Theatre producer Jo Beddoe dies aged 73

29 Mar 2018

The Yorkshire-born arts manager and theatre producer widely credited for her work with 7:84 Theatre Company has died aged 73. She was a former Chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatre, a founder of Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, and her career also included work with the Royal Court Theatre and Liverpool Playhouse.

Exam body challenges schools’ attitudes to ballet exams

29 Mar 2018

The Royal Academy of Dance is calling for clearer guidance on authorised absences for schoolchildren, as more schools are refusing permission for their pupils to attend dance, drama and music exams during school hours.

Arts side-lined in Sector Deal for the creative industries

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29 Mar 2018

The £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal supports the development of creative clusters and the roll out of a creative careers programme but prioritises digital businesses over culture.

New cultural venues for Bradford and Blackpool

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29 Mar 2018

The Government’s £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to three major capital projects in the North of England.

Culture strategy for London prioritises access

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27 Mar 2018

London’s Mayor has set out a vision and a roadmap for extending opportunities for local communities to experience cultural activity in the capital.

Survey to reveal views on ethics in arts sponsorship

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27 Mar 2018

Following high-profile protests of deals between arts organisations and businesses with controversial track records, ArtsProfessional has launched its latest Pulse survey to examine policy and practice in the cultural sector. 

Fire forces closure of Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre

27 Mar 2018

Access to the city’s oldest theatre will be denied for two months due to safety concerns following a fire which gutted a nearby building. The extent of damage to the theatre will not be known until after the closure.

National network to develop socially-engaged arts practice

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27 Mar 2018

Supported by Arts Council England for an initial three years, the network will be led by Battersea Arts Centre with a focus “away from London”. 

National Portrait Gallery weighs up pledge of “tainted” money

26 Mar 2018

The London gallery is assessing the risk for reputational damage if it were to accept a £1m grant from the Sackler Trust, which has been criticised for its involvement in the opioid crisis in the US.

State school plans £5m arts centre

26 Mar 2018

Christopher Whitehead Language College and sixth form in Worcester has raised £750k of private investment towards a performing arts centre that will be a hub for music, drama, dance and vocational studies.

Police engage actors to help fight drug trafficking

26 Mar 2018

The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit has staged street performances in Liverpool, Morecambe and now Wrexham to help raise awareness of the exploitation of vulnerable people by drug dealers.

Loans to become increasingly important for arts organisations

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23 Mar 2018

A new Nesta report finds demand for ‘repayable finance’ is growing as the arts sector looks to increase its earned income.

Arts Council of Wales to deepen links between NHS and arts

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23 Mar 2018

The national funder will look into appointing arts and health coordinators to each of Wales’ health boards to help broker links.

Dance organisation takes on Drama UK’s former accreditation role

23 Mar 2018

The Council for Dance Education and Training will be renamed the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre as it takes on the accreditation role held by Drama UK before its closure in 2016. The Federation of Drama Schools was set up as a replacement for Drama UK last year, but does not provide independent accreditation.

1,000 people oppose council plans to sell art collection

23 Mar 2018

A petition has been launched in response to proposals by Hertfordshire Council to sell 91% of its art collection and use the funds to conserve the remaining works. The council’s public consultation on the proposal will close this month.

Sadiq Khan unveils small arts grants programme for London

23 Mar 2018

Individuals and small organisations in London will be able to apply for grants of £1k to £5k. The £1m ‘Culture Seeds’ fund, launched by Mayor Sadiq Khan, intends to boost grassroots culture and is aimed at communities which do not usually have access to public funds.

Unite union finds Edinburgh Fringe workers paid £3.40 an hour

23 Mar 2018

Edinburgh City Council has announced plans to investigate claims by Unite that workers at the Fringe were not paid minimum wage, and workers in council-owned venues had their hours cut with 24 hours’ notice.

Helen Legg becomes new Director of Tate Liverpool

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23 Mar 2018

Tate Director Maria Balshaw said she was confident Legg would lead the organisation “into a new era”.

Salisbury arts, theatre and music organisations merge

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23 Mar 2018

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival will be known as Wiltshire Creative and receive an annual £1.3m from Arts Council England.

London boroughs funded to develop Creative Enterprise Zones

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21 Mar 2018

£500k is being shared by eleven shortlisted boroughs to develop plans to support artists and creative businesses in their areas.

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