UK leads soft power index

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20 Jul 2018

The country’s culture was ranked second globally, remaining behind the US and ahead of France and Germany.

Purpose-built theatre set for Natural History Museum

20 Jul 2018

The European premiere of The Wider Earth will be staged in a 357-seat venue in the museum’s Jerwood Gallery, with raked seating and a seven-metre revolve.

Trump Baby wanted by British Museum

20 Jul 2018

The museum is in talks with the activists behind the blimp, used to protest US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the UK, about borrowing it for an upcoming exhibition on dissent.

“Desperate need” for business skills laid bare

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20 Jul 2018

Creative and cultural organisations are struggling to recruit employees with fundraising and business support skills, a new report reveals.

New direction for Creative Industries Federation

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20 Jul 2018

The former CIF policy priority of campaigning against a compulsory EBacc in schools has been shelved in favour of an “early emphasis on creative careers”. 

Rates reductions for museums

19 Jul 2018

The New Art Gallery Walsall, Segedunum Roman Fort near Newcastle and Wythall Transport Museum are among the institutions that have secured a favourable re-evaluation of their business rates in the wake of York Museums Trust’s successful appeal in 2017.

Labour calls for culture to have seat on Brexit subcommittee

19 Jul 2018

Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson has urged Theresa May to put the new Culture Secretary on her cabinet’s Brexit subcommittee to ensure the sector continues to be heard at the highest levels of policymaking.

New home for Greenwich Dance

18 Jul 2018

The dance development agency will move into a country house in Charlton, owned by the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, after declaring its previous home of 25 years not “fit for purpose”.

New York scheme links library access with free gallery tickets

17 Jul 2018

Anyone with a New York City library card can now visit 32 cultural institutions once a year for free, including the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

New study exposes lack of diversity in children’s book characters

17 Jul 2018

Just 1% of children’s books in Britain star a Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME) character, and only 4% feature BAME characters at all, according to research by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.

Affordable housing for artists gets go-ahead

17 Jul 2018

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham has approved plans for an affordable housing scheme aimed specifically at artists, and supported by Grayson Perry.

Disabled drama students under-represented

17 Jul 2018

Just 1% of graduates from major UK drama schools declared a physical impairment last year, according to research by The Stage.

Science Museum urged to end oil partnerships

17 Jul 2018

Almost fifty scientists and environmentalists have signed a formal complaint arguing that the museum is undermining its scientific integrity by working with BP, Shell and Equinor.

Art educators take National Gallery to tribunal

17 Jul 2018

27 artists and art lecturers are taking their cases against the National Gallery to an employment tribunal, claiming they have been unfairly dismissed and asking to be recognised as employees rather than freelancers.

Audience development agency to close after Creative Scotland cuts

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13 Jul 2018

15 employees will be affected by the closure of Culture Republic, following the loss of its annual funding from Creative Scotland.

Government publishes post-Brexit wish-list for creative sector

13 Jul 2018

A new White Paper, published this week, emphasises the importance of the continued mobility “of talented individuals” and proposes ongoing participation in EU programmes such as Creative Europe.

New guidelines to tackle discrimination in music sector

13 Jul 2018

The Musicians’ Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have called for all organisations to support their newly-produced set of principles and tackle sexism and harassment across the sector.

City of Culture must be more than an arts festival, MPs told

An art installation depicting poppies at Hull Maritime Museum
13 Jul 2018

In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.

Jo Royce to join Candoco as Executive Director

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13 Jul 2018

The current Executive Director of the Gate Theatre praised the ambition and perseverance of the company she will join in October.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

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