Mayflower reopens after 16-week revamp

27 Sep 2018

Southampton’s Grade-II listed theatre has completed its £7.5m renovation. The walls have been repainted, the orchestra pit has been moved below the stage and the building is now connected to adjacent theatre offices.

New 120-seat theatre in London chapel

25 Sep 2018

A former chapel and women-only gym in London’s Stoke Newington will reopen this week as a home for Tower Theatre, equipped with rehearsal, performance, office and social spaces.

Cultural attendance on the rise in Scotland

Outside the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh
24 Sep 2018

More than nine in ten adults either attended a cultural event or place, or participated in a cultural activity in 2017.

Arts Council sparks controversy with ‘practical guide’ to cultural democracy

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21 Sep 2018

Calls for unity have been made following comments accusing Arts Council England of appropriating a radical movement and likening the national funder to Nigel Farage playing the sitar at WOMAD festival.

Arts venues aim to make Newcastle ‘best place to be young’

Kema Kay
21 Sep 2018

The City of Dreams strategy aims to engage 165,000 under-25s in the arts every year for the next 10 years, and hopes to address poverty and mental health challenges.

Writers call for radical changes at National Theatre Wales

21 Sep 2018

Forty signatories to a letter to the Chair are demanding that the theatre does more to champion Welsh artists, describing the organisation as a "roadblock" to success.

City of Culture cash legacy committed to infrastructure improvements

21 Sep 2018

Resources set aside for Paisley and Renfrewshire’s UK City of Culture bid will be redirected to expand capacity for major events and create an organisational development fund to support the growth of the area’s creative sector.

Research identifies ‘active ingredients’ in arts and health interventions

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21 Sep 2018

A new report aims to improve the way arts interventions are designed and measured and pave the way for further research.

EBacc blamed for growing gender imbalance in GCSE choices

21 Sep 2018

Female entries for GCSE music outnumbered those from males by almost 4,000 in 2017/18, compared to just 764 five years ago.

Momentum builds for action on pay

Two people sitting on the grass in front of a tent
21 Sep 2018

Wales takes a lead as arts professionals across all the countries of the UK are urged to take part in research that will shed light on low pay and earnings in the cultural sector.

Almeida sets up youth board

20 Sep 2018

Nine people aged between 18 and 25 have been chosen to meet once a month to “provoke, inspire and create positive change” at the venue.

Royal Opera House completes £50m revamp

20 Sep 2018

The organisation hopes the three-year transformation, which includes new public spaces and a new performance space, will help the opera house lose its elitist tag.

New South London Gallery building opens

19 Sep 2018

Located just opposite the main site, the former Peckham Road Fire Station building opens this weekend following a renovation. Alongside hosting exhibitions, it will run an education and events programme.

Arts Council joins forces with HLF

18 Sep 2018

A new Memorandum of Understanding, in place until 2020, includes commitments for both bodies to share data on the more effective use of Lottery funding and to align funding processes where possible.

Arts projects funded through coastal fund

18 Sep 2018

£60k has been granted to a South Shields project to turn a pit head building into a cultural hub. Through the Government’s £6m Coastal Communities Fund, Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre has also been provided with £800k for a project training people working in the tourism and culture sectors.

V&A Dundee driving up local house prices

18 Sep 2018

Although the city remains one of the cheapest in Scotland to buy a house – with an average price of £141k, compared to £169k nationally – house prices jumped by 5.7% in the past year as the museum neared completion, new research finds.

EU copyright changes could benefit artists

17 Sep 2018

Publishers and creative artists could receive more money from tech giants that share their content under changes to copyright law that have been approved by the European Parliament.

Dundee theatre looks to relocate

17 Sep 2018

Director Andrew Panton has said that Dundee Rep’s current building is “probably not” the best way to serve the city’s needs, and he would like to see a capital campaign for a venue with more capacity and a studio space.

Arts Council of Wales to introduce workforce diversity targets

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14 Sep 2018

At the heart of its new 5-year Corporate Plan is a commitment to ensuring diversity among those it funds, and to improving the financial resilience of both arts organisations and individual artists.

Cultural merger on the cards in Perthshire

14 Sep 2018

Perth and Kinross Council has expressed interest in a merger between Horsecross Arts and Culture Perth and Kinross, which have both been directed to save a total of £144k over the next three years. A final recommendation is expected in November.


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