Senior arts staff sidelining digital work, research finds

22 Feb 2019

Digital skills are spread thin in cultural organisations, with only one in six of those in the most senior strategic roles identifying web or digital activity as forming a part of their work.

No-deal Brexit threatens immediate end to European funding

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22 Feb 2019

A new statement from the Creative Europe Desk UK says previous promises of full access to the programme until December 2020 are “unlikely” to be possible if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal. 

Details emerge about London’s ‘first purpose-built immersive theatre complex’

22 Feb 2019

Producers behind the project say Space 18 will be spread over 42,000 square feet, comprising seven buildings and more than 200 rooms across 35 floors. It is anticipated that the multi-million-pound venue will have a nightclub, five bars and a maximum capacity of 15,000 audience members.

Talawa to move to Fairfield Halls

22 Feb 2019

The theatre company, currently based at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix, will have headquarters with a new 200-seat studio space at the revamped Croydon venue. Fairfield Halls is set to open in June 2019, following a year-long delay

Creative and cultural district planned for Somerset

22 Feb 2019

West Somerset Council has granted a loan to community group The Onion Collective to create an arts, cultural and social enterprise development at Watchet’s East Quay. The project, estimated to cost a total of £7m, will transform the location into a two-storey structure with a restaurant, art gallery, and self-catering holiday pods.

T levels ‘will fail without 25% increase in student funding’

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21 Feb 2019

The Association of Colleges warns that the skills gap will continue to widen and UK prosperity will be at further risk without an extra £1000 per student.

Arts organisations urged to become ‘evidence champions’

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21 Feb 2019

A new guide to evaluating arts and cultural learning explains the importance of sharing  evidence to help organisations improve their work.

Success for creative businesses is more than just creating jobs, study concludes

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21 Feb 2019

A three-year project delivered by five universities in the North East helped hundreds of creative businesses test new ways of working.

New home for Ilford Arts

20 Feb 2019

The organisation, known for its new opera productions, will move into a Grade I-listed house owned by Mr Bean Director Paul Weiland. Ilford Arts’ new season will see a temporary venue for 240 people installed in the grounds of the house for its performance of L’Elisir D’Amore.

Artist threatens to pull work from London gallery over sponsorship links

19 Feb 2019

US photographer Nan Goldin has said she will not go ahead with a retrospective of her work at the National Portrait Gallery if it accepts a £1m donation from the Sackler family, which has a direct connection to the opioid crisis sweeping the US

Ex-theatre in Salford to become flats

19 Feb 2019

The 2,500-seat Crown Theatre in Eccles, which hasn’t been used as a theatre since the early 1930s, will be turned into 80 flats after local councillors approved development plans earlier this month.

Royal Academy art school receives £10m from Tetra Pak heirs

18 Feb 2019

Hans and Julia Rausing made the donation to the Royal Academy of Arts postgraduate arts school to “ensure its success for the next 250 years”. The money will go towards a project that will create a campus with more space for artists to work in.

Biggest ever protest against oil sponsorship at British Museum

18 Feb 2019

Over 300 people demonstrated against BP’s sponsorship of the museum’s temporary exhibition on the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal, in a protest organised by activist group ‘BP or not BP?’. The event also sought to draw attention to the links between BP and the Iraq War.

Guernsey plans to restructure arts funding

15 Feb 2019

A working group has concluded that for the island to create “sufficient and sustainable” funding for the arts, it should centralise arts funding and reinvigorate the Guernsey Arts Commission.

Festival funding decision-making criticised in Northern Ireland

15 Feb 2019

Councillor Nuala McAllister said a decision to provide £40k each to four festivals in heavily unionist areas of Belfast was part of a “carve up” by unionist and nationalist councillors. She said the move undermined both the process of allocating funding and confidence in the arts sector.

Arts cuts on the cards in South Wales

15 Feb 2019

The local authority in Neath Port Talbot has given the green light to a new budget with an increase in council tax and savings of £5.8m, which will include cuts to leisure centres and the arts.

ICO calls for greater transparency for arm’s length arts services

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15 Feb 2019

A proposed extension to the Freedom of Information Act would see leisure trusts, which increasingly run arts services, returned to “direct public scrutiny”.

Slow progress on diversity at England’s largest arts organisations

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15 Feb 2019

The proportion of ‘unknown’ data on ethnicity at large organisations has rocketed up, raising serious questions about the quality of data.

Young people under-represented in the arts, research finds

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15 Feb 2019

Detailed information on the demographics of the creative workforce has been released for the first time in seven years.

Calls to support rural culture in Scottish Government consultation

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15 Feb 2019

Ministers have been warned that plans for a new Governmental culture champion have been met with ‘mixed’ reaction from the sector.


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