2019

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, has launched a petition in support of a community campaign to preserve Reading Prison as an arts venue. The derelict prison costs more than £250,000 a year to maintain and the Ministry of Justice is planning to sell the site to the highest bidder for development.

New arts minister joins Government

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23 May 2019

Rebecca Pow MP has taken over from Michael Ellis MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport.

Arts Council invests in classroom creativity

23 May 2019

A successful pilot scheme bringing artists into Northern Ireland schools is being rolled out following positive feedback on the impact it had on young people's skills, self-confidence, mental health and well-being.

Two new Welsh national museums planned

20 May 2019

The country’s Deputy Culture Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has responded to feasibility studies for a National Football Museum and a National Contemporary Art Gallery. A plan for taking the projects forward is set to be agreed by the end of the summer, following discussions between the Welsh government and key stakeholders.

Low pay forces performing artist to sleep under a bridge

20 May 2019

Actor Elise Harris, who represents a London branch of Equity, said that a member of the trade union had ended up sleeping rough because he was unable to find accommodation within his means, despite working in the West End. A motion was passed at Equity’s recent annual conference calling on the union to provide support and funds when members are experiencing homelessness.

Change education policy to save arts in schools, say MPs

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17 May 2019

A new report demands a “clear explanation” from DCMS and the Department for Education on why they have dismissed evidence about the declining provision and take-up of creative subjects.

Arts projects land £4m to boost social impact

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17 May 2019

The Creative Civic Change programme has granted multi-year funding to communities with a track record of using the arts to address social need.

Artist studio complex opens in south London Enterprise Zone

17 May 2019

Workspaces for more than 100 artists and an Enterprise Hub supporting creative entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the newly opened Creative Enterprise Zone for Deptford and New Cross.


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