Four in ten organisations pay front of house less than Living Wage, survey finds

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03 Sep 2019

More than half of cultural organisations surveyed anticipate challenges meeting staff costs in the coming 12 months, and a similar proportion rely daily on volunteers.

The Guardian criticised over illustration contest

03 Sep 2019

The media company has changed its illustration contest after initially asking artists to provide free work that it would later copyright and use on branded tote bags for Glastonbury 2020. "Following feedback we have updated the application process to request that only shortlisted entrants will be asked to produce bespoke work and will be paid appropriately," a Guardian spokesperson said.

Final curtain for Scottish theatre company

03 Sep 2019

Junction 25, an award-winning youth theatre company, will close due to funding pressures, its Artistic Directors have announced. Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore said they are "so sad to be ending this chapter", having operated out of Tramway in Glasgow for nearly 15 years.

£10m ‘Hat District’ takes shape in Luton

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02 Sep 2019

The revamped Hat Factory Arts Centre will form part of a ‘creative cluster’ that aims to create jobs and attract 100,000 new visitors to the town.

V&A Curator returning Nazi-looted art

02 Sep 2019

Jacques Schumacher has identified 80 gold and silver items in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Gilbert Collection that are known to have been in Nazi Germany, Nazi-occupied territories, or formerly part of a Jewish collection, which the curator is now working to return to their rightful owners. Eight pieces of unknown provenance will be displayed at the V&A in December in hope of generating new leads for their return.

University scraps 'schizophrenic' studio plans

02 Sep 2019

Arts University Bournemouth will pursue a simpler design for a new innovation studio, which had previously described as a "schizophrenic broken jigsaw" and an "upturned jelly mould". Poole Council approved plans for the initial design in 2017 but the university faced backlash from residents and councillors after it was announced a 60-week road closure would be required for its construction.

Strike begins at Science Museum Group

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30 Aug 2019

The Prospect union says staff have experienced a 13% real terms pay cut since 2010.

Courtyard Theatre complaints indicate wider malpractice, says ITC

30 Aug 2019

The Independent Theatre Council says complaints against London’s Courtyard Theatre are just one instance of “a lot of horrible practice” in the sector. Accusations from theatre-makers against the venue include verbally aggressive behavior, non-payments, and “filthy” conditions. ITC’s Chief Executive said: “We’re aware of dozens of buildings where this kind of practice is happening”.

Northern Irish gallery to close

30 Aug 2019

Nerve Visual in Derry, which hosted the 2013 Turner Prize, is to close on 6 September. The venue sits within the Nerve Centre, a creative media arts hub. The site is owned by the Northern Ireland Executive, who said: "The Executive Office is currently considering options for the section occupied by Nerve Gallery".

ACE awards £7m to develop arts leadership

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30 Aug 2019

The 18 successful bids include projects working with potential leaders from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with learning disabilities.

£4m Merseyside arts hub gets green light

29 Aug 2019

Egerton Village, which will include an events space, artists’ studios, managed workspace and a restaurant, has been approved by Wirral Council. It will form part of the £4.5bn Wirral Waters regeneration site in Birkenhead.

NLHF defends funding approach after Will Self barb

29 Aug 2019

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has rejected the novelist’s claims that it possesses a “reverse midas touch” and funds elite pursuits using income generated from the poorest parts of society. A spokesperson for the funder said “people are at the very heart of the projects we invest in”.

Visual arts audiences ‘increasingly dominated by a new generation’

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29 Aug 2019

New research finds that visual arts appeal disproportionately to millennials and Generation Z – but warns the sector needs to understand the barriers faced by less culturally experienced visitors.

British Airways actions branded 'unacceptable' after instrument broken in hold

28 Aug 2019

Musician N'Faly Kouyate is holding the airline responsible for damage to his electric kora after he was forced to put the instrument the plane's hold. Kouyate said BA staff had told him the instrument could be taken as hand luggage. The Incorporated Society of Musicians tweeted that the incident was "unacceptable" and called on the airline to rethink its policies. BA told the BBC it is investigating what happened.

Decline in creative GCSEs continues

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28 Aug 2019

The number of students taking Art and Design has increased, but campaigners said it is “not enough to correct several years of long-term decline in uptake”.

West Sussex arts centre in funding dispute with council

28 Aug 2019

Ropetackle arts centre in Shoreham-by-Sea is facing closure unless it can raise £50,000 from the public by mid-September. The council says it has provided £268,000 to the venue over the last decade. Ropetackle’s chairman called this figure misleading, saying the centre has not received any core funding for the past four years.

Fringe ticket sales exceed 3 million

28 Aug 2019

The 3,012,490 tickets sold this year was the highest ever total at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the first time the amount exceeded the 3 million threshold, according to the Fringe Society. The event included more than 3,800 shows, with a total of 250,000 attendees.

Parents more likely to visit galleries with children, says survey

27 Aug 2019

New research finds that a lack of play areas and parking were the most common reasons for negative experiences when taking children to cultural venues.

Backlash against ‘ideological' definition of museums

27 Aug 2019

A proposed update to the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) definition of a museum that mentions “human dignity and social justice” has been accused of being vague and too political. The curator who led the commission on the new definition said the old one “does not speak the language of the 21st century”. 24 national branches of ICOM have now asked for the vote to be postponed so that a new proposal can be put forward.

Ballet flashmob backs Prince George after TV host’s jibe

27 Aug 2019

Hundreds of ballet dancers performed outside the Good Morning America studio in New York in support of the prince, after he was mocked by host Lara Spencer for taking ballet lessons. Spencer later apologised for the remarks, calling them "insensitive" and "stupid".

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