Support service challenges censorship in the arts

Street art showing a man with a cross in place of a mouth
31 May 2019

The Index on Censorship says that fear of a hostile reception may stop controversial work being commissioned.

Children from deprived areas shut out of music qualifications

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31 May 2019

Research finds that “large geographical areas are completely without music provision at A level”.

Cultural attractions still fall short on accessibility, finds report

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31 May 2019

Only one in four of the top 100 venues are considered to be more than 90% accessible.

No let-up in arts A level decline

31 May 2019

Early figures suggest that the trend away from studying some arts subjects at GCSE may be bottoming out, but A level entries continue to fall away across all disciplines.

Case builds for ‘commercial justification’ of the arts

31 May 2019

As a Government spending review approaches, Arts Council England and the Creative Industries Federation have joined forces to put forward an unashamedly economic case for funding culture.

Youth Music calls for music curriculm changes

30 May 2019

Researchers monitoring the progress of a Youth Music programme linking community music organisations with school music departments has concluded that students are being "taught in a way that does not connect with the music they’re actually interested in".  Evidence that children’s experience of music at school is “often disconnected from their musical lives” outside the lessons has prompted Youth Music CEO Matt Griffiths to write an open letter to Education Minister Nick Gibb, calling for a revised curriculum for teaching music.

New cash for cultural development of high streets

30 May 2019

A £62m government fund for regenerating England's towns and cities will be spent converting disused or underused heritage buildings into creative or cultural spaces, offices, retail units and housing. £3m of this will be available through a National Lottery Heritage Fund cultural programme to engage people in the life and history of their high streets.

Herfordshire council nets £469k from art work sale

30 May 2019

450 items have been sold from the County Council's School Loan Collection as the service had become "less relevant to the evolving curriculum". The Council says it has insufficent resources to properly conserve the pieces in storage, and will be spending the money raised on improving the condition and public visibility of the nationally significant sculptures it still holds.

Aberdeen gallery revamp faces major budget shortfall

30 May 2019

The gallery and museum, which is due to reopen in the autumn following a major renovation, is facing the possibility of a £9m funding shortfall due to a predicted budget overspend and fundraising gap. The City Council may be called on to pick up the bill if a financial settlement cannot be agreed with the main works contractor.

Fire Exit to close as funding ends

29 May 2019

Leading playwright and theatre maker David Leddy is planning to "stop working in theatre and pursue a new career" after the Glasgow-based theatre company Fire Exit closes next month. The organisation was one of 20 to lose regular funding from Creative Scotland in its controversial funding shake-up last year. 

Immigration controls place Edinburgh's festivals at risk

29 May 2019

Artists are facing a humiliating visa application process to take part in the city's festivals, according to MSP Gordon MacDonald, who is calling for the introduction of 'cultural passports' to ensure the "seamless flow of artists from across the world".

Norwich theatre company opens artists’ hub

28 May 2019

Curious Directive, which focuses on science-led theatre, has a new permanent base in a 15th century church in central Norwich. The venue will include spaces for administration and rehearsals that will be rented out to grassroots theatre makers, as well as a ‘tech library’, providing technology used in the company’s productions for free. Curious Directive also wants to create a workshop for companies to build sets.

Former Tesco CEO invests in Liverpool arts college

28 May 2019

Sir Terry Leahy and entrepreneur Bill Currie are handing a seven-figure sum to LMA in return for a 20% stake in the business. The performing arts college has plans to expand around the world.

Boston museum bans two people following racism complaint

28 May 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts has revoked the membership of two visitors who were accused of making racist remarks to middle school students visiting the venue. The Principal of the school also told the museum that one of its staff told students “no food, no drink and no watermelon”, and that he heard reports of security guards following his students. The museum says it is unable to confirm or deny beyond doubt what was said, and that the movement of the guards as they took and returned from breaks may have led the students feeling followed – but it has promised to change its protocols for security staff.

Russell Group scraps A Level subject guidance

24 May 2019

The move by the elite university group has led to renewed calls to reconsider the controversial EBacc performance measure.

Grassroots venues face discrimination on business rates, says UK Music

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24 May 2019

The industry body says 124 venues would save more than £4,000 each a year if they were offered the same discounts as pubs and bars.

Peers slam Government for ignoring post-Brexit visa recommendations

Photo of a crowd in front of a stage in Gibraltar
24 May 2019

Lord Jay of Ewelme said the Government had failed to address concerns “that applying the current visa system to EU nationals would make it harder to bring talent to the UK”.

Volunteers pursue bid to turn landmark into arts hub

24 May 2019

The sale of Cemetery Junction arch, advertised for auction by Reading Borough Council, has been suspended to enable the local community to progress its bid to turn the Grade II listed landmark into an arts and heritage hub.

Arts executives to create work for London Design Festival

24 May 2019

Senior figures from ten of London's leading cultural organisations are working with designers to create “a legacy piece of design” for their institutions using American red oak. The project aims to offer “a brief glimpse" into their personal thinking.

Car park closure threatens Birmingham cultural venues

24 May 2019

A multi-storey car park used by visitors to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Library of Birmingham and Symphony Halls is to be sold for redevelopment. The City Council claims it will not be needed because the daily charge being introduced for high polluting cars will make it ‘surplus to requirements’, and the area will be served by the Birmingham Westside Metro extension.

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