Backlash after Polish gallery takes down suggestive banana art

03 May 2019

Despite having been on display for several years, a 1973 video showing a woman eating a banana was removed after the head of the National Museum in Warsaw was summoned to the Ministry of Culture. In response, dozens of people in Poland posted pictures of themselves eating bananas in protest and planned a mass banana-eating outside the museum.

Wales embraces arts in new national curriculum

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03 May 2019

Details of Welsh Government proposals for embedding the arts in the new curriculum have been put out to consultation prior to being adopted for all primary students in 2022, and rolled out for all students aged 3-16 by 2026.

Progress on closing gender pay gap

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03 May 2019

Eight of England's largest arts employers reduced their gender pay gaps last year, with Arts Council England ending the year with a small gap in favour of women.

Roll-out for scheme to bring theatre to Scottish primary schools

02 May 2019

Following a successful three-year pilot, Imaginate’s Theatre in Schools Scotland scheme, produced in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland and associate theatre companies, will be expanded to offer subsidised performances and teacher resources to every primary school in the country.

Arts graduates among those ‘under-using’ their education

30 Apr 2019

New research by the Office for National Statistics finds 31% of graduates are overeducated for the job they’re doing, a rise of nine percentage points since 1992. Graduates in arts and humanities were “more likely” to be under-using their education.

Brighton Dome to become 5G-enabled

30 Apr 2019

The venue says the technology, the result of a collaboration with Digital Catapult, will drive technological innovation in the local creative sector.

Historic tax case could have repercussions for ‘hundreds’ of actors, Equity claims

26 Apr 2019

The theatre union warned that performer Robert Glenister losing a long-running dispute with HMRC over backdated national insurance contributions could put at least 60 other performers at the risk of losing their homes and affect hundreds more. 

Funder tells artists to charge higher fees

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26 Apr 2019

The first round of the new Jerwood Bursaries sees artists invited to resubmit their funding bids to include more pay for themselves.  

Capital project expertise ‘not exploited’ across the arts

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26 Apr 2019

A new report urges Arts Council England to raise the profile of the successful capital projects it funds and take better advantage of the knowledge gained during the developments.

Arts Council ‘rigid and homogenous’ say job applicants

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26 Apr 2019

A damning independent report found that personal connections, professional networks and unpaid work were particularly influential in securing work at Arts Council England, as well as in the wider sector.

National Portrait Gallery eyes elite status with major redevelopment

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26 Apr 2019

The gallery plans to raise its public profile and combat falling visitor numbers by changing the way its collection is displayed and opening a new Learning Centre for visitors of all ages. 

Green light for £45m Edinburgh concert hall

26 Apr 2019

Local councillors voted to grant planning permission to the controversial Impact Centre, which will come with a 1000-seat auditorium, conference spaces and a 200-seat studio. The building, which some politicians say is “too big for the site”, will be supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland and will be renamed the Dunard Centre when it opens.

University arts centre to emulate Lincoln Centre

26 Apr 2019

Councillors have approved plans for ‘Creative Centre’, a new arts hub at York St John University. It will be modelled on New York’s Lincoln Centre and will include a 210-seat auditorium.

Paul McCartney slams government for loss of LIPA funding

26 Apr 2019

The musician, who co-founded Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), says a “flawed” Office for Students (OfS) (previously known as HEFCE) process in 2016 cost the institution significantly in lost funding, with estimates placing the figure at over £16m. OfS says it is cooperating with the Ombudsman on a live investigation into previous decisions by HEFCE.

Tate Modern next target of Extinction Rebellion climate protests

26 Apr 2019

The protest group has set out plans to stage a ‘die-in’ at the gallery to draw attention to the global decline in the bee population, saying it chose Tate Modern because the Tate fortune was built on colonial exploitation of land in West Indies and South America. The gallery says it both supports Extinction Rebellion’s attempts to highlight the collapse in the bee population and peaceful protests in Tate Modern, which it describes as a public space.

38% of West End performers are BAME, study finds

26 Apr 2019

Over a third of performers in West End musicals are BAME, but BAME men and women are twice as likely to be given an ensemble role than a named role, according to new research by The Stage. The opposite is true for white men, for whom there are more performers in named roles than ensemble members.

Edinburgh Printmakers moves to former rubber factory

26 Apr 2019

A multi-million-pound renovation has transformed the North British Rubber Factory building in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, into an art hub with an archive, artist accommodation, galleries, a shop and café.

No school ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ without arts, says ACE

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26 Apr 2019

Arts Council England has told Ofsted that schools without a strong arts offer should be classified as ‘requiring improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. 

Worthing Theatres and Museum to leave local council control

23 Apr 2019

Worthing Borough Council has agreed to hand control of the four venues under the Worthing Theatres and Museum banner to an independent operator, to be staffed by the council’s current culture team.

Decline in culture spend at Scottish local authorities ongoing, data reveals

23 Apr 2019

Scotland’s spending on culture has fallen by almost 3% in 3 years since 2016, according to figures released by the Scottish National Party.

Commenting on the figures, Conservative MSP Bill Bowman highlighted the drop in spending, which includes a £1.3m decrease in Dundee alone, amounting to a 6.7% cut.


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