National roll-out on the cards for Black Ticket Project

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01 Jun 2018

The scheme, which offers free theatre tickets to young Black people, is hoping to expand following two successful crowdfunding campaigns.

UK museums slip down worldwide top 20 visitor rankings

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01 Jun 2018

The number of visits to UK museums fell last year, while Asian museums increased attendance by 11%.

New partnership to deepen links between visual arts and dance

31 May 2018

Siobhan Davies Dance and Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art have committed to a four-year partnership. They will develop new dance works and touring opportunities, and support skills development in curating, producing and audience engagement within their organisations and in the wider visual arts and dance fields.

Council intervenes in Edinburgh festivals wage dispute

31 May 2018

New guidelines, drawn up by the city council, call for all workers at Edinburgh’s festivals to be paid a living wage. The council will enshrine the new guidelines, which also ban unpaid trial shifts and the use of ‘tips’ to replace wages, in an Edinburgh Festivals Workers’ Welfare Commitment.

V&A defends itself against ‘artwash’ accusations

30 May 2018

Protests at the museum’s decision to display a section of the condemned Robin Hood Gardens social housing estate at the Venice Biennale have been dismissed by Director Tristram Hunt. Writing in The Art Newspaper, he said the museum had been active in London since 1872, and will still be there “long after the keyboard warriors and ‘art-wash’ agitators have moved onto their next bout of indignation”.

EXCLUSIVE: Collapse in GCSE arts subjects gathers pace

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29 May 2018

The fall in entry numbers for GCSE arts subjects has reached record levels, but an Ofqual report understates dramatic losses in design and technology.

NPO data sharing agreements cancelled amidst GDPR panic

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25 May 2018

As around 40 arts organisations are told that their agreements with Southbank Centre are being terminated, ACE threatens to withhold funding from NPOs that fail to share their data.

Teacher of the year: ‘We must make parents value arts in schools’

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25 May 2018

The comments, made at a panel event on arts education, come as the RSA launches a new network of cultural practitioners to better support the use of evidence in education.

China to build new city dedicated to the arts

25 May 2018

The £2 billion 988-acre site, 60 miles from Beijing, will include performance venues, a museum, exhibition space for artist residencies and offices. It is the latest of a number of “so-called cultural towns” to be built by private developers who can obtain ample bank loans to fund construction.

New 2,000-seat theatre to open in London

23 May 2018

The Troubadour Wembley Park will open in autumn 2018 as a flexible 1000- to 2000-seat venue, able to be configured for in-the-round, immersive and proscenium arch shows.

Europe plans €400m increase to culture budget

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23 May 2018

The proposed 27% increase would take funding for the creative and cultural sector up to €1.9bn for the years 2021-27.

DCMS calls for more research on diversity and place-making

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23 May 2018

Senior arts researchers have hit back at a report implying knowledge gaps in key policy areas, saying it highlights the Department’s limited awareness of existing research literature and lack of institutional memory.

Breakthrough in campaign against EU theatre lighting rules

22 May 2018

Theatres may be exempted from proposed European Union energy regulations, which are predicted to cost UK venues up to £1bn. Save Stage Lighting campaigners met with the European Commission and secured the right to submit a draft exemption for entertainment lighting.

Visual arts organisation ‘throws in the towel’ after 40 years

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22 May 2018

Exeter’s Spacex has marked its demise by publishing a satirical conversation around the imbalance of power between those in- and outside ACE’s regularly funded network.

Welsh drama school ditches academic marks in wellbeing bid

22 May 2018

First year students on acting and design for performance courses at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are no longer given academic grades, as part of the school’s bid to help students transition into higher education and improve mental health. The College plans to roll the practice out to more courses later this year.

New video platform streams TED-style arts education talks

22 May 2018

Created by former London Deputy Mayor for Culture Munira Mirza, the platform hosts videos by leading arts figures on topics ranging from Van Gogh’s expressive brushwork to art and drugs in the summer of love.

American ballet company offers expert commentary during performance

22 May 2018

Drawing inspiration from live commentary during sports events, a performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by San Jose company New Ballet will offer audiences the chance to dial into a conference call from their mobile and listen to anecdotes, background and analysis from a ballet expert.

Hull’s Culture Company re-brands and sets out long-term vision

22 May 2018

The team that delivered Hull’s year as UK City of Culture 2017 and was last year granted £1m to establish itself as an independent company will now be known as Absolutely Cultured. It will continue to run outdoor events, run the city’s Humber Street Gallery, and host events including a national poetry and spoken word festival in September.

Government arts access scheme ‘not reaching enough poor pupils’

18 May 2018

Around half of the pupils benefitting from two multi-million-pound Government schemes aimed at widening access to prestigious arts schools came from households with incomes of over £30k.

New lease of life for Wigan theatre

18 May 2018

Wigan Royal Court Theatre, which has been used as a bingo hall, bar and nightclub since it closed in 1974, has been purchased by arts organisation The Old Courts with plans to “restore it to its former glory”.

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