Theatre membership bodies clash over pay

23 Apr 2019

BECTU has accused UK theatre of a ‘callous disregard’ for arts workers, as they struggle to reach a joint pay agreement for staff working outside London.


Arts overtakes agriculture in contribution to UK economy

18 Apr 2019

The arts and culture sector added £10.8bn to the economy in 2016  an increase of £390m on the year before, and a larger contribution than agriculture, a new report from Arts Council England claims.

Major museums to compare visitor experiences with other leisure attractions

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18 Apr 2019

New research will compare data on areas such as cross-visitation and dwell-time at some of England’s largest cultural institutions, including Tate and the British Museum.

Arts degrees struggle to diversify their student intake

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18 Apr 2019

Creative arts and design degree courses are among the least likely to attract BAME students. 

Use culture to re-invent struggling seaside towns, urge peers

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18 Apr 2019

A Lords Committee heard that Thanet has seen 84% growth in creative businesses between 2013 and 2016, following a long-term programme to support arts and culture.

UK local authority culture spend ‘smallest in Europe’

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18 Apr 2019

New analysis of European data finds growth in culture spending across Europe is driven by the countries in the East of the continent, which doubled their culture spend.

Royal Opera House loses appeal against musician’s hearing loss

18 Apr 2019

The Court of Appeal has rejected the Royal Opera House’s appeal against a landmark case that found they failed to take reasonable care of musician Christopher Goldscheider’s hearing. They also ruled that ‘acoustic shock’ is a recognised condition which can be compensated by courts.

Arts and community groups to share resources in city-wide engagement scheme

18 Apr 2019

Opera North is leading a consortium of arts and community teams in Leeds to build 'Arts Together', the city’s first skills sharing project to boost arts engagement. 

Threefold rent hike threatens photography centre with closure

18 Apr 2019

Edinburgh Council has proposed a rent rise from £16k to £47k for Stills photography centre. Stills is Edinburgh’s only public venue dedicated to photography, and has attracted over 3,000 signatures of support to challenge the council’s plans.

Record-breaking repatriation of cultural objects in Germany

18 Apr 2019

Germany has returned indigenous artefacts to their aboriginal heirs in the country’s largest repatriation of ancestral remains to date. The move comes amidst growing protest and debate about the role and rights of museums to hold objects of cultural significance acquired from other nations. 

100 arts managers share £10m

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18 Apr 2019

At London’s Royal Opera House, 14 senior managers and a further 12 performers were paid over £100k in 2016/17, amounting to 17% of its annual Arts Council funding.

Opera houses accused of ignoring older people in pursuit of younger audiences

16 Apr 2019

Responding to a public letter from a long-time opera lover who said he was being priced out of attending the opera, Dame Esther Rantzen, TV presenter and journalist, said it was “extraordinary” that the media focuses on 16-24 year olds yet “completely disregards” the over 65s.

Blaze engulfs Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral

16 Apr 2019

Flames broke out at around 6.30pm on Monday evening, causing the cathedral spire to fall and destroying an estimated two-thirds of the roof. It is believed ongoing renovation work may have caused the fire.

Expose young people to more diverse composers, urges Royal Albert Hall Artistic Director

15 Apr 2019

Lucy Noble, the venue’s artistic and commercial director, says young people should have the chance to learn about female and ethnic minority composers as well as the “white male titans” of the classical music canon. A survey by the Royal Albert Hall found that while around two thirds of people were aware of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, female composers had less than half this level of recognition.

Future unclear for Perth Concert Hall operator

12 Apr 2019

Perth and Kinross Council has underlined its concerns about the sustainability of Horsecross as operator of Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, saying improvements in governance, business systems and organisational culture are “urgently needed”.

Funding cuts threaten five Northern Irish arts organisations

12 Apr 2019

Theatre companies Terra Nova and Bruiser are among the five arts organisations dropped from Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s annual portfolio for 2019/20. More than half of the entire portfolio will see cuts averaging 5%.

Arts Council England urged to replace Grantium

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12 Apr 2019

In a consultation on its new 10-year strategy, the funder also heard from ‘many’ that funding should be reduced for the largest organisations, and that it is seen as using too much jargon.

Creative education scheme engages two-thirds of Welsh schools

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12 Apr 2019

A new report reveals the impact of Wales’ arts-based creative learning programme as it enters its final year of funding.

NPO downsizes as cuts start to bite

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12 Apr 2019

The loss of local authority funding will lead to a reduction in the number of plays produced by The Dukes theatre each year, and a merging of two senior roles.

4 in 10 arts workers who leave sector cite caring responsibilities

12 Apr 2019

Researchers say parents and carers are being “pushed out” of arts careers due to low wages and a lack of job security.


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