Olivier Best Director award to be renamed after Sir Peter Hall

11 Apr 2018

The Society of London Theatre is reviewing its process for including names in the ‘In Memoriam’ section of its Olivier Awards ceremony after unintentionally omitting the theatre director, who died last year aged 86.

Tricycle Theatre renamed Kiln Theatre

11 Apr 2018

The new name, which reflects its home in the London suburb of Kilburn, will mark the reopening of the theatre following a two-year, £5.5m redevelopment programme.

Grant boost for talented pupils at performing arts schools

11 Apr 2018

Unions have warned that new government funding for the most talented young musicians, dancers and actors will do nothing to address the needs of the majority of pupils, as arts subjects are squeezed to the margins of the school curriculum. 

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music appoints first Artist in Residence

11 Apr 2018

Composer and sound artist Richy Carey will work with community groups and choirs in the city, supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.

Artists’ studio provider membership body closes

09 Apr 2018

The National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers, set up in 2007 and funded by Arts Council England until 2012, has closed. Its website, which shares guidance on running studios and outreach programmes, will remain live.

Labour calls on drama schools to drop audition fees

09 Apr 2018

Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson has written to leading drama schools, which charge up to £80 per audition, stressing the fees are a “barrier to access” for students from poorer backgrounds.

Scottish islanders object to arts centre opening on Sundays

09 Apr 2018

Plans to open Hebridean arts centre An Lanntair seven days a week have been criticised by more than 250 residents on the Isle of Lewis, who state the change would lead to “further erosion of our heritage and unique culture as regards a peaceful Sunday”.

Entertainment reporter accused of ‘racist’ theatre review

09 Apr 2018

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) accused Daily Mail writer Quentin Letts of a “blatantly racist attitude” after he suggested an actor in an RSC production was only cast because he is black.

National Lottery operator Camelot making ‘excessive’ profits

06 Apr 2018

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has said Camelot’s licence is not sufficiently protecting National Lottery Good Causes and criticised the lack of a break clause, after the Lottery operator’s profits rose by 122% while returns to good causes stagnated at 2%.

British Council advised Royal Court against staging Tibet play

06 Apr 2018

Correspondence revealed through Freedom of Information shows a British Council official warned the theatre that going ahead with ‘Pah-La’ – a play scheduled for a West End run last year but ‘censored’ and eventually rescheduled – would “jeopardise the Royal Court’s ability to do further work in China”.

Arts Council England limits access to capital grants

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06 Apr 2018

Arts organisations outside of ACE’s national portfolio will only have access to capital funding over £100k in “exceptional circumstances”.

Arts organisations among best employers for women

06 Apr 2018

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

New guidance to support dignity at work in arts organisations

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06 Apr 2018

A free support line for performing arts workers concerned about workplace harassment or bullying will be set up for a year, funded by UK Theatre, SOLT and the Theatre Development Trust.

Arts funding favours the privileged, Scottish Government told

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06 Apr 2018

A public consultation to inform the Government’s upcoming Culture Strategy also criticised the lack of diversity across the arts workforce.

Arnolfini protected in Bristol visual arts shakeup

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06 Apr 2018

Arts Council England plans to boost Bristol and the South West’s international reputation for the visual arts with a new collaborative commissioning programme.

Actors Touring Company criticised over harassment investigation

04 Apr 2018

Two people who complained about inappropriate behaviour by the company’s Artistic Director, Ramin Gray, have criticised the apparent lack of progress in the investigation, which was launched in November 2017.

New multi-million-pound arts centre opens in North Wales

04 Apr 2018

The £4.5m Ty Pawb, which opened on the site of the former People’s Market in Wrexham this week, has performance areas, two galleries and market stalls.

Musicians Union denounces ‘worst scam in 20 years’

04 Apr 2018

Management firm Band Management Universal has come under fire for apparent fraud after charging up to £4k for services yet failing to deliver on marketing and production promises. The Musicians Union described it as the worst example of music fraud in the past two decades.

Government must tackle arts fundraising challenges, AMs say

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29 Mar 2018

Welsh Assembly members have concluded that a fundraising skills deficit is holding back attempts to reduce arts organisations’ reliance on public funding. 

Royal Opera House held responsible for musician’s hearing loss

29 Mar 2018

A High Court judgement found that noise from brass instruments positioned directly behind a viola player in the orchestra pit had caused ‘acoustic shock’, and that the Royal Opera House was culpable under statutory regulations of control of noise at work. It had offered hearing protectors for players but did not make their use compulsory.


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