Council overspent £16m on new arts centre, report finds

20 Apr 2018

Southampton’s Studio 144, which opened in February this year, 18 years after the project started, cost Southampton City Council £30m despite an initial projected cost of £16.5m.

PRS Foundation extends new music funding to Scotland

20 Apr 2018

Previously only available for music acts in England, the Momentum Music Fund – which provides grants of between £5k and £15k – will now be available in Scotland, following a new partnership between PRS and Creative Scotland.

Survey to investigate rates of exhibition pay for artists

20 Apr 2018

New research by artists’ membership body a-n, aimed at both artists and visual arts organisations, hopes to produce a benchmark for exhibition payment and is the next step in a-n’s Paying Artists Campaign.

Museums struggle to work with health sector, report finds

19 Apr 2018

The new report by the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing features case studies showing how the sector is responding creatively to health and wellbeing issues such as an ageing population and health inequalities, and offers a guide to good practice in the development of health and wellbeing work in museums.

Staff cuts at National Portrait Gallery as visits fall

19 Apr 2018

Audiences at the gallery fell by more than a third last year and 24 members of staff – 7% of the workforce – left in a voluntary process. The gallery said the move was part of plans to “streamline core costs” and ensure the gallery is “as efficient as possible”.

Theatre bodies launch careers scheme in schools

19 Apr 2018

A new initiative, led by SOLT, UK Theatre and volunteering body Inspiring the Future, will see up to 1,000 industry ambassadors go into schools across the UK to inform young people about careers in theatre.

Wright to take CEO role at The Postal Museum

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19 Apr 2018

CEO of Tate Enterprises Ltd, LAURA WRIGHT, has been appointed as CEO of The Postal Museum from June.

UK arts councils launch cultural cities enquiry

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18 Apr 2018

A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.

UK theatres face estimated £180m lighting bill

18 Apr 2018

European Union proposals to ban the sale of certain lighting fixtures regularly used in theatre productions could cost London alone up to £35m, and the 1,300 active theatres across the UK a combined £180m.

Wakefield forges ahead with creative quarter plans

18 Apr 2018

The local council’s planning committee has given the green light to plans to convert Rutland Mills, adjacent to the Hepworth gallery, into a mixed-use creative quarter focusing on music, film, TV, design and new media.

Tate offers £5 exhibition tickets for young people

18 Apr 2018

Anyone aged 16-25 who registers online can access the reduced price tickets, which the gallery hopes will increase the number of young visitors. A “digital native” trustee will be appointed to represent the interests of young people on its board.

Creative learning scheme targets city schools

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17 Apr 2018

A £120k pilot scheme will see ten Northern Ireland secondary schools collaborate with artists on a range of projects to improve wellbeing and increase interest in cultural careers.

Working class people ‘significantly excluded’ from arts careers

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17 Apr 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

Ambassador Theatre Group acquires five German theatres

17 Apr 2018

ATG has purchased Mehr! Entertainment’s roster of theatres in Germany, including the Admiralspalast in Berlin, taking the company’s portfolio of venues to 51.

Northern Ireland reduces size of arts portfolio as cuts continue

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13 Apr 2018

100 arts organisations will share £13.1m this year, as the Arts Council struggles to deal with a £23m reduction in public spending on the arts over the past six years.

Arts Council and University of Kent to explore arts and health

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13 Apr 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding has committed the two parties to investigating the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing.

Arts Council criticised for prioritising opera in music funding

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13 Apr 2018

UK Music has accused England’s arts funder of being “too posh for pop” and called for an urgent review of the allocation of national portfolio funds.

Arts venues commit to improving access to booking systems

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12 Apr 2018

New research has found three quarters of Deaf and disabled gig goers feel discriminated against when booking tickets for live music events.

Public urge Arts Council England to prepare for the future

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12 Apr 2018

A public consultation to inform the national funder’s upcoming ten-year strategy calls for action on the environment and reform to ensure arts careers remain sustainable.

Labour pledges to create Huddersfield cultural quarter

12 Apr 2018

Kirklees Labour has promised to invest up to £45m in arts and culture in Huddersfield town centre, including the art gallery, the library and new art installations.

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