Young people more likely to use art galleries to unwind

21 Jan 2019

In a survey of 2,500 people for the Art Fund, those under thirty were twice as likely as the over-thirties to say they went to a gallery or museum at least once a month in order to “de-stress”. Although 63% of respondents said they had visited for this purpose at some point, only 6% (and 13% of under-30s) did so monthly, leading the report to conclude that the venues are “a significant untapped resource” for supporting wellbeing.

Classical singing competition to use ‘blind auditions’

21 Jan 2019

In a scheme run by casting site Audition Oracle, singers will perform from behind a screen to representatives from organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, and English National Opera. The approach aims to remove unconscious bias from the auditioning process.

Only a third of artists’ income comes from their art, research finds

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18 Jan 2019

A newly-released Arts Council England report finds that portfolio careers are the norm among artists, and that the sector is dominated by women, who earn less from their art practice than men.

Five English areas share £20m Cultural Development Fund

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18 Jan 2019

Projects in Wakefield and the Thames Estuary have landed more than £4m each to boost the local creative industries, through a DCMS fund set up as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Campaigners fight to save Bristol arts hub

18 Jan 2019

6,000 people have signed a petition to stop the space, which had been used for a Banksy mural, from being turned into flats. City Councillor and Deputy Mayor for finance Craig Cheney said there would be a meeting to discuss a possible business plan for buying the building.

Primary schools lament decline in arts provision

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17 Jan 2019

A new report calls for an arts education premium for every primary school to address worsening lesson quality and offer opportunities for more cultural trips.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland could re-introduce multi-year funding

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17 Jan 2019

The funder has also set out plans to create a consultative assembly of arts professionals, after hearing calls to communicate more effectively with the sector.

Government aims to increase music take-up with new model curriculum

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17 Jan 2019

Schools Minister Nick Gibb says that the key to increasing the number of music GCSE entries is to improve the quality of lessons for pupils under fourteen years old.

Politicians polarise in their opinions of Arts Council England

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17 Jan 2019

Labour politicians are increasingly positive about the Arts Council’s work, while sentiment among Conservatives has moved in the opposite direction.

Collapse in Justgiving donations to arts over past four years

16 Jan 2019

Figures provided by the online funding platform to the BBC reveal there has been a 33% drop in giving to arts and culture, and a 10% increase in donations to poverty and health-related charities. Head of Business Intelligence at JustGiving, Natalie Stroud, told the BBC this may be because people are “looking at the cause types that have got more urgency”, and that the arts are possibly perceived as a luxury.

Council saves at-risk Norfolk theatre

16 Jan 2019

St George’s Theatre in Great Yarmouth has been granted £27k by the local council and had its annual funding increased for a two-year period to clear debts accrued over the past six years. The venue’s director said the 300-capacity venue would likely have closed without the rescue package.

Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff looks for new expansion schemes

15 Jan 2019

The venue has dropped five-year old plans for a £6m refurbishment – saying they were too ambitious in the current climate – and is seeking options for a smaller, phased extension, focusing on the introduction of new studios and creative office space.

Student sentenced for bomb-scare ‘artwork’ on Newcastle bridge

15 Jan 2019

33-year-old Thomas Ellison, from Fenham in Newcastle, has been sentenced to 90 hours of community service for placing a lunchbox with a circuit board and a doll on a major bridge in the city in 2017 as ‘art’. Roads were sealed, trains were stopped and the emergency services were called – at a total cost of £3,500 – while the apparent bomb threat was investigated.

Museums to share £4m funding

14 Jan 2019

Manchester Museum, the Horniman Museum in London and Carlisle’s Tullie House are among the institutions receiving grants in the latest round of the DCMS Wolfson fund, a joint initiative between the government department and the Wolfson Foundation. The Horniman has been awarded £90,000 for a music-making project in which artists will take inspiration from its collection.

Council approves £2.3m London arts centre expansion

14 Jan 2019

Lambeth councillors have approved architects Matheson Whiteley’s designs for Studio Voltaire in Clapham. The scheme will see existing buildings refurbished and studio and exhibition spaces enlarged, as well as creating a new café, retail space and entrance. 

Boost for classical music sales

14 Jan 2019

Classical sales and streams increased by 10% in 2018, making it the year’s fastest-growing genre. Sales of classical CDs increased by 7%, in contrast to the decline in this format for rock and pop recordings.

Leave Means Leave tries to shut down anti-Brexit arts project

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11 Jan 2019

The Photographers’ Gallery says it will not curtail activity in the face of complaints from the pro-Brexit campaign group. 

Cultural funding under threat following ministry mergers in Brazil

11 Jan 2019

Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has merged the country’s three ministries of culture, sports and social development into a single department called the ministry of citizenship. New department head Osmar Terra and culture secretary José Henrique Pires both support changes to a 1991 statute that allows organisations and individuals to use up to 1% of income tax to fund cultural activities.

Major funders seek to reduce ‘burdensome’ reporting requirements

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11 Jan 2019

A group of funders including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation are to test a set of key principles to make grant reporting a more “meaningful and mutually beneficial experience”.

ACE research finds ‘deeply rooted’ transparency concerns

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11 Jan 2019

Interviews with arts sector stakeholders also reveal that Arts Council England is seen as overly bureaucratic, and the Grantium funding portal continues to complicate grant applications.


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