Visa crackdown will damage Festivals' reputation, directors warn

09 Aug 2018

A clampdown on visas led to a dozen authors facing unprecedented barriers to visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year, according to director Nick Barley, who had to work with MPs, MSPs, the British Council and Home Office staff to enable them to attend the festival.

Arts targeted amidst outcry over HS2 salaries

09 Aug 2018

Critics have slammed the use of taxpayers' money to recruit an arts curator to place HS2-linked artwork along the route of the planned high speed rail link between London and Manchester. 

Grand Opera House to refurbish new extension

09 Aug 2018

The Belfast venue is planning major changes to 'Act 2', an extension which opened in 2006 but is currently under-used. These incude improvements to its external appearance, better flow to reduce bottlenecks, upgrades of the bar and toilets, and space for a permanent exhibition about the history of the building.

Debts force Broadway Theatre operator to close

09 Aug 2018

The financial collapse of Performance Art Ventures C.I.C, which ran the Peterborough venue, means the lease will revert to a charitable trust which will continue running the venue for hire. "The strategy of filling the venue with a big and diverse programme was not matched by sufficient audience to cover it" they said.

Warrington culture and heritage boosted by local lottery

07 Aug 2018

Culture Warrington, the independent trust that runs the town’s cultural activities, has launched a local lottery delivering 60p in every £1 raised to support the arts.

Design Museum scales back exhibition following artist protest

07 Aug 2018

A third of the works in its ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition have been returned to artists who objected to the museum hosting a reception for an arms manufacturer. Directors warned that their actions risked curtailing free speech and curatorial independence.

Council vows to tackle Edinburgh bottlenecks

07 Aug 2018

City Council leaders are calling for Festival venues and shows to be more spread out across the city, and may in future years use their licensing powers in an attempt to tackle “pinch points” in the city centre.

Critics challenge fundraising strategy for Art Gallery refurbishment

07 Aug 2018

Opposition leaders have accused Aberdeen City Council of failing to hold fundraising consultants accountable for the work they have been doing to help plug a “a multi-million pound black hole which is being covered by each and every taxpayer in Aberdeen.”

Art project honouring refugees and migrants destroyed

07 Aug 2018

Liverpool City Council has denied suggestions that a council worker may have mistaken ‘The List’ for an illegal flyposting and taken it down. The artwork names 34,361 refugees and migrants who lost their lives trying to reach Europe.

Producer charges young performers to appear in panto: Oh yes they did!

07 Aug 2018

A panto production company has caused outrage by levying a £100 fee at young people hoping to perform in its shows.

EU-wide touring visas recommended in Lords report

London Symphony Orchestra playing in Milan
03 Aug 2018

The House of Lords EU Committee says that multi-country, multi-entry visas allowing cultural workers to make short term visits between the UK and the EU would support touring when freedom of movement ends after Brexit.

€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

A participant at We Dance festival in Birmingham
03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

Volunteering less popular than five years ago

A steward at Brighton Pride festival
03 Aug 2018

The rate of volunteering at clubs and organisations has not recovered to the levels last seen in 2013/14, and the percentage of people giving to charity has also fallen over the same period.

ACE draws on Lottery reserves for NPO funding

The Institute of Contemporary Arts
03 Aug 2018

As well as receiving core funding from the Lottery, Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations were awarded over half of all Strategic and Capital funding last year.

'Brexit boost' cash will promote Fringe abroad

03 Aug 2018

Edinburgh Festival Fringe has received a £100,000 grant from the UK Government to help it market performances abroad, develop better digital resources, and support arts in the city throughout the year.

Stage managers could be stymied by knife laws

03 Aug 2018

The Offensive Weapons Bill would make it an offence for bladed products to be delivered to a residential address, creating serious problems for productions using knife props.

Tate visitors to review exhibition text

03 Aug 2018

Tate has asked members of the public to review its interpretation texts in a new initiative that aims to make the organisation’s displays more inclusive.

Charities to publish salary information

British banknotes and coins
03 Aug 2018

From this year, English and Welsh charities will have to provide the Charity Commission with a breakdown of staff remuneration by income band, as well as the total income and benefits of their highest paid employee.

Edinburgh Fringe performers lose thousands through Facebook scams

01 Aug 2018

A series of accommodation booking scams on Facebook have left performers and backstage staff at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Arts centre embroiled in conflict of interest controversy

31 Jul 2018

The Charity Commission has described a potential conflict of interest at Firstsite in Colchester, relating to £90k spent on consultancy services, as a “serious incident”. The chairman and a trustee of the venue both resigned earlier this year.


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