11 Northern towns and cities bid for £15m Cultural Regeneration Fund

06 Dec 2017

Grants of up to £4m will be awarded to culture and tech projects as part of plans to build a lasting legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North, which will be hosted by Newcastle and Gateshead.

Lubaina Himid becomes first black woman to win Turner Prize

06 Dec 2017

The 63-year-old Preston-based artist, whose work includes painted images relating to the slave trade on a 100-piece dinner service, has also become the oldest winner in the award’s history.

Participatory arts projects empower care home residents

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06 Dec 2017

A two-year project across 20% of Welsh care homes found statistically significant improvements to wellbeing and staff perceptions of residents.

Public appetite grows for live performance

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05 Dec 2017

Enthusiasm for theatre and live music has grown over the past year and more adults than ever consider going to a live performance to be a ‘great night’, a new survey by Town Hall Symphony Hall has found.

Murdoch joins Arts Council England

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05 Dec 2017

Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is one of seven new appointments to the national funder’s governing board.

EBacc should be scrapped, says exam board

05 Dec 2017

Education company Pearson, which offers a range of GCSE and A-level examinations, said many teachers, parents and young people feel the English Baccalaureate school performance measure does “not adequately capture pupils’ achievements”, and has advised the Government to focus on other  metrics.

Opera seen as ‘too posh’ by millions in the UK

05 Dec 2017

Fears about what to wear, when to clap and when toilet visits are acceptable are also holding the public back from attending opera, according to a Classic FM survey.

Quality Metrics to go ahead under new name

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05 Dec 2017

Although a supplier was chosen to deliver Arts Council England’s £2.7m quality evaluation programme, the procurement process is now being re-run after falling foul of EU rules.

New guide makes the case for recruiting young arts trustees

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04 Dec 2017

Built on experiences at the Roundhouse, the Arts Council England-backed guide offers practical advice on selecting young trustees and preparing boards for change.

Discrimination common in classical music, research finds

04 Dec 2017

Sexual harassment in the classical music sector affects schools and conservatoires, as well as orchestras and ensembles, according to a survey by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, in which 60% of respondents reported having experienced some form of discrimination.

Scottish authors warn of “devastating cuts”

04 Dec 2017

An open letter to the Scottish Government, signed by more than 100 authors including Irvine Welsh and Liz Lochead, warns that planned arts cuts will place “the future health of the nation” at risk.

Regional theatre income up despite stalling sales

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01 Dec 2017

A large increase in income from musicals and concerts offset falling ticket sales for plays last year, according to box office data from UK Theatre.

22 boroughs compete to become London Borough of Culture

01 Dec 2017

The majority of the capital’s boroughs will be competing for the award, which will be bestowed on one borough in 2019 and another in 2020. The winners will be announced next February.

Artist wages decreasing, survey finds

01 Dec 2017

A poll of 823 UK artists by website Artfinder found 55% earn between £1k and £5k net a year, and 82% earn less than £10k a year. The figures are lower than in 2013, when research by a-n found 72% of artists earned less than £10k.

Public Corporation model considered for national museums

01 Dec 2017

The governance model used by the Bank of England, the BBC and the Post Office would give the museums more operational freedom but would require them to generate at least half of their income commercially.

Lottery decline will mean funding cuts, warns Arts Council England

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01 Dec 2017

Falling Lottery revenues and a commitment to more cash for NPOs in the regions will see Arts Council England spending less on strategic funding and capital investments.

Arts leaders and MPs urge rethink on European Capital of Culture

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01 Dec 2017

Following the European Commission’s move to block the UK from participating in European Capital of Culture 2023, arts professionals and MPs have warned cultural ties must not be severed post-Brexit.

New £1.5m fund to support emerging visual artists in UK regions

01 Dec 2017

Four arts organisation, one in each of the UK’s nations, will win a slice of the Freelands Foundation funding to select and support 80 artists over the next five years.

London Mayor to protect arts venues threatened by noise complaints

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30 Nov 2017

Culture is “at the heart” of Sadiq Khan’s draft civic planning strategy, which sets out plans for new cultural quarters and making London a ‘24-hour city’.

Bishop’s Stortford plans new 500-seat theatre

30 Nov 2017

Plans to transform Old River Lane in Bishop’s Stortford, including a 500-seat theatre and three or four-screen cinema, will be put before East Herts District Council’s executive next week.


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