Vivaldi speeds up lunch for 5-year-olds

01 Mar 2019

The head teacher of a primary school in Basildon, Essex, which has been playing classical music in the school dining room, has dismissed press reports of parents’ objecting to the move, saying it has encouraged pupils to eat their lunch quietly and get out onto the playground.

South London graffiti artists struck and killed in rail accident

01 Mar 2019

The families of the three artists have warned of the “dangerous risks this art form brings” and urged others to “keep your creativity alive — but don’t risk your lives”.

Consultation to inform cultural strategy for Slough

01 Mar 2019

A survey commissioned by Slough Borough Council and Arts Council England will gather residents’ views about the future of culture and the arts in the town. It will feed into a new cultural strategy that aims to see Slough ‘recognised as a town of culture in the future’.

Philanthropist takes on Booker Prize sponsorship

01 Mar 2019

The name of the £50,000 prize, which for 18 years has been called the Man Booker Prize after its major sponsor, the Man Group, will not refer to the new sponsor, billionaire Sir Michael Moritz.

Education Minister challenged over tender process for music curriculum

01 Mar 2019

Attempts to find out more about the government contract to write a new model music curriculum have been blocked by the Department for Education. Critics of the decision to award it to the ABRSM claim the music exam board has no expertise in classroom teaching.

Council cuts put Dundee culture company under pressure

01 Mar 2019

Voluntary redundancies, early retirement schemes and higher prices for arts and leisure activities are among the measures being considered by Leisure and Culture Dundee after its primary funder, the City Council, agreed to go ahead with £10.3m of budget cuts.

Temporary pension hike reprieve for music education hubs

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01 Mar 2019

Arts Council England warns that without extra funding, rising teacher pension costs could eat up to 10% of a hub’s budget in 2019/20.

MPs to examine effectiveness of arts activities in First World War commemorations

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01 Mar 2019

A DCMS inquiry will assess whether arts and education initiatives were more successful than traditional approaches in connecting with a younger generation.

Young people ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about creative writing

01 Mar 2019

An evaluation of a three-year scheme finds writing programmes should prioritise writing for pleasure, rather than trying to improve technical accuracy.

Funders join forces with business to support culture in Cornwall

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01 Mar 2019

A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding pledges to promote inclusive growth and defend Cornish cultural distinctiveness.

Diversity organisation celebrates placing 1000th paid intern

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01 Mar 2019

Creative Access, set up in 2012, has placed hundreds of candidates from under-represented backgrounds with organisations including the National Theatre, Tate and Leeds Playhouse.

Tribunal victory could see large payouts for ATG staff

27 Feb 2019

The success of members of backstage union BECTU at Edinburgh Playhouse in an annual pay rise dispute with ATG could lead to similar rulings for 11 other theatres, potentially affecting up to 210 staff.

Unequal access to music in Scotland, report finds

27 Feb 2019

A 12-month study by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland revealed music is one of the most popular curriculum subjects but there is ‘unmet demand’ for music education by more than 100,000 young people across the country.

London cements position as best for art and design studies

27 Feb 2019

The University of the Arts London moved from sixth to second place in the QS University World rankings for art and design, while the Royal College of Art retained the crown as the top university in the list for the fifth year running.

National Theatre partners with Spotlight on transgender casting event

27 Feb 2019

The event, which will also involve union Equity and the Old Vic, aims to improve understanding about supporting theatre’s trans community and to forge links between performers and creatives.

London-based refugee theatre company unable to enter Malta to perform

25 Feb 2019

Phosphoros Theatre Company (PTC) said Heathrow Airport turned away Afghan refugee Syed Haleem Najibi on the advice of Air Malta, which had described the group from PTC as “suspicious” and demanded additional travel documents not required under published guidelines.

Britain’s public sculptures digitised and posted online

25 Feb 2019

A new £4m project by Art UK will catalogue and photograph all 150,000 of the country’s publicly owned sculptures by the end of 2020, making it the first country in the world to have a fully searchable database.

Jerwood art collection to be withdrawn from gallery in dispute with funder

25 Feb 2019

The Hastings-based Jerwood Gallery, one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, will have to give up the Jerwood Collection of almost 300 works of modern and contemporary British art, after the Jerwood Foundation announced that a funding agreement that has been in place since 2012 will end this year. The gallery will change its name but remain one of the foundation’s tenants, as the philanthropic organisation owns the building.

Swindon reverses proposed arts cuts

25 Feb 2019

Swindon Borough Council has decided not to go ahead with a combined £10k cut to Prime Theatre and Reach Inclusive Arts - both based at the Wyvern Theatre. 

Increasing number of NPOs classified as ‘major risk’

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22 Feb 2019

Just months after Liverpool Everyman was forced to drop out of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, more core funded organisations are reported as facing major risks.


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