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.

'Bubble of one': Disability arts educators fear exclusions

18 Sep 2020

As schools reopen, the barriers to resuming arts education for disabled children "have been hugely increased".

Covid-19: Arts universities could lose £100m

17 Sep 2020

New analysis indicates an eye-watering financial hit if international student numbers plummet in 2021.

Northern Irish arts at 'brink of devastation'

17 Sep 2020

Organisations are pleading with politicians to urgently release £33m funding that was allocated months ago.

Wales to launch £7m freelancer fund

Llangollen International Eisteddfod
16 Sep 2020

A final tranche of Welsh Government emergency funding will be reserved for up to 12,800 creatives - but the Culture Minister says organisations need a "total change of attitude" towards recovery. 

Mass testing key to fully reopening the arts sector, MPs told

11 Sep 2020

Arts events could incentivise testing and restart the sector safely. But without a confirmed reopening date, there is little hope of recovery.

Scottish recovery fund 'aims to protect jobs'

11 Sep 2020

Arts organisations facing insolvency or redundancies can apply for up to £150,000 as Scotland delays the return of live events.

SAGE modelling illustrates risk of non-distanced shows

10 Sep 2020

A single infectious performer could cause a deadly outbreak, SAGE says, as the Culture Secretary hints at full capacity events before Christmas.

Rising to the challenge of reopening

Mother and daughter looking at a window display at Hertford Theatre
09 Sep 2020

Adopting a creative approach to tackle opening in a Covid-safe environment could give venues the edge and help them come out the other side. David Dunstan shares some successful strategies.

Let Councils lead on arts funding, says new report

Photo of Hull looking from the air back to the coast
07 Sep 2020

Efforts to redistribute arts funding away from London have fallen short, as Arts Council England “fails to treat places equally”.

Redundancies will make the arts sector whiter, unions warn

04 Sep 2020

Major organisations' silence on claims that job cuts are falling disproportionately on BAME staff stands in stark contrast to a groundswell of disclosures about the ethnic breakdown of workforces.

Millennials make up more of post-Covid audiences, survey indicates

03 Sep 2020

An apparent growth in younger audiences could be a "silver lining" for the sector as fewer older people patronise the arts.

Museum no-shows an 'unintended consequence' of reopening success

03 Sep 2020

Some museums are nearly running at their post-Covid capacity. But "reopening doesn't mean recovery" as up to 40% of ticket holders stay home.

In a post-pandemic world, could an arts-rich classroom become the norm?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: 'The Comedy of Errors' at Nelson Mandela Primary School
03 Sep 2020

As schools reopen for the new year, arts education needs to rise to short and long-term challenges to be successful and remain relevant. Jacqui O’Hanlon proposes a way forward.

How global issues are driving a new cultural agenda

Will Covid-19 prompt the demise of the big city?
03 Sep 2020

Maintaining an international perspective and collaborating with global partners will be key to rebuilding the UK’s cultural sector and securing the post-pandemic future, say Ben Walmsley and Franco Bianchini.

Covid-19 spawns 'digital only' audiences

02 Sep 2020

Survey data that suggests a third of digital arts audiences only engage online raises new possibilities for the post-Covid cultural sector.

Urgent need for music education guidance

28 Aug 2020

Days before England's schools resume, the Department for Education is yet to publish guidance on reopening music departments.

Singing softly could cut Covid risk

28 Aug 2020

DCMS and the University of Bristol publicised the research findings as proof that 'singing is no riskier than speaking'. That's not quite what the study says.

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