Musical producers owe debtors £2.6m after collapsed tour

10 Jan 2018

Eden International Productions has gone into administration following the collapse of its show Heaven on Earth, which was scheduled to tour arenas around the UK for five months. A combined £2.6m is owed to cast members, venues and suppliers.

Arts Council England considers new funding stream for fiction

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09 Jan 2018

The national funder is concerned by low income for writers and a lack of diversity in the sector, and has pledged more support for authors, publishers and independent bookshops.

Belfast MAC and Ulster Orchestra given £600k lifeline

09 Jan 2018

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities has agreed to grant £350k to the Orchestra and £275k to the MAC following emergency funding pleas made in December.

NI political crisis prevents distribution of arts funding

09 Jan 2018

Almost £20m collected from bank accounts that have been dormant for 15 years is available for charitable causes in Northern Ireland – including the arts – but the lack of an executive has prevented the creation of a distribution mechanism.

Local council to relinquish Marlowe Theatre control

08 Jan 2018

An independent charitable trust has been given the go-ahead to run the Canterbury theatre, which will be chaired by former Artistic Director of Chichester Theatre Jonathan Church. The move is expected to save the council £238k over the first two years.

Labour accuses Government of male bias in art collection

08 Jan 2018

Shadow Arts Minister Kevin Brennan has called for a change in policy after research by Labour found almost three-quarters of the artworks acquired by the Government in recent years were by men.

North London gallery to host UK’s first permanent VR space

08 Jan 2018

The Zabludowicz Collection will open a room in mid-January dedicated to video, film and virtual reality, encouraging artists to create new work in the medium.

London borough trials classical music at bus stops

05 Jan 2018

Travellers using Croydon trams and buses have been treated to Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart at some stops, as part of Transport for London plans to improve the customer experience.

New Year honours for arts professionals

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05 Jan 2018

Hull 2017’s senior management team and leaders at the Hay Festival are among those receiving awards this year.

Ticketmaster criticised by advertising standards over ‘best seats’

04 Jan 2018

The ticket re-seller has been banned from saying it offers ‘best available’ tickets through its most expensive packages, after the Advertising Standards Agency found “no discernible difference” between general tickets and platinum tickets.

Sheffield council estate to become Park Hill Art Space

04 Jan 2018

The city’s largest art gallery will be created in a £21m transformation of a 13-storey block of flats on Duke Street, along with a permanent home for charity S1 Artspace, a research institute and live-work flats for artists.

BFI drops plans for multi-million-pound film and TV centre

04 Jan 2018

The £130m project, intended as a hub for filmmakers and a national home for film on London’s South Bank, has been ditched after the organisation failed to complete the planning process in time due to the “turbulent economic environment”.

Yorkshire school condemned for plans to charge for music GCSEs

03 Jan 2018

Bingley Grammar’s plan to charge pupils £5 a week to study music as an extracurricular activity has been labelled “shocking” by the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Creative arts primary school set for York

03 Jan 2018

Creative Arts Academy will host 420 pupils and teach all subjects in the curriculum “in a creative way”. Ebor Academy Trust has received funding from central Government to open the school, and has been backed by Actress Dame Judi Dench and Arts Council Chair Sir Nicholas Serota.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Director James Barber dies aged 59

02 Jan 2018

The Guildford theatre has paid tribute to its “loved and respected” Chief Executive, James Barber, who first joined the theatre as Assistant Stage Manager in 1978.

Arts leaders warn of ‘devastation’ if free movement ends

02 Jan 2018

A survey of 50 creative leaders, conducted by thinktank Global Future, has revealed consensus across the arts that the potential loss of freedom of movement in Europe after a hard Brexit is the biggest threat facing the sector at the moment.

Leading international arts figures face harassment claims

02 Jan 2018

Charles Dutoit, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has been released from forthcoming concert obligations after being accused of sexual assault by six musicians. Meanwhile the long-standing leader of New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, has retired amid accusations of abusive behaviour. Both men deny the allegations.

Leicester’s independent cinema and arts hub plans expansion

02 Jan 2018

A £7.1m redevelopment of the Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre will see the number of cinema screens doubled and the creation of a larger digital art gallery. Existing spaces for education and filmmaking will also be extended.

Ticket touts to face unlimited fines for use of ‘bots’

02 Jan 2018

The Government has begun the process of criminalising the use of automated software to bulk-buy concert, theatre and festival tickets. Ministers said they were taking action after tickets for the musical Hamilton appeared on re-sale websites for up to £6,000.

New arts spaces and studios for Inverness in £5.7m project

02 Jan 2018

The Midmills buildings are being converted into the Inverness Creative Academy by Wasps Artists’ Studios. The new development will include 39 affordable artists’ workspaces, as well as exhibition, performance and events space, a public café and offices for creative businesses.


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