The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published new guidance for charity trustees, outlining their duties under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The new publication features a checklist, with examples of good practice to help charity trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities. OSCR will issue a copy to every one of Scotlands 21,274 active charities and provide supplies to umbrella organisations and professional bodies.
A new website has been created in response to Glasgows burgeoning dance scene and growing demand for easily accessible information from those wishing to watch, learn and teach dance and around the city.
An evaluation of the first 12 months of the Scottish Arts Councils interest-free loan scheme Own Art has revealed that 442 sales totalling £270,000 were made through 35 member galleries. The average purchase price using Own Art was £864 and over half of the member galleries said the majority of these sales were to new customers and included people buying art for the very first time.
De Montfort University Leicester has launched a new website providing ICT Guides for people working in arts and humanities research. The site, which aims to help postgraduate research students and staff to develop relevant ICT skills, offers a suite of online resources on research methods, highlights training opportunities for specific ICT tools and showcases examples of practical application.
Theatre In The Pound, a monthly not-for-profit scratch night designed to provide an opportunity for individuals or groups of theatre practitioners to try out new work without having to hire a whole a theatre for the night, is being relaunched at Cockpit Theatre in London. The evening aims to enable work to be seen and developed in a supportive environment in which creatives can take risks and try something new. Audiences pay £1 for their tickets and are encouraged to offer feedback.
The first artists residencies for Scotlands celebration of Highland culture in 2007 have been awarded Scottish Arts Council National Lottery support. Many of the residencies will take place in unusual settings and provide opportunities for communities that have little or no experience of the arts. A calendar has been published highlighting many of the events planned for the year-long festival.
The Good Gallery Guide has launched a new and improved website providing up-to-date, comprehensive gallery information for over 100 visual art galleries from England, Scotland and Wales. It also offers the latest visual arts news, features and benefit from exclusive offers. The Guide was started in 2001 by Stuart Bolton, a wheelchair user, who wanted to highlight galleries that were exemplary in their provision of accessible facilities for disabled visitors.
The Writers Guild of Great Britain, the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film and video games, has made an award to The New Vic Theatres Artistic Director, Gwenda Hughes, in recognition of her encouragement of new writing.
The Royal Academy of Dance and the International Dance Teachers Association have announced that the two organisations will now work together in examinations, teacher education and training. As part of the deal, the two bodies, which between them have over 20,000 members worldwide and examine over half a million candidates each year, will recognise the right of qualified teachers to enter candidates for examinations of either awarding body.
A special midnight matinee performance of the West End show Avenue Q will take place on 23 October in aid of HIV and AIDS charity, Theatrecares. All performers, technicians, musicians and royalty holders have agreed to perform the show for nothing and Delfont Mackintosh Theatres have waived their theatre rental and booking fees.