Decline of National Lottery sales begins to reverse

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08 Jun 2018

A 1.7% increase in returns to the arts has been credited to a “nice run of luck” and a series of new initiatives by National Lottery operator Camelot.

First awards from Freelands Foundation’s £1.5m artist programme

08 Jun 2018

Elisabeth Murdoch’s foundation has granted £375k each to the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, G39 in Cardiff, Site Gallery in Sheffield, and PS2 in Belfast. Each gallery will support 20 emerging artists over the course of the five-year programme. 

Sadiq Khan charts spread of London music spaces

08 Jun 2018

A new interactive data map shows where musical activity is concentrated. The London Mayor hopes it will support grassroots music by highlighting where facilities are needed.

New £2.8m rehearsal studios open at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

08 Jun 2018

The complex will allow most productions to be rehearsed onsite for the first time in the venue’s history and will be hired out to external producers outside of its own season.

The Audience Agency joins forces with innovation agency

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08 Jun 2018

Golant Media Ventures will merge with The Audience Agency’s enterprise arm as the sector support organisation strengthens its focus on technology.

Lynette Shanbury appointed to lead Polka Theatre

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08 Jun 2018

She will join the children’s theatre as Executive Director in August as it gears up for a major redevelopment.

Arts Council outlines priorities for next two years

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08 Jun 2018

The national funder wants to develop a culture of enterprise and increase the use of loan finance in the sector.

Third London arts organisation targeted by thieves in a month

07 Jun 2018

Around £7,000 of equipment has been stolen from Pop-Up Opera’s tour van. This follows a £50k van theft from the Central School of Ballet’s premises, and the theft of theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s tour van.

Drop in regional theatre ticket sales

07 Jun 2018

New figures from UK Theatre reveal ticket sales were down £1.9m across its member theatres in 2017. The number of tickets sold fell by almost 2%, despite a 3% increase in the number of performances.

Belfast City Council backs arts funding campaign group

06 Jun 2018

A motion formally supporting the Arts Matter NI campaign – which has routinely stood against funding cuts and recently coordinated a statement of no confidence in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Chair – was passed unanimously by the council this week.

Scottish arts organisation to close after losing funding

06 Jun 2018

Months after being dropped from Creative Scotland’s regularly funded portfolio, public art organisation NVA has announced it will close in September. It has abandoned £11m plans to restore the derelict St Peter’s Seminary as a cultural and performance space, despite having already spent £2.3m on the site since 2013.

Funding confirmed for £1.1bn cultural quarter in East London

06 Jun 2018

Formerly known as Olympicopolis, the revamped ‘East Bank’ project has been backed with £385m from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and £151m from the Government. It will house a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, a mid-scale venue for Sadler’s Wells and a campus for University of the Arts London.

Bristol arts organisation closes following funding cuts

06 Jun 2018

Poetry Can, which was dropped from Arts Council England’s national portfolio for 2018-22, has announced it will cease operations by the end of the month after an unsuccessful Grants for the Arts funding bid has left it with no guaranteed income.

Creative Scotland trials matched crowdfunding scheme

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06 Jun 2018

The launch follows research into the power of match funding to boost public donations to arts organisations and increase fundraising skills.

Jeremy Corbyn calls for return of Parthenon Marbles

04 Jun 2018

Speaking in an interview with Greek newspaper Ta Nea, the Labour leader said the marbles, currently located in the British Museum, “belong” in Greece and discussions should begin between the respective governments to ensure their return.

Early successes for Wales’ creative learning plan

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01 Jun 2018

An interim report for the five-year programme is positive, but warns there will be challenges to maintaining the programme once financial support comes to an end.

Dave Moutrey appointed Director of Culture for Manchester

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01 Jun 2018

The Director of HOME hopes to make Manchester a ‘sticky city’ and to collaborate with Mayor Andy Burnham on integrating culture into healthcare, housing and transport agendas.

Trading Standards to investigate ticket reseller Viagogo

01 Jun 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority has referred the secondary ticketing website to Trading Standards because it is failing to make delivery and booking charges clear from the outset of the purchasing process.

Plans to close University of Chichester gallery met with protest

01 Jun 2018

Artist Phyllida Barlow is among 1,300 people to have signed a petition calling for the University of Chichester to abandon plans to replace the Otter Gallery with a “distributed gallery” spread across the university’s two campuses.

Parliamentary inquiries into music and arts put on ice

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01 Jun 2018

The inquiries have been delayed because of an extension to the select committee’s ongoing fake news inquiry.

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