Workers strike at Royal Museums Greenwich

02 Jan 2018

Front-of-house workers at the London museums took action on New Year’s Day over changes to their contracts, which mean some could work longer shifts and are no longer entitled to paid breaks.

Government releases Brexit ‘sector analysis’ on Creative Industries

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21 Dec 2017

39 reports have been released by the Exiting the EU committee, but the Government has “decided not to publish” the comments and issues raised by the sectors themselves.

National Theatre promises to improve security after Youtubers break in

21 Dec 2017

Following the release of a Youtube video showing two men climbing into the National Theatre building at night and scaling the Olivier flytower, the venue has pledged to “strengthen security” and affirmed that it liaises with the police on an ongoing basis.

Gender gap entrenched among theatre directors, report finds

21 Dec 2017

Research by Stage Directors UK found that male directors outnumbered female directors in 21 of England’s 33 largest theatres last year. At Hull Truck and Oldham Coliseum all of the directors of in-house shows were male, and female directors outnumbered male directors at only seven venues.

£30m Fairfield Halls refurb ‘at least six-months late’

21 Dec 2017

Croydon Council confirmed the arts centre’s opening will be delayed until at least December 2018. Campaigners who opposed the redevelopment plans, which were meant to be complete by Summer 2018, originally called for a phased work schedule, so at least one venue could remain open.

Hall for Cornwall prepares for multi-million-pound revamp

21 Dec 2017

Restoration and conservation of the venue’s Grade II-listed buildings are included in the £18m redevelopment plans, which have been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Government.

Funding concerns plague community arts groups, survey finds

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21 Dec 2017

1,000 people involved in creative groups have revealed why they participate and highlighted the challenges their groups face.

EU culture funding for UK guaranteed until at least 2020

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21 Dec 2017

UK arts organisations and European partners have been advised to continue applications for Creative Europe funding as normal.

New guide aims to increase compassion in the arts

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20 Dec 2017

Subtle changes could help cultural organisations become more welcoming, attract more visitors and potentially increase donations.

Government to streamline Gift Aid rules

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20 Dec 2017

The current ‘benefit’ thresholds will be simplified into two levels – for donations under £100 and over £100.

Petition demands reversal of Murdoch ACE appointment

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19 Dec 2017

Artists’ Union England says Elisabeth Murdoch’s appointment to the arts funder’s National Council is “another example of corporate co-option of a publicly-funded institution”.

MAC Belfast makes emergency funding plea

19 Dec 2017

After receiving £40k of emergency funding from Belfast City Council to “keep the doors open until the end of October”, the theatre has put out another plea for an additional £300k from public funds before the end of the 2017/18 financial year, and a further £270k in 2018/19.

‘Cities of Circus’ planned across the UK as part of national celebrations

19 Dec 2017

Shows and exhibitions to mark the 250th anniversary of the artform in 2018 are planned in Belfast, Blackpool, London, Bristol, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Norwich and Great Yarmouth, in an initiative led by Circus250.

Green light for £14m West Yorkshire Playhouse revamp

19 Dec 2017

A new studio space, upgraded technical equipment, a new entrance and improved access are included in redevelopment plans for the theatre. Productions will continue in a 350-seat temporary venue whilst the revamp, intended to finish in 2019, is ongoing.

Scottish artists and galleries commit to addressing inequality

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19 Dec 2017

A new manifesto by the Scottish Contemporary Arts Network, Scottish Artists Union and Engage Scotland has set out the visual arts sector’s key aspirations and commitments.

Royal Court reverses decision to cancel Rita, Sue and Bob Too

18 Dec 2017

Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said she had been “rocked to the core” by accusations of censorship after cancelling performances of a play that features the grooming of young women. The theatre attracted controversy last week when it said hosting the Out of Joint production would be “highly conflictual” following its efforts to combat harassment in the industry.

Retired rural audiences hungry for diverse work, report finds

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15 Dec 2017

A research project that toured an Indian play around Lincolnshire has uncovered challenges around staging and touring diverse arts in rural areas.

London to get ten ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’ in £5m scheme

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15 Dec 2017

Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.

Lottery shareholders profit while returns to good causes stagnate

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15 Dec 2017

The Public Accounts Committee intends to hold an inquiry into National Lottery operator Camelot after a Parliamentary investigation uncovered soaring shareholder profits.

Arts Council England to provide emergency support for literary fiction

15 Dec 2017

Fewer authors are able to earn a living as publishers hold down book prices and offer lower advances in response to falling demand.


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