British Museum staff support Soueif

22 Jul 2019

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union have written a letter in support of former trustee Ahdaf Souief, who recently resigned from the British Museum's Board of Trustees over BP funding and repatriation. Union members said BP had been allowed to "propogate the myth that without it's existence we would not have access to the collections of our publicly funded museums and galleries", and that the museum has "a unique obligation" to reconcile with the UK's colonial past.

Inquiry into future of the National Lottery launched

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19 Jul 2019

The DCMS Committee will consider what help funding distributors need to manage “changing trends” in returns to good causes.

DCMS Minister quits

19 Jul 2019

Margot James resigned after voting against her party to support an amendment that would prevent the next Prime Minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit. She had held the role for 18 months.

Galleries dance partnership aims to tackle knowledge gap

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19 Jul 2019

A new initiative to commission dances with UK galleries will improve the profile and practice of this developing field, its founders say.

Head teachers partly to blame for drop in school arts provision, says Vaizey

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19 Jul 2019

The former Culture Minister says his party’s decision to “relentlessly” focus on STEM hurt music education – but also blames head teachers for not prioritising the arts.

Rise in London music venues

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19 Jul 2019

The reversal of a decade-long pattern of decline has been credited to changes in policy including the end of the “discriminatory” Form 696.

Royal College of Music ambassador arrested

19 Jul 2019

James Huang Zheng, 41, is being detained in China after drunkenly hitting an 11-year-old boy during a dispute in an airport waiting area. Zheng, a star oboist, also sits on the international board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music generates £169m for Manchester

19 Jul 2019

Nearly 2 million people saw live music in the city in 2017, according to a report from UK Music commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The report recommends establishing a local music board and a talent pipeline fund, and co-ordinating music education services to strengthen the sector.

Louvre allegedly removes Sackler name

18 Jul 2019

The Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the philanthropist family, an activist group has claimed. The institution's President, Jean-Luc Martinez, said no gallery rooms are named after the Sacklers because there is a 20-year limit on donor name rights. The family's last contribution to the Louvre was in the 1990s.

Google suspends Viagogo ads

18 Jul 2019

The ticket reseller is now unable to pay to appear at the top of global search rankings, Google has announced. The decision follows pressure from politicians and industry organisations including UK Music, whose Chief Executive Michael Dugher said the tech company should direct users to "legitimate primary ticket sales" sites instead.

West End ushers fitted with bodycams

16 Jul 2019

The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre have started giving body cameras to front of house staff as a way to tackle the growing problem of aggressive behaviour from patrons. A trial programme is under way at several unnamed West End venues.

WWI centenary commissions 'exceptionally successful' despite 'unfortunate' oversights, report says

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16 Jul 2019

A House of Commons Committee report into 14-18 NOW highlights major lessons to be learned in time for the UK's next national cultural event - the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Blackpool festival cancelled over funding

16 Jul 2019

The organisers of Livewire Festival say they pulled the plug because of "investor issues", commenting: "This hasn't been a decision we have taken lightly and have explored every avenue we possibly could to keep the event on." Musician Lauryn Hill was due to headline the event near Blackpool tower in late August.

Scottish art company in liquidation

16 Jul 2019

Steven Brown Art Limited's gallery and warehouse in Ayr have been closed and its assets, artworks included, will soon be sold. The company became known for the McCoo art brand developed by owner Steven Brown.

Biennale Paris chairmen step down

16 Jul 2019

Co-presidents of the biennale's vetting committee Frédéric Castaing and Michel Maket have quit their posts over the inclusion of two exhibitors who are under criminal investigation for alleged antiques trafficking and forgery. The Biennale Paris is due to open in two months' time.

Dutch minister wants fewer festivals

15 Jul 2019

Dutch Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus said a reduction in festivals would help police tackle illegal drug use. The Netherlands has one of the world's largest festival markets, with 19.5 million visitors expected to attend more than 1000 festivals there this year.

£100k to catalogue Cambridge Theatre archives

15 Jul 2019

The grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will help the theatre collect and conserve costumes, photographs, posters and scripts amassed over the past 80 years. The collection will be housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum's collections and research centre in east London when it opens in 2023.

Ministers urged to scrap EBacc

15 Jul 2019

Education think tank EDSK says it is time for "a new approach to school performance measures that goes beyond fighting the battles of 2010 and instead focuses on what needs to happen in 2019 and beyond". Since the EBacc was introduced in 2010, GCSE entries for design and technology have fallen by 65%, dance entries by 46%, media studies by 36% and music by 24%, EDSK found.

Decline in local authority culture spend slows

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12 Jul 2019

Culture and heritage budgets across England are starting to settle as unitary authorities spend more.

£15.8m Leeds Playhouse redevelopment under way

12 Jul 2019

A major transformation of the theatre is "taking shape", Artistic Director James Brining said. Leeds City Council has given £5.6m to the project but the theatre must still raise £2.75m to make its £4.35m contribution. The remaining funding comes from Arts Council England.


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