Friday, 15 November 2019
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Middlesbrough Mayor argues "if we censor Chubby Brown then we have to censor lots of acts".

Police are investigating threats of violence against the outgoing Head of Middlesbrough Town Hall following her protest resignation. ArtsProfessional reported last week that Lorna Fulton will step down from the National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) after Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston allegedly demanded the Town Hall book Roy Chubby Brown. The venue feared the comedian’s act would be offensive... read more
Friday, 04 October 2019

New figures from the Department for Education show the number of arts, media and publishing apprentices has fallen by a third since 2015 – but the data doesn’t tell the full story.

Participation in creative apprenticeships has fallen by a third over the past three years, data released by the Department for Education (DfE) shows. There were 1,830 apprentices in arts, media and publishing in the 2017/18 year, according to the department’s figures, down 32% from a high of 2,700... read more
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Joint venture aims to 'supercharge' UK arts lobbying and business development 

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation have jointly announced they will merge, with Creative England's CEO becoming responsible for the day-to-day business management of the new organisation.  The Creative Industries Federation (CIF), which advocates on behalf of the UK’s creative... read more
Wednesday, 20 November 2019

A review of international approaches to funding culture concludes that “change is inevitable”.



A “welfare model” of cultural funding based on regular grants of public money is increasingly unfit for purpose, according to a new report commissioned by Creative Scotland. The report, which will inform Creative Scotland’s new strategy and funding approach, reviews different ways of funding... read more
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

London arts leaders were told the word is “divisive” but wanted it included anyway.

Discord has resurfaced within Arts Council England (ACE) over whether it should be using the word ‘art’. Recently released minutes from a May meeting of its London Area Council reveal debate over whether the word should be included in the funder’s 10-year strategy, and how ambitious its engagement... read more
Monday, 18 November 2019

Artists will increasingly need multiple income streams and brand collaborations to fund their creative practice in an Instagram-fuelled marketplace, a new report says.

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Ungry Young Man

It will become harder to be an artist despite “unprecedented” growth in the art market and the decentralisation of distribution introduced by the internet, a new report says.  Research from non-profit organisation Creative United predicts the consolidation of wealth around the “branded” top end of... read more
Thursday, 14 November 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.

Brent has pledged to shine a light on everyday creativity during its year as London Borough of Culture for 2020. The borough’s programme includes a £500,000 fund to support local people and organisations to produce their own cultural activities. The scheme is open to anyone working with artists,... read more
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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

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John Parker Lee

The cost of The Factory arts venue in Manchester could rise again despite the project already exceeding its budget by £19m. Manchester City Council (MCC) trumpeted a “major construction milestone” last week – the installation of a 125-tonne steel theatre framework. But councillors have been told... read more
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

BME people in children’s publishing are often “pressured to comment on diversity issues” amid expectations their books will focus on cultural stereotypes.

Black and minority ethnic (BME) publishers face a complex set of unconscious biases that stop diverse children’s books from reaching libraries and bookstores, new research suggests. The study, commissioned by Arts Council England, explores the experience of BME librarians, authors, illustrators,... read more
Monday, 11 November 2019

A study warns that “debates about authenticity, re-creation and fakery are amplified by digital technologies”.



There is no clear evidence yet that immersive experiences can provide benefits to museums, according to a new report calling for more research into their potential. The study from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) and Cardiff University says cultural institutions have often... read more
Friday, 08 November 2019

The former Culture Minister has resigned from parliament, citing a desire to specialise in the sectors he is passionate about.


Chris McAndrew

Former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is eyeing a move to the cultural sector after resigning from parliament. The MP for Wantage and Didcot has decided not to stand in the general election, having held his seat for nearly 20 years. In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Vaizey said... read more
Friday, 08 November 2019

Head of Programming Tamsin Ace will leave the venue in December, as will Creative Director Madani Younis. Southbank has not confirmed whether it will replace Ace's role.

Tamsin Ace
Southbank Centre’s Head of Public Programming Tamsin Ace has become the second senior creative figure to announce their departure from the venue within two weeks. Ace will leave the organisation in December for a new role at London’s Geffrye Museum of the Home. Her departure follows news two weeks... read more