ACE research finds ‘deeply rooted’ transparency concerns

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11 Jan 2019

Interviews with arts sector stakeholders also reveal that Arts Council England is seen as overly bureaucratic, and the Grantium funding portal continues to complicate grant applications.

Creative industries collaboration to explore potential for immersive performance

11 Jan 2019

Opportunities for using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies will be developed with a view to extending the ways audiences across the world can experience live performance.

Staff at risk of redundancy at Shakespeare’s Globe

11 Jan 2019

Up to 40 employees – around 14% of the theatre’s workforce – could be impacted by a planned restructure, although the theatre said the number of redundancies would be much lower than this. The venue, which says a “difficult financial year” has forced it to cut costs, will close its current exhibition space and repurpose it for commercial hire.

Teacher survey reals ‘shocking decline’ in arts education for primary school pupils

11 Jan 2019

New Fabian Society research – backed by Children & the Arts, the Musicians Union and actor Ben Elton – found that nearly two-thirds of 400 surveyed teachers said there was currently less arts provision than in 2010, and 49% said the quality of the provision had worsened.

More details of Scottish National Gallery redevelopment released

11 Jan 2019

The two-year, £22m project, which began last October, will create a new set of galleries from former office, storage and display spaces; improve accessibility for those with mobility impairments; and landscape the adjoining East Princes Street Gardens to offer visitors direct access to the gallery.

Profits halve at Cameron Mackintosh with costly Victoria Palace redevelopment

11 Jan 2019

The company’s 2017/18 accounts reveal that although turnover increased by 14% on the previous year, profits were down 57% from £12m to £5m as the costs of refurbishing the West End venue increased from £35m to £60m.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

ACE commits £6m to leadership development

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11 Jan 2019

Supporting early career leaders is among the priorities for the funding, which will also aim to tackle the lack of diversity in sector leadership.

Approval imminent for theatre and pub development in Stone

10 Jan 2019

Plans for a 140-seat theatre and the reuse of derelict buildings as a backstage area and stores are set for approval by Staffordshire Borough Council. The development will form part of a regeneration scheme that will see the theatre’s foyer and bar integrated with a new pub on a site with "important brewery history".

St Helens to lose ‘iconic’ lottery-funded arts venue as Arts Council invests in library

10 Jan 2019

After celebrating its 30th anniversary last year, the Citadel Arts Centre building will close at the end of June, but the Citadel Arts Centre Charity will continue to deliver arts activities for children and families, disabled, vulnerable and elderly people. Meanwhile, the Council Library Service, a new Arts Council England national portfolio organisation, will receive a further £110,000 to “continue the mission to make the area a cultural hotbed”.

Queen passes over NT patronage to Duchess of Sussex

10 Jan 2019

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, has paid tribute to the Queen for her “long and unwavering support and service” since becoming the theatre’s patron in 1974, and welcomed the Duchess of Sussex, actor Meghan Markle, to the role.

Council brings cultural services back in house amid financial difficulties

08 Jan 2019

Cambridge Live, launched in 2015 with responsibility for running the Cambridge Folk Festival, an annual programme of outdoor events and the Corn Exchange venue, will transfer control of services back to the council by April. Local politicians have agreed to a major bailout after concluding the organisation was unable to meet its financial targets.

Survey finds a quarter of young adults don’t go to the theatre

08 Jan 2019

24% of the 2,000 18-30-year-olds surveyed by insurers Ecclesiastical, which works in the arts sector, said they “never” go to the theatre – preferring to use social media or stay in and watch TV instead. One in five say they go once a year, compared to 27% that attend two or three times a year. 

Hundreds of actors and directors complain about Irish national theatre’s policy

08 Jan 2019

A letter to Ireland’s Minister for Culture from more than 300 actors, designers, agents, playwrights and designers complains that the Abbey Theatre’s new emphasis on co-producing shows is leading to fewer in-house productions and fewer employment opportunities for Irish actors.

Edinburgh Fringe worth more than £200m to local economy

08 Jan 2019

The festival’s value has increased by more than £25m since research was last carried out in 2015, making it the most lucrative cultural or sporting event in Scotland – ahead of the Open golf tournament, which generated £140m.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane closes for £45m revamp

07 Jan 2019

The venue, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres, will close for 20 months. Work will include reducing capacity by 200 to create more space and better sightlines, offering theatre-makers a choice of seating configurations, and a range of adaptations to improve access.

Politicians warn of Brexit risks for orchestras

07 Jan 2019

In a debate in parliament, former Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey said that British orchestras need clarification from the government on how issues such as work permits, taking instruments across borders, and health insurance will affect touring in Europe after Brexit. Labour MP Stephen Timms cautioned that a no-deal scenario could threaten the future of some orchestras.

Government denies reported plan to merge Culture, Business and Transport departments

04 Jan 2019

A Government spokesperson says reports in The Sun that Treasury Chief Secretary Liz Truss and Cabinet Office minister David Lidington are in talks about a new ‘super ministry’, which could potentially be introduced alongside the Government’s Spending Review in the autumn, are not true. The Sun report said it was argued such changes – alongside a similar merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office -- would save hundreds of millions of pounds and streamline work. 

Actor taking legal action against Universal Credit

04 Jan 2019

Charmaine Parkin says the scheme has caused “a great deal of stress and anxiety” and left her “worse off than if I was unemployed”, because her benefit payments were based on the national minimum wage, rather than actual monthly earnings. The freelance director and actor is working with solicitors Leigh Day and union Equity on the High Court challenge.

Artistic Director saves panto with last minute performance

04 Jan 2019

Tamara Harvey, Artistic Director at Theatre Clwyd, was forced to take to the stage this week in her production of Dick Whittington, after the leading actress twisted her knee in the opening minutes of the performance and was unable to continue.

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