Plans released for Welsh arts centre revamp

03 Jan 2019

Architects De Matos Ryan will retrofit the Wyeside Arts Centre in Powys, expanding bar facilities, creating a ‘gathering space’ and introducing a new cinema studio.

Israel and US officially bow out of UNESCO

02 Jan 2019

Previously announced plans to leave the UN’s cultural agency have formally come into effect since the start of 2019. Israel claims the educational, cultural and scientific agency’s goal is “to deliberately act against us”.

Ireland toys with trebling funding for public art

02 Jan 2019

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan is to propose overhauling the Irish Government’s Per Cent for Art scheme, increasing the allocation for public art commissions from 1% to as much as 3% of the total budget for state infrastructure projects.

Revered Northern sculpture ‘pranked’ for Christmas

02 Jan 2019

Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North was adorned with a Santa hat by a group of ten pranksters, who slung abseiling ropes over the sculpture’s wings on Christmas Eve to finally achieve the feat on their seventh attempt.

Politicians call for ‘Town of Culture’ award

02 Jan 2019

A group of Labour MPs, led by Yvette Cooper, has written to Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright urging him to establish a new ‘Town of Culture’ award to complement the current ‘City of Culture’ and ‘London Borough of Culture’ initiatives. The politicians say this would generate “new investment, footfall and national recognition for the towns involved”.

750-seat theatre mooted for Kent town

02 Jan 2019

Ashford Borough Council has rejected a petition to convert a former cinema – subsequently used as a bingo hall – into a theatre, saying the site was too old. But council leader Gerry Clarkson said the town could have a 750-seat theatre within five years.

MP pledges to reopen struggling Welsh venue

02 Jan 2019

Although Muni Arts Centre recently announced it had closed after being “dogged by financial problems”, Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has said there are plans for it to “reopen at the earliest possible opportunity”.

Research highlights inadequate toilet provision at West End theatres

02 Jan 2019

The average theatre would need to extend its interval from 20 minutes to one hour to give all female audience members the chance to use the toilet, a new study from The Stage reveals. The research also lists venues with the best – and worst – female audience member to toilet ratios.

BBC arts to prioritise dance this year

02 Jan 2019

The broadcaster’s series of new dance-focused shows, including talent competition The Greatest Dancer, aim to “bring the nation together around a love of dance” and “showcase the extraordinary artistry in the UK”. The move comes after the BBC recently featured contemporary dance company Candoco on its flagship dance programme, Strictly Come Dancing. 

Slashing local arts budgets leads to additional financial loss, analysis suggests

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21 Dec 2018

Arts organisations in Bath have consistently leveraged three times as much financial support from other sources as they have been granted by the local council, new data reveals.

NI arts sector warned 2019 may be ‘most challenging year yet’

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21 Dec 2018

“The future is bleak unless new innovative solutions to the funding challenge can be found,” says the Chair of Arts Council Northern Ireland.

£11m allocated to London’s ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’

Street art in London
21 Dec 2018

Six zones across seven boroughs have been provided with funding to develop links between artists, local people and small creative businesses.

Local council consults on £4.5m Welsh theatre plans

21 Dec 2018

Ceredigion council is preparing for a public consultation on plans to either spend £4.5m relocating Aeron Valley’s Theatr Felinfach, or spend £1.5m refurbishing the current building.

Class influences career entry but not career progression, research finds

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21 Dec 2018

Over 70% of respondents working in music, the visual arts or museums/heritage come from households where the main income earner worked in a professional or senior managerial occupation.

Liverpool stands by ‘insulting’ logo design competition

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20 Dec 2018

The city region authority is offering a prize of £800 for a “simple but visually impactful” design to be used across print and online promotional materials for the £200k a year initiative.

Culture funding falls in Scottish budget

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20 Dec 2018

The budget allocation for 'Creative Scotland and other arts' includes £10m for Screen Scotland and a £6.6m boost for the regularly funded portfolio to compensate for reduced lottery income.

Technology partnership preserves memory of Brazil’s national museum

20 Dec 2018

Google Arts and Culture has created an interactive digital replica of the museum, which lost most of its collection to fire earlier this year. In addition, fourteen researchers who lost their work in the fire will be able to continue their research through access to labs at Washington’s Smithsonian Institution.

London receives higher share of lottery good causes income, investigation finds

20 Dec 2018

The Cities of London and Westminster, Islington South, Finsbury, Holborn and St Pancras received £4,640 per head over the past 20 years – more than ten times the ratio across the rest of the UK, BBC Wales research reveals.

First awards from Creative Scotland’s new touring fund

20 Dec 2018

17 dance and theatre projects will share a total of £1.2m to support touring between 2019 and 2020. The fund was unveiled earlier this year, alongside the controversial announcement of Creative Scotland’s regular funding decisions, when touring companies were removed from the category without warning.

‘Women-only’ Swedish festival found guilty of discrimination

20 Dec 2018

The country’s Discrimination Ombudsman said Statement festival, which described itself as “male-free”, was discriminatory in that it “discouraged a certain group from attending”. The festival, which did not block anyone of any sex from attending, was set up in response to a large number of sexual assaults last year at Bravalla, Sweden’s largest music festival.

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