Green light for major re-development of Llandudno theatre

17 Aug 2018

£3m from Conwy Council, the European Union and the Welsh Government will be used to revamp Venue Cymru, including the addition of a new dance studio, conference rooms, and a reworked entrance foyer.

Cultural visits continue to fall amid terrorism fears

The Great Court at the British Museum
17 Aug 2018

London galleries were hard hit last year, as school children admissions fell for the fourth consecutive year.

Net increase in London artists’ spaces, research finds

Photo of paint brushes
17 Aug 2018

Despite new artist workspaces opening in some areas, a quarter of sites are at risk of closure and studios are becoming more expensive.

Crowdfunding campaigns found to build new audiences and raise profile

17 Aug 2018

Just one in ten of the arts organisations participating in Nesta’s matched crowdfunding programme said the effort they put into the project was too great in relation to the benefits.

Shakespeare’s Globe staffer claims traditional stage lighting discriminates against BME actors

16 Aug 2018

Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research at the organisation, said that commonly-used lighting and stage design techniques can put actors of colour at a disadvantage, and risk making them “merge into the background”. The comments have been criticised as “almost uneducated” by the Association of Lighting Designers, who said the Globe stage is simply illuminated to recreate daylight.

ACNI Chief Executive sues national funder

16 Aug 2018

Roisin McDonough is suing the Department for Communities, Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) and John Edmund, ACNI’s controversial Chair, on the basis of age discrimination.

Government to boost charities’ role in public services

A male voice choir wearing turquoise jackets
16 Aug 2018

A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.

Ex-Bristol mayor in row over location of new music and sports arena

14 Aug 2018

George Ferguson has described proposals to build a new arena north of the city as “lunatic” and “impossible for any self-respecting city planner to recommend”.

Turbulence at the top of Hampshire Cultural Trust

14 Aug 2018

CEO Janet Owen has announced she will leave the trust, following several redundancies and the voluntary departure of three trustees earlier in the year.

Multi-million-pound redevelopment planned for Fareham arts venue

14 Aug 2018

The proposals would see the council-run Ferneham Hall reduce its main auditorium capacity and add a second auditorium, with control of the venue transferring to a leisure trust.

Working class being shut out of acting careers, warns Equity president

13 Aug 2018

Cost and a lack of educational opportunities mean that aspiring working class actors are being “cut off in the bud”, said Maureen Beattie.

Egyptian curators denied visas

13 Aug 2018

Three Egyptian curators due to speak at an international museum conference in Wales have been prevented from entering the UK.

Ticket resale sites to close

13 Aug 2018

UK touts face a further squeeze with the announcement that Live Nation is to shut down two European resale sites and replace them with a price-capped platform on its main Ticketmaster site.

Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

People watching a live concert
10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

Scotland ring-fences cash for touring

All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre at Hidden Door 2018
10 Aug 2018

Creative Scotland has announced details of a new Touring Fund offering organisations outside its Regular Funding portfolio the chance to make and tour new work.

“Class gap” holds back young people from the arts, finds research

A man standing in front of a camera and microphone
10 Aug 2018

Two reports commissioned by Arts Council England found that cost and lack of confidence are major barriers to youth engagement.

Apprenticeship barriers under scrutiny

An apprentice holding wires next to a technician
10 Aug 2018

New research is responding to employer demands for the apprenticeship system to be made more attractive to the creative industries.

Excessive workload is "normalised" at the Fringe, say campaigners

10 Aug 2018

A report by the Fair Fringe campaign finds “shameful” sharp practice by venues and promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is exploiting workers and putting their physical and mental health at risk.



Don’t charge charities for regulation, warns campaign

09 Aug 2018

An open letter to the Charity Commission’s chair argues that charging charities is not “the best course of action or the right one in principle”.

‘Donut’ venues boost community engagement, report finds

The outside of Chapel FM arts centre in Leeds
09 Aug 2018

Three outer city venues around Leeds were found to have generated committed core audiences in areas perceived as barren.


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