Funding cuts for Edinburgh International Festival

13 Jun 2019

Organisers warn the city council’s “salami slicing” strategy could cause the event’s decline or even demise. Arts groups have lost direct funding and are being told to share resources or collaborate on their programmes.

Government should formally measure the value of culture, says Nesta

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12 Jun 2019

A model that asked people how much they would pay to save museums and cathedrals from closure can and should be applied more broadly, the charity argues.

Lancashire theatre defends Ann Widdecombe show

12 Jun 2019

Protests are planned for Widdecombe’s first show since her comments on gay conversion therapy prompted two other venues to cancel bookings. Lowther Pavilion chairman Tim Lince said “the right to free speech in the theatre was long fought and should be protected”.

New arts festival for Fife

12 Jun 2019

The inaugural Largo Arts Week will star comedian Phil Jupitus and renowned sculptor David Mach. Organiser Dougi McMillan said talent in the Lower Largo villages is “often overlooked” and hoped the festival would address that.

Glasgow School of Art’s £500k refund bid fails

12 Jun 2019

A court has ruled the school wrongly claimed a door between its Reid and Assembly buildings was a fire exit to claim VAT. Its historic Mackintosh building has burned down twice in the past four years. 

Birmingham Ballet partners with airport

11 Jun 2019

Birmingham Airport will fund the company's latest film 'After Bach - Freefalling with Bintley', which focuses on its award-winning programme for adults with severe learning disabilities. The partnership will also include other activities such as dance workshops with airport staff.

Stables faces new threat as developer circumvents noise ruling

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11 Jun 2019

The Milton Keynes venue says new plans to build 79 houses nearby present a “real threat” to its future.

Record attendance at Edinburgh theatres

11 Jun 2019

More than half a million people attended a Capital Theatres group event in the last year, Chief Executive Duncan Hendry said. He attributed the group's success to new mobile-friendly website where nearly 58% of sales are now made.

Campaign for arts centre in historic pub

11 Jun 2019

A group in Newmarket in Suffolk hopes to raise £650,000 to convert the Palomino Pub into a permanent arts space. Campaigner Lousie Eatock said the centre would offer events and exhibitions, adult and youth classes, and music nights.

Plans to revamp Fruitmarket Gallery submitted

10 Jun 2019

Reiach and Hall Architects will renovate the existing Edinburgh gallery and convert a neighbouring warehouse into a two-storey installation space by 2020. The project has "opportunities for artists and audiences at its heart", gallery Director Fiona Bradley said.


LGBT play cancelled after actors attacked

10 Jun 2019

Performances of 'Rotterdam' at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre have been called off after one of its cast was injured in a "homophobic hate crime", the show's producers said. Actress Lucy Jane had stones thrown at her from a moving car while kissing her girlfriend, castmate Rebecca Bantlava, in the street.

Calls for National Portrait Gallery to reject BP

10 Jun 2019

Letters from eight artists and a judge said a sponsorship deal with the oil and gas giant provided "a veneer of respectability to one of the world’s worst polluters". The gallery said BP had sponsored its annual portrait award for 30 years, and that the company's support brought artists' work into the public eye.


UK must correct ‘very strong London bias’ in cultural provision, says report

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07 Jun 2019

Cultural leaders have expressed dismay that Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the UK’s economic imbalances did not make more specific references to the arts and culture.

Museum visitors ‘less likely to develop dementia’, claim researchers

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07 Jun 2019

Analysis of a decade's worth of data finds that regularly engaging with cultural activities is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.

Watchdog questions trustworthiness of DfE statistics

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07 Jun 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has called for greater clarity in the way the Department presents statistics, after investigating concerns raised by ArtsProfessional and others.

Fears within ACE over ‘dumbing down’ art

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07 Jun 2019

Arts Council England’s Deputy Director has reassured those concerned about its new strategy that they should “be clear that the Royal Opera House is as important as Creative People and Places”.

Festival locations cancelled after funding flop

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07 Jun 2019

Almost half the shows in a touring film and theatre festival have been cancelled at short notice following lacklustre ticket sales and failures to secure public funding.

‘More exploration’ needed into whether DCMS investment hub can aid the arts

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07 Jun 2019

The Impact Investment Institute will help people ‘combine financial returns with a social purpose’, potentially boosting funding for the arts.

Preston Guild Hall calls in administrators

06 Jun 2019

The sudden closure of the city’s Guild Hall, which contained two performance venues, has left large shows in the lurch. Owner Simon Rigby now intends to bring in administrators, but has said the building will reopen “within weeks” and that all staff wages will be paid.

Mural honours teen climate activist

06 Jun 2019

The 15 metre high portrait of Greta Thunberg in Bristol was unveiled last week. Artist Jody Thomas said he was inspired by his subject’s “fearless style”.


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