Minister: Protest of BAE Systems sponsorship a “disgrace”

12 Mar 2018

Campaigners who forced the arms firm BAE Systems to withdraw as a sponsor of The Great Exhibition of the North have been described as “subsidy-addicted artists” and “snowflakes” by Jake Berry MP, the minister responsible for the northern powerhouse.

Soho Theatre moves a step closer to second site

12 Mar 2018

Long-held plans for Soho Theatre to take-over a former cinema in north east London have moved a step closer, after Waltham Forest Council bought the £2.6m building. Renovation of the site as a 1,000-seat comedy venue is expected to take three years.

Performing arts unions join forces against harassment

12 Mar 2018

The Musicians’ Union, BECTU and Equity are demanding a ‘respect at work’ clause be added into all staff and freelance contracts.

Royal Academy of Music opens new facilities

12 Mar 2018

The Susie Sainsbury Theatre has been expanded to 309 seats, and a new 100-seat rooftop Recital Hall has been unveiled, as well as new and refurbished practice and dressing rooms, percussion studios, a jazz room and new audio-visual recording facilities.

Arts critic and editor dies age 43

12 Mar 2018

Deputy Arts Editor of The i newspaper, Bernadette McNulty, drowned while swimming in the sea last week. She previously wrote about music and culture for The Daily Telegraph.

Scottish Youth Theatre to close after losing funding

09 Mar 2018

After an unsuccessful application to Creative Scotland for regular funding for 2018-21, Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) has announced it will close in July after 40 years of operation.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to explore all options for saving the organisation, although stressed that the Government could not tell Creative Scotland which organisations to fund. Creative Scotland also turned down SYT’s bid for funding in 2015, but the organisation was propped up by a £400k grant from the Scottish Government in a controversial move that the funder said undermined its arms-length status.

Creative Scotland said it had been in discussions with the SYT about alternative support and was “disappointed” by the closure.

Cultural sector fundraising network to expand nationwide

09 Mar 2018

Arts Council England has granted £432k to the Institute of Fundraising to support the expansion of its London-based Cultural Sector Network across England. Over the next four years, the network will run events, provide mentoring opportunities, raise the profile of fundraising and develop best practice.

New Chief Executive for English National Opera

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09 Mar 2018

Television Executive Stuart Murphy will lead ENO from April as it re-enters Arts Council England’s national portfolio for the next four years.

‘World’s largest portfolio of online arts training’ set for release

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09 Mar 2018

The free courses will be available on two learning platforms and will offer content on themes including ethical fundraising, change management and organisational resilience.

Arts Council to launch new £1m digital skills network

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09 Mar 2018

The DCMS has published an ‘action plan’ to help cultural organisations make the best use of new technology.

New moves to halt decline of arts in primary schools

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09 Mar 2018

Arts education professionals and politicians met this week as a first step to tackling the structural problems causing the arts to be neglected in many schools. 

Boost for London culture in Mayor’s £24m regeneration drive

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09 Mar 2018

East London Dance and Urban Development will use the funding to create the UK’s first National Talent House for Urban Culture.

Arts leaders more engaged in environmental action

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09 Mar 2018

New research by Julie’s Bicycle finds arts organisations are saving money and boosting their reputations by adopting environmentally sustainable practices.

Arms dealer ends arts festival sponsorship following backlash

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09 Mar 2018

After a week of artist boycotts, public protest and ticket sale freezes, BAE Systems has announced it will redirect its support for the Great Exhibition of the North to other “better suited” initiatives.

Tate artist in residence quits over gallery’s position on women

08 Mar 2018

Liv Wynter said her decision was intended to highlight the “erasure” of women from Tate, and was in response to criticised comments about sexual harassment made by Tate Director Maria Balshaw in a recent interview with The Times.

Trinity Laban bids to increase profile of female composers

08 Mar 2018

The conservatoire has announced that it will abolish all-male composer concerts and that music made by women will make up at least half of its concert programme in 2018/19. It will also create a database of works by female composers.

Ticket resale websites under fire from Advertising watchdog

08 Mar 2018

StubHub UK, Viagogo, Seatwave and GetMeIn have been ordered to correct misleading pricing information on their websites by the Advertising Standards Authority.

North East arts organisations keen to maintain ties with Europe

08 Mar 2018

New research by the North East Culture Partnership finds arts and heritage organisations in the region consider collaboration with European Union partners easier and more preferable to partnerships with organisations further afield.

Further arts cuts expected in Scotland

08 Mar 2018

Twenty-nine Scottish local authorities will raise council tax by 3%, but warnings have been issued that services including arts funding and charity grants are the most likely to be impacted by cuts.

Theatre Royal Stratford East overhauled by new Director

07 Mar 2018

Since Nadia Fall became Artistic Director and Arts Council England’s (ACE) Neil Darlison was seconded as joint Chief Executive, five members of staff have been made redundant or left Theatre Royal Stratford East. The London theatre’s Musical Theatre Workshop has been shut down, and critics have complained further changes – such as the closure of the venue’s popular Caribbean Kitchen – will alienate the local community. It is understood the theatre has received “intervention support” from ACE to secure its finances.


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