Cultural sector could reopen in June, PM says

22 Feb 2021

Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown includes the possibility of lower capacity events by May 17 and full reopening with testing before the end of June.

The most important people in the Zoom room

Actor performing as Alice in front of background with the mad hatter and queen of hearts
10 Dec 2020

Lucy Askew explores the possibilities behind a digital theatre platform that puts first things first, and the digital repertory company that will be testing it out.

Coping through Covid: why ‘what makes sense’ sucks

Jenny Grainger and daughter
30 Sep 2020

Jenni Grainger gives a personal account of the harsh reality of juggling childcare and being furloughed while attempting to steer an organisation through a crisis.

Risk versus reward

11 Sep 2020

England’s arts organisations will be asked to make decisions that affect more than people’s livelihoods.

Ventilation – How to breathe life into theatre

Leeds Playhouse
07 Aug 2020

Venue operators should be rightly angry that the Government continues to insist that social distancing is the main route to making their auditoriums safe, says Liz Hill.

Arts and health: think big and embrace the opportunities

Drummers on stage following behind a woman in a huge twirling skirt
22 Jul 2020

A substantial new income stream for the arts sector can go hand in hand with significant savings to the health budget, says Tim Joss. But first we need to move beyond some widespread assumptions that are holding back progress.

Covid transmission study to redefine 'outdoor' theatre

23 Feb 2021

Imperial College researchers will estimate the probability of infection at two theatres and consider whether a covered venue can "behave" as an outdoor space.

The difference between recovery and survival

Isabel Lewis, the occasion of an afternoon at Palmhuset, for Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2015. Image by Attila Urban
17 Feb 2021

Moira Jeffrey writes that the fight to survive is a reality we cannot ignore. Focussing on that alone will lead to “erosion and obsolescence”.

Lockdowns push young, disabled and less educated out of creative workforce

17 Feb 2021

Researchers say we should be "especially worried" about a huge drop in creatives under 25 that could lead to greater inequalities in the arts and creative industries.

Emergency funding lifelines for Northern Irish and Scottish arts

16 Feb 2021

Northern Irish organisations' coronavirus deficits will be eliminated by new grants as Scotland offers new support for events and freelancers.

Including the excluded

Screenshot of a virtual choir
10 Feb 2021

Sonali Joshi says parity in support for the self-employed is the vital ingredient for a positive future.

New initiative targets independent venue accessibility

08 Feb 2021

A 12-month project to make venues safer and more inclusive raises bigger questions about how disabled artists will return to performing live post-pandemic.

PRS backpedals on streaming licence for small events

04 Feb 2021

A temporary change to its controversial fees has received both a warm welcome and a cold shoulder.

Recovery isn’t a black and white picture

Performer playing violin to an empty theatre
04 Feb 2021

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share findings from a research programme that shows there are silver linings among the storm clouds.

Northern Irish arts sector left in limbo as funding is delayed

01 Feb 2021

Organisations clamouring for support have released a five-point recovery plan amid a projected £16m funding shortfall.

Shock and anger as PRS announces streaming licences

27 Jan 2021

The music industry is furious after steep new tarrifs on streaming live events were introduced with little to no consultation.

Supporting freelancers would be 'relatively cheap'

26 Jan 2021

A year's worth of income support payments for arts sector freelancers would cost an estimated £880m – less than 1% of the subsidy bill to date.

The creative industries aren’t closed

A woman in a red top and jeans dancing outside with ballet shoes in her hand
26 Jan 2021

Louise Blackwell says creative practitioners have been at the forefront of place-based recovery. Their strategy? Come together, listen and take action.

The show must go on

Five actors standing on a stage, socially distanced with two in the background on ladders
26 Jan 2021

Staging a Christmas show was a challenge that tested everyone’s limits. Joanna Read reflects on the year, from Covid to Christmas and beyond.

Fear and hope for local authority venues post-Covid

26 Jan 2021

Trusts and companies operating council venues are folding under financial pressure. Can cash-strapped local authorities retain - even improve - provision under the circumstances?

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