New 3,000-capacity venue for London

21 Mar 2018

The Printworks venue in Canada Water will open a new event space this week, and has announced plans to expand its programming across the cultural spectrum.

Scottish Government steps in to save Scottish Youth Theatre

21 Mar 2018

Scottish Youth Theatre, which was dropped from Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding portfolio in 2015 and warned it would close after failing to re-join in 2018, has been offered £150k of Government money to match cash pledges from the private sector. A similar Government intervention in 2015 prompted the funder to claim its status as an arms-length body had been undermined.

“A great shame”: British Council forced to suspend work in Russia

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21 Mar 2018

The future is unclear for a professional development programme connecting artists in the two countries, following the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

London art teacher crowned world’s best teacher

20 Mar 2018

Andria Zafirakou has become the first UK winner of the Global Teacher Prize, winning £720k from the Varkey Foundation for her work at a Brent secondary school. Accepting the award, the art and textiles teacher said: “Too often we neglect this power of the arts to actually transform lives particularly in the poorest communities.”

Labour to hold one-day arts festival

20 Mar 2018

‘Labour Live’ will take place at the Tottenham Hotspur football ground this summer and feature a mixture of live music and political speeches.

British Museum remains most-visited UK attraction

20 Mar 2018

Visits to UK attractions increased by 7.3% last year, with growth at 13.9% in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. The British Museum remained the most visited attraction despite visits dropping for the second year running, from 6.8 million in 2015 to 5.9 million in 2017.

Conductor James Levine sues Metropolitan Opera after dismissal

20 Mar 2018

Levine is seeking $5.8m (£4.2m) in damages following his dismissal as Music Director emeritus last week. An internal inquiry corroborated allegations of historical sexual misconduct against the conductor, but he denies any wrongdoing and has accused the Met of attempting to “erase his legacy”.

Creative industry exports worth £46bn last year

16 Mar 2018

New research by the Creative Industries Federation reveals the combined value of goods and services produced by British art, music, digital technology and advertising is greater than previously thought.

First steps for National Alliance for Culture, Health and Wellbeing

16 Mar 2018

The new national membership organisation, which next month becomes one of Arts Council England’s sector support organisations, held its official launch this week. It will advocate for culture as a tool to improve community wellbeing.

Government and Saudi Arabia encourage cultural collaboration

16 Mar 2018

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Saudi Arabian counterpart to open up export opportunities for the sector. Announcing the agreement, Hancock praised the arts and sport for giving people “the freedom to express themselves”.

National Theatre to engage 700 schools in new initiative

16 Mar 2018

The Let’s Play programme will give primary school teachers training and guidance on directing a series of specially commissioned plays, and create opportunities for students to be involved in every stage of creating a theatre production.

Arts organisations urged to create ‘culture of digital experimentation’

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16 Mar 2018

New analysis by Nesta assesses the context in which UK arts and culture organisations operate as Arts Council England consults on its next ten-year strategy.

Government ‘stonewalls’ creative industries amendment to Brexit bill

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16 Mar 2018

Peers warned a reciprocal agreement with the EU for the creative industries is necessary to avoid returning to the “dark days of zero growth, little confidence and minimal opportunity”.

95% of Hull residents attended a City of Culture activity

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16 Mar 2018

Over 60% of ticket buying audiences were first-time bookers, and the city’s venues experienced a 30% increase in ticket sales.

Arts organisations reveal their gender pay gaps

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16 Mar 2018

The first organisations to meet the government’s new reporting requirements include Arts Council England, the National Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

New Arts Council England fund for individual creatives

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14 Mar 2018

Artists, producers and curators must have at least three years’ experience to apply to the new fund, but will not have to secure match funding or deliver public engagement outcomes.

Just 30% of students think arts degrees are good value for money

14 Mar 2018

New research by the Office for Students finds students in England are least satisfied with creative arts and design degrees, language degrees and historical and philosophical studies.

Major public art project to link Durham and Sunderland

14 Mar 2018

Arts Council England has granted Sunderland Culture £745k to create five glass artworks at key points along the River Wear between the National Glass Centre and Durham Cathedral. Artists will be commissioned this year, and the project will be completed in 2021.

Conductor James Levine fired from Metropolitan Opera following abuse claims

13 Mar 2018

The opera sacked Levine following an internal inquiry which found “credible evidence” to support allegations of historical sexual abuse of young male musicians.

Sussex voters block multi-million-pound arts venue

13 Mar 2018

Burgess Hill residents voted against plans to raise council tax to fund a £6.9m arts centre, which was due to replace the town’s current venue, Martlets Hall.

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