South West lost out on grants for artists

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19 Mar 2019

London bore the brunt of cuts to Arts Council England’s open access ‘Grants for the Arts’ scheme, while an associated funding redistribution favoured the South East. 

Italian opera house board hands back Saudi millions

19 Mar 2019

La Scala is to return more than €3m to Saudi Arabia following the collapse of a proposed €15m 5-year sponsorship deal, arranged by the venue’s new Chief Executive. The plans, which would also have seen the current Saudi Culture Minister appointed to the board, prompted backlash from civil rights groups and politicians.

Council to sell off 90% of art collection

19 Mar 2019

Hertfordshire County Council will start auctioning the vast majority of its collection of 1,826 pieces of art – including work by Barbra Hepworth and John Nash – this week. The local authority discontinued its School Loan Collection scheme, which allowed children to see the artworks, in 2017.

Plans for multimillion-pound Cheltenham Playhouse revamp

19 Mar 2019

The venue aims to create five flexible rehearsal rooms and a new 40- to 50-seat performance studio, as part of plans to make the grade II-listed building more “fit for purpose”.

Burgess Hill approves plans for £5.5m arts centre

18 Mar 2019

Funds have already been secured for the entertainment and events centre that will replace Martlets Hall, which is being demolished as part of a £65m town centre regeneration project.

£8,000 pay penalty for part-time senior women, research finds

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15 Mar 2019

Women are being penalised for part-time working in the arts and cultural sector, earning full-time equivalent salaries that fall significantly short of those paid to people working full-time. 

Culture-led regeneration must involve communities, says report

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15 Mar 2019

The Local Government Association research concludes that a shared vision is essential to realising the positive social and economic benefits that can be achieved through cultural interventions in the public realm.  

Research to focus on creativity in towns

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15 Mar 2019

A new project, expected to publish findings by the autumn, will assess cultural funding, infrastructure and participation in towns across England.

Businesses and councils at odds over tourist tax

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15 Mar 2019

Scotland’s Culture and Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said local authorities will not be able to impose a levy on overnight visitors until 2021 at the earliest.

Confusion as Art Fund winds down volunteer network

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15 Mar 2019

The charity says the network was not helping it achieve the “best possible return” on investment, and future plans will instead focus on training and development for museum professionals.

Southwark council funds free theatre for primary schools

15 Mar 2019

The local authority this week gave the green light to a £500k scheme which will provide a free theatre trip every year to over 20,000 children between the ages of five and eleven.

‘Uncomfortable messages’ in race equality review at Central School of Speech and Drama

15 Mar 2019

Only around half of alumni, staff and students believe the drama school has a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, and 34% said they did not know how to report an incident. In response, the school has announced it will invest £100k in a scheme to “accelerate a step change” on diversity.

London music venue launches fundraising campaign as threat of closure looms

15 Mar 2019

The Social, host to acts including Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine and Beck since its opening in 1999, has said it needs to raise £95k within two weeks to stay open, because of rising rents and a rival bid for its lease from a cocktail and wine bar chain.

Research sheds light on how actors get into character

15 Mar 2019

One of the authors of the research, conducted at Canada’s McMaster University, said the results of brain scans made while actors were asked questions in and out of character show that it is almost as if individuals are “possessed” while performing.

Milton Keynes Gallery reopens following major redevelopment

15 Mar 2019

The venue has doubled its exhibition space following a £12m revamp which has also created a new foyer, café and façade for the existing gallery building.

Peers call on Government to investigate price of West End tickets

13 Mar 2019

Members of the House of Lords have asked the Government to investigate the effect of rising ticket prices on theatregoers, following a debate in parliament where concern was expressed that it is “gradually becoming too expensive for anyone to be able to attend major plays”.

Backstage theatre staff ‘regularly expected to work 15-hour days’

13 Mar 2019

Unions Equity, BECTU and the Association of Lighting Designers have jointly warned that “excessively long working hours” and lack of work/life balance for backstage staff are leading to “burnout and serious mental health issues”.

Music provision in state schools down by a fifth over past five years, research finds

13 Mar 2019

A British Phonographic Industry survey of more than 2,000 teachers found that only 12% of the most deprived schools have an orchestra, compared to 75% of independent schools.

Royal Academy of Music forced to pay thousands to dismissed lecturer

13 Mar 2019

An employment tribunal has ordered the school to pay Francesca Carpos-Young £187k after concluding she had been wrongfully dismissed and victimised. Carpos-Young was sacked after students complained that career advice she had circulated encouraged a “toxic educational and working environment”. 

Former theatre employee accused of theft of more than £250,000

13 Mar 2019

Kelvin Lloyd from Shotton in North Wales is alleged to have stolen £273,109 over an 18-month period from Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre, where he had worked as Assistant Manager.


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