‘Dire circumstances’ for arts funding

07 Feb 2020

DCMS is being told to revise its budget and local authorities plan to cut back on arts and culture services.

‘It’s career suicide’: arts sector muzzled over Brexit

17 Jan 2020

ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey reveals widespread fears of being labelled pro-Brexit and evidence of Brexit views affecting artistic and funding decisions.

Sector victory as council pulls ad for 'volunteer community artist'

13 Feb 2020

Wiltshire Council says it now knows asking for experienced, skilled and pre-vetted volunteers “was not the right approach”. 

Birmingham must embrace its Heavy Metal heritage

A photo of rows of T shirts with Heavy Metal logos
13 Feb 2020

Regeneration is all very well – but it is only through celebrating its authentic working class culture that the city can discover a beating heart and soul, says Lisa Meyer.

Night Czar paid £1k to host Borough of Culture event

12 Feb 2020

A political opponent has accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of “cronyism” after his appointee and friend received money from the city’s culture budget.

Failure ‘key to success’: Lewisham and Croydon win London Borough of Culture title

11 Feb 2020

The coveted year-long cultural festival is “finally coming to south east London” in 2021 and to Croydon in 2023.

Arts centre faces closure as landlord hikes rent by 300%

05 Feb 2020

The independent venue funds high-profile exhibitions by dressing celebrities like Bob Dylan, Kanye West and Angelina Jolie. But after 27 years, its founder says he’s on the losing end of “a long, expensive game”.

Edinburgh concert hall plans scuppered by legal challenge

03 Feb 2020

Delays and cost overruns to the £45m project are likely as it downsizes to avoid a long and expensive legal battle.

Not worth the effort? Contenders drop out of UK City of Culture race

30 Jan 2020

Two of seven cities that expressed interest in the title for 2025 have decided not to bid, and a third is reconsidering its stance. Is it a big city’s game?

Fears for Falkirk culture as cost of arts centre rises

23 Jan 2020

The town is divided over plans for a joint arts centre and council headquarters as the bill rises to £53.7m. But without it, campaigners say local arts organisations could “cease to exist”.

Third victory for The Stables in noise dispute with developer

13 Jan 2020

Councillors have supported the venue’s ongoing battle to protect itself against complaints from a planned residential development. But as legal costs mount, Abbey Homes has not ruled out appealing the decision.

Libraries threatened by incorporation into leisure facilities

06 Dec 2019

As library workers in Bromley enter their sixth consecutive month of strike action, their union has taken aim at the company it claims will catalyse the erosion of services across the UK.

Making sense of Grenfell through art

A picture of chairs and a table in a room
05 Dec 2019

Susan Rudnik explains how a community-led art psychotherapy service is helping those affected by the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire to start processing what happened.

City of Culture ‘changed Hull’s image for the better’

28 Nov 2019

An evaluation says the programme brought “profound but somewhat fragile” changes to Hull’s economy, community and cultural sector.

Election 2019: What’s in it for the arts? 

22 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party

Death threat against NPO boss amid booking controversy

Photo of Middlesbrough Town Hall
15 Nov 2019

Middlesbrough Mayor argues "if we censor Chubby Brown then we have to censor lots of acts".

Brent 2020 promises to ‘challenge definitions of culture’

14 Nov 2019

The Chief Executive of the London Borough’s Council said the year-long programme would examine the relationship between power and people and celebrate migration.

Cost of The Factory could rise beyond £130m

Photo of The Factory under construction
13 Nov 2019

As Manchester City Council races to get the venue finished for 2021, only a third of construction packages have been awarded.

Celebrating local excellence

07 Nov 2019

We spend too much time trying to learn lessons from cities and apply them in other places, argues Brendan Keaney. It’s time to recognise that creative powerhouses can come in all shapes and sizes – and not always where you might expect.

NPO boss resigns after council orders booking of controversial comedian

Middlesborough Town Hall
05 Nov 2019

Middlesbrough’s Mayor allegedly demanded the Town Hall book Roy Chubby Brown against concerns the show will be offensive and unpopular.

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