Scotland surprises by boosting arts budget to offset lottery decline

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15 Dec 2017

Creative Scotland’s budget will be increased by £6.6m each year for the next three years.

Collaboration is key to cultural commissioning, report finds

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15 Dec 2017

Leaders in local authorities and health services have started to recognise the value of arts organisations to their agendas following a series of multi-partner collaborations. 

London car park reborn as cultural working space

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15 Dec 2017

Seven levels of Peckham’s multi-storey municipal car park have been converted into a mixture of new artist studios, co-working spaces and restaurants.

Towner Art Gallery threatened with council funding cuts

14 Dec 2017

Eastbourne Borough Council plans to reduce its annual investment in the gallery from £614k to £400k, with further reductions to come. The gallery said the cut would put its learning programme at risk.

London theatre to accept donations in Bitcoin

14 Dec 2017

Southwark Playhouse has begun accepting donations in the digital currency, and hopes to roll out the move to its box office and bar. It is thought to be the first venue in the capital to accept Bitcoin payments.

Theatre bodies plan health and wellbeing helpline

13 Dec 2017

UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre, which hope the helpline will address issues affecting work performance, have also created new guidelines on the nature of in-work bullying and harassment.

UK adopts law protecting cultural property during wars

13 Dec 2017

The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, which provides a framework for protecting sites and objects of cultural significance in combat zones, has become official UK law.

Royal Court cancels Out of Joint performances following sexual harassment revelations

13 Dec 2017

The theatre said hosting ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’ – a show which includes themes of “grooming and abuses of power on young women” – would be “highly conflictual” given its recent efforts to combat sexual harassment in the industry. The show is produced by Out of Joint, the theatre company formerly run by Max Stafford-Clark, who left the organisation following alleged inappropriate and sexualised behaviour.

Help Musicians UK mental health service goes live

12 Dec 2017

Music Minds Matter, the 24-hour helpline offering emotional support, counselling and clinical pathways to people working in music, has gone live. This follows research by Help Musicians UK that found.

Research centre to make the case for the creative industries

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12 Dec 2017

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre will be tasked with delivering robust evidence around shared issues and concerns facing policy makers, businesses and other organisations in the sector.

London Mayor includes Culture and Creative Industries among Brexit Impact Studies

11 Dec 2017

Sadiq Khan has commissioned reports on the potential impact of Brexit on London for nine key sectors, including culture and the creative industries. The reports will model five scenarios, ranging from remaining in the EU through to a hard Brexit with no transition period.

New guides to help diversify workforce and leadership

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11 Dec 2017

An Arts Council England toolkit offers advice on widening recruitment processes and improving data collection, and includes research findings about barriers to entry in the cultural sector.

Activists protest BP sponsorship of British Museum with permafrost performance

11 Dec 2017

Campaign group BP or Not BP installed a giant crack on the floor of the British Museum and sang Christmas carols with altered lyrics to highlight the role of the oil company in melting permafrost around the globe.

Scotland’s arts budget might not be cut, Scottish Government suggests

08 Dec 2017

Speaking to The Times, Derek Mackay, Scotland’s Finance Minister, said the country had “put our money where our mouth is” with regard to culture, and those assuming there will be a cut “should maybe wait and see the budget”.

Scottish National Gallery revamp heading over budget

08 Dec 2017

The Edinburgh-based gallery has admitted it does not know how much the project will cost and may have to ask the Scottish Government for more financial support beyond the budgeted £16.8m.

Coventry crowned UK City of Culture 2021

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08 Dec 2017

The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull.

London theatre company introduces ‘scrunch test’ on snacks

07 Dec 2017

Nimax Theatres, which runs the West End’s Garrick Theatre, will be sound-testing the foods audiences can take into auditoriums, and the snacks it sells, to remove distractions during performances.

Local council backs plans for 1,200-seat theatre in Tunbridge Wells

07 Dec 2017

The controversial £72m project – which would see a new car park, theatre and civic centre built on current park land – has been given the go-ahead by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Bristol ploughs ahead with arts cuts

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06 Dec 2017

Bristol Old Vic has lost 65% of its council funding but 13 arts organisations will receive core funding for the first time.

Attendance down at London galleries despite record tourism

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06 Dec 2017

The threat of terrorism is thought to have contributed to falling visitor numbers at some of London’s leading museums and galleries, although the V&A bucked the trend with record figures.


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