Fundraisers concerned about donors’ future income

17 May 2019

New research warns that “the wider macroeconomic environment will impact on the ability of charities to raise funds when individuals experience a decline in disposable income”.

Creative Europe supports UK culture despite Brexit uncertainty

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17 May 2019

UK cultural organisations have been urged to "continue applications as normal" as negotiations over leaving the EU continue.

Cardiff campaign to protect grassroots culture

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17 May 2019

Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.

Fellowships to focus on arts in the built environment

17 May 2019

A new category of Churchill Fellowship has been set up to fund travel that will enable architects and other professionals to explore innovative uses of the arts in the built environment. The awards are made to encourage people to bring good ideas from overseas back to the UK and make change happen in their professions and communities.

Culture Minister resigns following 'politically-motivated' interventions

16 May 2019

A 6,500 signature petition and international protests from forty international museum directors, including Tate's Maria Balshaw, have prompted Antonin Stanek, the Czech Culture Minister, to step down. Stanek had fired Jiri Fajt, director of Prague’s National Gallery, and Michal Soukup, head of the Museum of Art in Olomouc, in a move that was widely condemned as being politically motivated.

Shakespeare's Globe development plans on ice

15 May 2019

Higher than anticipated costs will lead to a two-year delay to accommodate an increase to the capital project’s fundraising target, originally £30m. The planned extension will create a new library, archive and production facilities.

Rose Theatre under threat as Council prepares to withdraw funding

14 May 2019

Kingston Council has warned that the theatre's £265k annual funding will end by 2022 and criticised its “uncommercial” programme of events, saying “we think they can act more commercially and become more efficient in the way they are run."

Research to investigate orchestral injuries

14 May 2019

Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool John Moores University are joining forces with Help Musicians to address concerns about the prevalence and impact of playing-related injuries among professional musicians and seek prevention strategies.

Sheffield gallery submits plans for redevelopment

14 May 2019

Sidney and Matilda Gallery and Social Club is applying for planning permission to develop a former paper factory in the city centre as a mixed-use gallery space and private arts members club.



Opera House in bid to reach younger generation

14 May 2019

The first ever series of family friendly operas commissioned by the Royal Opera House aims to challenge public preconceptions about the art form and 'inoculate' young people against prejudice that could develop later.

UK Music calls for investigation into ailing PledgeMusic platform

13 May 2019

In a letter to Small Business and Consumer Minister Kelly Tolhurst, the industry body’s CEO Michael Dugher urges that the crowdfunding website PledgeMusic be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority after it failed to find a buyer. Last week, the platform’s founder Benji Rodgers confirmed in a blog that the company was headed for administration.

Unpaid rent locks artists out of London studios

13 May 2019

Following an “administrative error” from studio provider ACAVA which meant it did not pay rent to the building’s landlords, twenty-five artists are now unable to access their studios in Perivale in West London. The artists say they cannot carry on with their usual work until the issue is resolved.

Musicians 'fobbed off' on access requests

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10 May 2019

Fear of negative reactions is deterring Deaf and disabled musicians from mentioning their access needs when talking to promoters, venues or festivals about performing opportunities.

ACE pledges £1.5m to grassroots music venues

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10 May 2019

Previously criticised as “too posh for pop”, Arts Council England has voiced support for genres including rock and hip-hop.

Arts Council of Wales seeks ‘systemic change’ to embed the arts in healthcare

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10 May 2019

A new project will investigate new ideas for how the arts can play an “impactful and sustainable” role in health and wellbeing.

Even minimal creative activity boosts wellbeing, research finds

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10 May 2019

A study of 50,000 people found that regardless of skill level, taking part in activities like painting, pottery or music helps people manage their emotions, build confidence and explore solutions to problems.

Rural areas suffer from ACE funding bias

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10 May 2019

An evidence review by Arts Council England suggests a reduction in London funding “should naturally lead to greater potential for funding rural organisations”.

Arts centre at the heart of redeveloment plans in Rye

10 May 2019

An £8m scheme has been put forward to convert a large derelict warehouse into a multi-purpose arts centre, including artists’ studios and workshops, an arts library, gallery spaces and a multifunctional rehearsal space with the potential to seat 250.

Visitor numbers soar at Leeds museums and galleries

10 May 2019

By investing to make the nine council-run sites into better visitor attractions, the organisation reached 1.7 million  people - a 23% increase on last year, and almost five times as many as in 2004 when records began.


British Council to use arts projects in peace-building

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09 May 2019

New research has found academic evidence of the power of culture to draw communities together.


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