Funding crisis to close Yorkshire Waterways museum

09 May 2019

The museum, which exhibits local artwork and historic artefacts related to waterways and boating, has implemented "various cost-cutting measures", but the charity's trustees have now called in the receivers as they "do not want the position to get any worse.”

Centre for arts and creative industries opens in Hartlepool's Innovation and Skills Quarter

09 May 2019

The Borough Council and the Northern School of Art are joining forces to run a programme of creative-themed events and seminars at the Centre, which aims to support "innovators and entrepreneurs who will create the jobs of tomorrow" and encourage students from Hartlepool’s colleges to stay in the town when they graduate.

Catering operation at risk amid cost cutting moves at Beacon Arts Centre

09 May 2019

The loss-making bistro at the Greenock venue may be shut down as management seeks to overcome a cash crisis that has threatened the future of the whole organisation.

Bristol police station 'reimagined' as arts and community hub

09 May 2019

A new charity set up by local arts figures is raising money to buy and transform the Trinity Road police station into a new type of a community venue that will support social enterprises and provide spaces for artists to work.

Wigan unveils ‘inclusive’ cultural manifesto

08 May 2019

The town’s five-year plan for culture, The Fire Within, follows consultation with experts and local cultural organisations. Wigan Council's Chief Executive Alison McKenzie-Folan said the document had been written “for the people, by the people”. The authority has previously announced its intention to bid for up to £2m from Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme.

Hytner and Starr to open second London theatre

08 May 2019

Following the opening of the Bridge Theatre in 2017, the pair, who previously worked together leading the National Theatre, are planning a new 600-seat venue in King’s Cross. The theatre, designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects and Tait, is expected to open in 2021.

Cambridge Junction set for £30m regeneration

08 May 2019

The site-wide masterplans include a £19m upgrade and expansion of the venue's existing performance spaces and an integrated creative hub, featuring commercial enterprises and offices that will help secure its long-term financial resilience.

ACNI Chief Executive paid £12k in age discrimination case

07 May 2019

Without admitting liability, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has settled a case brought by Chief Executive Roisin McDonough, who alleged she had experienced age discrimination and victimisation. McDonough claimed that, when she asked to reduce her working hours from five to four days a week, no decision was taken and she was instead asked about her retirement plans.

Belfast commemorates Lyra McKee with street art

07 May 2019

A mural featuring the journalist, who was shot dead last month, is among the displays included in the city’s Hit the North Street Art Festival this year. A spray-painted image of McKee, by artist Emma Blake, appears alongside the content of a letter she wrote to her 14-year-old self.

Bethesda arts venue plans major expansion

07 May 2019

Gwynedd arts venue Neuadd Ogwen, which stages concerts, plays and films and hosts a popular craft market, is aiming to expand into new buildings and acquire space to extend the front of house area and open an arts and crafts shop and a tourist information point.

Saatchi Gallery compromises on 'blasphemous' artwork following visitor complaints

06 May 2019

At the request of the artist, the gallery will place sheets over the artwork, which depicts one of the five pillars of Islam in Arabic script, juxtaposed with images of nude women in the style of the US flag. Calls from some visitors for the paintings to be removed were rejected.

ACE denies statistics are misleading as regulator demands more clarity

People watching a film outside next to a canal
03 May 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has endorsed AP’s challenge to Arts Council England over the reporting of audience numbers in its latest annual review.

Arts leaders back mentoring scheme for graduate women

Photo of Jude Kelly
03 May 2019

High profile arts leaders have signed up to the new ‘University Women in the Arts’ scheme, which will offer one-to-one support to women seeking a career in the sector after graduating with an arts degree. 

First permanent home for Reading Rep

03 May 2019

A new building, set to open in 2020, will convert an old Salvation Army building into a venue with new front-of-house facilities, a permanent education centre and a 158-seat theatre.

Busker crackdown in London borough following complaints

03 May 2019

Street performers will be limited to 45-minute performances with a “full and varied repertoire” and will be unable to perform in the same location twice in one day, under new rules drawn up by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This follows a five-fold increase in complaints about buskers since 2014.

Arts Council calls in Plain English Campaign

A light bulb in front a a blackboard with thought bubble drawings
03 May 2019

The campaigning group which challenges “gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information” has been brought in to help stamp out meaningless and inaccessible language. 

Creative Scotland head highlights lack of funding

03 May 2019

Acting Chief Executive Iain Munro told a Scottish Parliament inquiry into the future of arts funding in the country that it would take more than double current levels of Government funding to take advantage of Scotland’s creative industry potential.

Stagecoach dropped as Turner Prize sponsor

03 May 2019

The proposed partnership with the bus company, for an exhibition of the four shortlisted artists, has been dropped a day after it was announced. This follows revelations that Stagecoach’s co-founder and chairman, Sir Brian Souter, backed a failed campaign to ban teachers discussing gay rights in Scottish schools 19 years ago.

Foul play suspected in auction of Hertfordshire council art collection

03 May 2019

Concerns have been raised that an online bidder may have been deliberately pushing up prices among the 82 prints, drawings and paintings the council controversially put up for auction last week. A ‘hold’ has been put on the sale of all items bid on by the individual, and they may be put up for auction again.

Study suggests new operating model for Shetland theatre

03 May 2019

Shetland Arts, which runs the 280-seat Garrison Theatre, is looking for volunteers to explore the potential of an independently-run venue, to shore up its finances following reductions in public funding.


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