Labour could bring in tourist tax, says Tom Watson

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12 Sep 2019

The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.

Museums and tourist boards at odds over cultural tourism

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12 Sep 2019

A new survey finds that one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.

Sheffield gallery faces 'eye-watering' repair costs

12 Sep 2019

Cupola Gallery is fundraising £40,000 for urgent repairs after learning its floor could collapse in six months' time. Staff said the "eye-watering" cost presents a "terrifying target" as the gallery approaches its 30th anniversary. The venue is still safe to visit.

Hamilton ditches anti-touting ticket system

12 Sep 2019

The West End musical will return to selling tickets through third-party retailers despite saying the system it had developed, in which theatregoers showed their ID and the payment card used to purchase the tickets, had "exceeded expectations". In a statement, the show's producers said they were "confident the West End can slowly revert to a more open selling operation to the benefit of the public".

Preston museum unveils new wellbeing space

11 Sep 2019

Harris Museum in Preston has opened a gallery dedicated to exploring how art can improve wellbeing. The NHS' Lancashire Recovery College will offer wellbeing activities, including creative writing and mindfulness courses, at the site every Monday.

£5m rebuild for fire-ravaged Swansea theatre

11 Sep 2019

The city's Palace Theatre, which was recently damaged in a suspected arson attack, has been empty since 2006. Its historic facade will be restored and the building refurbished with a "fully modern interior", the local council has said.

Chinese officials accused of targeting play

10 Sep 2019

Dr Shupin Wang says Chinese officials have told her friends and family they should persuade her to cancel a show based on her life due to open at London's Hampstead Theatre this week. Wang, who exposed the spread of hepatitis and HIV through contaminated blood in China in the 1990s, said she believes "their reason is that this play will embarrass and damage the Chinese government and the reputations of specific officials".

£100k reward for stolen tiara

10 Sep 2019

The Portland Tiara, designed for the Duchess of Portland to wear to the royal coronation in 1902, was taken from an art gallery in Nottinghamshire in November last year. Police have arrested six people in connection with the burglary but have not found the crown. A private £100,000 appeal for its return has been administered by the Art Loss Register.

ACE funds ‘sustainable future’ for Bristol’s Arnolfini

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09 Sep 2019

A £1.8 million commitment to the troubled gallery reflects its “vital importance” to reinvigorating contemporary and visual art in the city, the funder says.

ENO offers critics' extra tickets to bloggers

09 Sep 2019

Critics' second free tickets to opening night events will be offered to 10 novice critcs to increase opera's appeal and allow people to review it "more emotionally, not just from a technical standpoint", English National Opera Chief Executive Stuart Murphy said. Some are unhappy about the change, saying there are plenty of free seats and that new voices can be introduced alongside experienced journalists and their guests.

V&A Dundee a 'disappointment', critics say

09 Sep 2019

Ahead of its first anniversary, architects have criticised the institution's design, calling it "boring" and more of a "cafeteria and a shop" than a museum. A spokesperson for the museum defended the building, saying it was intended to be "a living room for the city and to promote debate about design".

Legal action against Viagogo suspended

06 Sep 2019

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Chief Executive Andrea Coscelli said the ticket seller's website "is worlds apart" from what it was when the watchdog filed a contempt of court charge against the company in July. Viagogo had failed to comply with a legally binding court order to make its website less misleading to customers, but has since responded to the CMA's concerns. Coscelli did not rule out further action against the site.

Domingo accuser goes public

06 Sep 2019

One of 11 women accusing opera star Placido Domingo of sexual harrassment and assault has been identified. Angela Turner Wilson was 28 and second female lead in a Washington Opera production in 2000 when she alleges he groped her backstage. A publicist for Domingo rejected Wilson's account as "simply incorrect".

The ‘end of austerity’? ACE unlikely to benefit from DCMS funding boost

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05 Sep 2019

DCMS has received £100m extra annual funding in the spending review, but Arts Council England has not ruled out revising funding agreements for its National Portfolio Organisations.

Five years left for rural arts?

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05 Sep 2019

England’s rural arts leaders have serious concerns about the future of their organisations and are calling for more support – whether through Arts Council funding, partnerships with city-based venues or organisational development schemes.

Dorset arts centre sold to protect its future

05 Sep 2019

Bridport Arts Centre's Board of Trustees has sold its Grade-II listed building to the owner of Electric Palace, another local entertainment venue, in a bid to reduce expenses. Director Mick Smith said that the building's new owner intends to improve the building "so that it can deliver an even better experience for the community".

Opera house manager convicted of £20k fraud

05 Sep 2019

Eamonn McColgan, former Ticket Sales Manager at the Belfast Grand Opera House, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud after stealing from the theatre for five years. McColgan would issue refunds for tickets sold and then transfer those sums into accounts or bank cards in his name. He has since repaid the money he stole.

NPOs accused of ‘condescending attitudes’ towards Creative People and Places partnerships

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04 Sep 2019

A report finds that relationship dynamics regarding Arts Council England’s flagship placemaking scheme are being “partly determined by geographic and class-based inequalities”.

Glasgow School of Art boss sidelined before resignation

04 Sep 2019

Glasgow School of Art Director Tom Inns was ordered to stop working, locked out of the school's IT system and placed on sick leave by Board Chair Muriel Gray despite being "completely well", leaked emails have revealed. Inns handed in his resignation two weeks later during an official inquiry into a destructive fire at the school's Mackintosh building.

Equity secures 'bad offer' for subsidised theatre workers

04 Sep 2019

The union has struck a deal with UK Theatre to increase pay rates for performers and stage managers by 2% over the next three years. Actors described the deal as a "bad offer" and an effective pay cut compared to a 2.1% rate of inflation. Equity said the negotiations had been "prolonged and difficult".

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