New scheme shines spotlight on NPOs’ carbon footprint

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21 Jun 2019

A three-year programme for high-profile, higher-polluting arts organisations aims to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 20%.

Welsh trust wants to reopen venue

20 Jun 2019

Awen Cultural Trust is in talks to reopen the Muni arts centre, which has closed twice in the past four years. Rhondda Cynon Taff Council says there is “significant public support” for the Muni to have a viable future.

Courtyard Theatre criticised as ‘unsafe’

20 Jun 2019

Theatre makers have accused the London venue of verbally aggressive behaviour, “filthy” conditions and failing to pay companies that perform there. Courtyard Theatre has not responded to claims about its alleged shortcomings, which one company described as “a total odyssey of unprofessionalism”.

Conductor resigns amid misconduct allegations

20 Jun 2019

The English National Opera (ENO) said it was “horrified” to learn about allegations of sexual harassment against former guest conductor Stephen Lord. The American was employed by ENO on a freelance basis when some of the alleged misconduct occurred. Lord resigned from positions at the Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Theatre of St Louis on Wednesday.

£4m Dorset art gallery gets green light

19 Jun 2019

Opponents to the Sherborne Arts Trust’s Paddock Project withdrew their objections after plans for the building were changed to address concerns about traffic and parking. The project will include three gallery spaces, a café and Sherborne’s tourist information centre.

Pay rise for theatre writers

19 Jun 2019

The minimum rate for a full-length play at the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company has risen by 2% to nearly £13,000 under a new collective agreement. Writers’ Guild of Great Britain General Secretary Ellie Peers said it was “only right that writers receive credit and proper remuneration” for their work.

Aberdeen Art Gallery to reopen

19 Jun 2019

The gallery, which has been closed since 2015 and was originally due to reopen late in 2017, will reopen to the public in November. A £34.6m redevelopment of its Schoolhill building has been “a tremendous civic project”, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokeswoman Marie Boulton said.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

£500k redevelopment for Orchard Theatre

18 Jun 2019

The Dartford institution will have more seating, new sound and lighting devices and better access for disabled visitors following a six-week refurbishment this summer. Director Lorna Strawson said the improvements, which are being funded by Dartford Council, will create an environment that is “excellent in every way”.

Town Council funds £3,000 opera

18 Jun 2019

Exmouth Town Council has agreed to sponsor a Royal Opera House performance in nearby East Devon this summer. Supportive councillors said it would provide a welcome opportunity for local families to view the arts, although the motion was opposed by Deputy Mayor Brian Bailey, who said the town already has a “free and very successful” festival.

Billionaire to buy Sotheby’s

17 Jun 2019

French telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi has struck a deal to acquire the auction house for US$3.7bn (£2.95bn). The sale price, 61% higher than Sotheby’s closing share price, is a sign the art market has bounced back from a broad downturn in financial markets, commentators say.

School for young musicians rejected

17 Jun 2019

Government officials are encouraging the Hallé Orchestra to resubmit plans for a school in Stoke-on-Trent next year. The orchestra hopes to provide mentoring for 11 to 16-year-olds, opportunities to perform in its choir and youth orchestra, and a musician in residence scheme.

Edinburgh Festival taking fewer risks

17 Jun 2019

An increasing reliance on sponsors and ticket sales has “put pressure on the [festival] team to support established artists and ‘safe’ work”, evidence submitted by the festival to a Scottish parliamentary review of arts funding in the country has found. The organisers say the cost of pursuing donors and grant funding means money is being diverted from the festival programme.

Leeds University to run £2.5m Centre for Cultural Value

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14 Jun 2019

The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Dispute over planned entertainment venue

14 Jun 2019

Manchester Arena claims it could lose business if the city council approves a second 20,000-seat venue. John Sharkey, Executive Vice President of European Operations at SMG, which runs the venue, said the city would have to double the number of events it hosts each year to sustain both.

National Theatre boosts female representation

14 Jun 2019

Artistic Director Rufus Norris admitted he had taken his “eye off the ball” in April when hundreds of writers complained about the company’s lack of diversity. Eight of 15 plays in its newly-announced season are by female writers.

Camelot takes £39m from good causes to boost marketing budget

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13 Jun 2019

Less Lottery money was available for the arts in 2018/19, despite sales increasing by £255m.

Experimental instrument lab re-launched

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13 Jun 2019

A new partnership hopes to bring disabled and non-disabled musicians together to create accessible instruments and remove barriers to participation.

Ipswich theatre company wants bigger home

13 Jun 2019

The Eastern Angles Theatre Company has launched a campaign to fundraise £50,000 for a new site adjacent to Ipswich Waterfront. A company spokesman said it plans to apply to Arts Council England for a grant to cover the remaining £150,000 cost.

£150k redevelopment for south London theatre

13 Jun 2019

Work will begin in August on a new café and rehearsal space at Omnibus Theatre. Artistic Director Marie McCarthy said the new spaces would “enrich the experience for both audiences and theatre makers who use our facilities on a daily basis” and attract new patrons.

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