Battersea Arts Centre prepares to re-open grand hall

12 Jul 2018

The centrepiece of the building, devastated in a fire in 2015, will officially re-open to the public tomorrow. Its re-emergence is accompanied by a photo letter directed at the visiting US President, Donald Trump, reminding him that “difference is beautiful” and urging him to “build bridges, not walls”.

Problems with Southampton’s Studio 144 complex “soul-destroying”, says Director

12 Jul 2018

Sam Hodges, Director of NST City, said the building was “not fit for purpose” and that it has been very difficult to run the theatre since it opened in February, 18 years after the project started and £16m over-budget

Blackpool Pavilion theatre gets new lease of life

12 Jul 2018

A partnership between Selladoor Worldwide and Blackpool Entertainment Company will restore the building, which has not been used as a theatre for more than 20 years. It will reopen as a receiving and producing house that will stage immersive productions. 

New guidelines to help protect drama students from sexual harassment

11 Jul 2018

The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments produced the guidelines, aimed at teaching staff, visiting speakers, students and administrative staff, in response to a number of allegations of sexual harassment in the industry.

Actors Touring Company and Ramin Gray part ways following misconduct investigation

11 Jul 2018

Gray, who was issued with a formal written warning two weeks ago over claims of inappropriate behaviour, has left his role as Artistic Director of the company with immediate effect. Actors Touring Company confirmed that the complaints amounted to “inappropriate verbal conduct” and that there were no findings of physical or sexual misconduct.

Glasgow School of Art to be rebuilt

11 Jul 2018

The school’s Director, Tom Inns, told the Guardian it is “critically important” for the city and for the institution that the building “comes back as the Mackintosh building”. His comments come as work begins on dismantling a large part of the south-east and west facades.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland consults on new 5-year strategy

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11 Jul 2018

Political deadlock has led to the current strategy being extended for a year.

Brexit voters more likely to shun the arts, research finds

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11 Jul 2018

Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.

Jeremy Wright becomes new Culture Secretary

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10 Jul 2018

Matt Hancock’s promotion to Health Secretary means the lead role at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now filled by the former Attorney General with a taste for James Bond films.

Tate St Ives becomes Museum of the Year

09 Jul 2018

The Art Fund’s annual prize was awarded to the Cornwall-based gallery last week, which was praised for its “deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful” extension that opened last year.

New Executive Director for Tobacco Factory Theatres

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06 Jul 2018

Mary Caws, who has held similar roles at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Watford Palace Theatre, will take up post next month.

Russell Group universities urged to revise A level subject advice

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06 Jul 2018

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts told peers the current selection of ‘facilitating subjects’ was not based on evidence and had skewed students’ A level choices.

Green light for artistic quality measurement scheme

06 Jul 2018

Counting What Counts Ltd has won the £2.3m contract to deliver the quality measurement system that England’s larger arts organisations will use from October.

DCMS proposes tenfold increase in society lottery sales limit

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06 Jul 2018

The Government is consulting on proposals that include increasing the amount society lotteries can raise to £100m a year, but Camelot has warned that the changes could put returns to good causes at risk.

Actors criticise audience members for watching World Cup during performance

06 Jul 2018

Cast members at Nottingham Theatre Royal’s performance of Titanic The Musical labelled two front-row audience members “ignorant” for watching the football on their phones and cheering during “the most poignant moment” of the lifeboats scene.

Gig-goer wins diabetes discrimination case

06 Jul 2018

A judge awarded £2,000 in compensation to a woman with type 1 diabetes whose bottle of Lucozade was confiscated by security staff when she attended a gig in Belfast.

Europe rejects controversial copyright law

06 Jul 2018

The European Parliament has rejected the Copyright Directive after its controversial Article 13 was criticised by campaigners for threatening internet freedom. The Directive had been welcomed by artists including Paul McCartney, and The Musicians Union has pledged to “redouble” its efforts to ensure the legislation passes when it is debated again in September.

Arts teacher numbers plummet by almost a quarter

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05 Jul 2018

9,000 secondary school arts teachers have left their jobs in England since 2011.

Creative business growth stunted by lack of finance

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05 Jul 2018

Creative enterprises often rely on informal funding and believe financiers do not understand their business fully, new research finds.

1,500-seat theatre added to Olympia creative hub plans

05 Jul 2018

The new theatre will be part of the £700m, 73,000 square foot development, alongside other additions including a second performing arts venue, studios and creative offices.

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