Friday, 19 July 2024
Clockwise from top left: The Southbank Centre, British Museum. National Theatre, The Globe
Arts and culture organisations among industries worldwide affected by major IT outage.
Ticketing systems for numerous arts and culture organisations have gone offline due to a global IT outage that is causing massive disruption to a wide range of services and operations. Reports suggest that issues emerged across the globe after a cybersecurity company called Crowdstrike, which produces antivirus software, issued a software update that has affected Windows devices. As of Friday... read more
Wednesday, 24 July 2024

Under-represented creative industries workers - those who are Black, Asian, ethnically diverse, disabled or from low socioeconomic backgrounds - are feeling less positive about their career prospects than a year ago.

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The majority of individuals from under-represented groups in the creative industries are not optimistic about their career futures, according to the findings of a new report from Creative Access. Creative Access’s Thrive Report is an annual diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) review that... read more
Tuesday, 23 July 2024

A new report has laid bare the significant decline in arts and culture spending in the UK at both national and local levels between 2009-10 and 2022-23.

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The UK has one of the lowest levels of government spending on culture among European nations, the findings of a new report has revealed. The State of the Arts report, from Campaign for the Arts (CFTA) and the University of Warwick, analyses changes in arts funding, provision, engagement, education... read more
Tuesday, 23 July 2024

Arts organisations have reported a swift recovery after a global IT outage, which meant many were unable to sell tickets. 

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Arts and ticketing organisations affected by last week's global IT outage, which caused their booking systems to go offline, have praised their staff for minimising the impact on audiences. Last Friday (19 July), ticketing systems for numerous arts and culture organisations - including the National... read more
Monday, 22 July 2024

Costs for the projected skyrocketed from an initial £48.8m to £131.9m on completion in November 2023.

The main auditorium of Bristol Beacon, November 2023
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A report into the refurbishment of the Bristol Beacon concert hall has found an absence of leadership, complex funding arrangements and lack of due diligence all contributed to the project going off course and costing over £80m more than was originally budgeted. The probe was launched after... read more
Monday, 22 July 2024

Research on legacy donations for the art, culture and heritage sector suggests smaller organisations are well placed to generate increased income from bequests.

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Cultural organisations are being urged to be more proactive in fundraising through gifts from wills after a new report has highlighted growth in legacy donations for the sector. The Art of Legacies report cites market data from Legacy Foresight showing that 34 arts, culture, and heritage... read more
Friday, 19 July 2024

Prime Minister Keir Starmer has previously said that the curriculum will be amended 'so art is woven into everything our children learn'.

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An independent review of what is taught in schools in England has been launched as part of government efforts to make arts and creativity central to the education system. The Department for Education (DfE) said the review will seek to establish a "broader, richer, cutting-edge curriculum" that... read more
Thursday, 18 July 2024

In her first interviews as Culture Secretary, Lisa Nandy has indicated she will work to support arts and culture across the country and said the Labour government is committed to a review of Arts Council England.

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Newly-appointed Culture Secretary Lisa Nandy has said, during her first interviews in the role, that the Labour government will review how public funding for the arts is spent. Speaking on the podcast The Rest of Politics, Nandy discussed the impact of shrinking council budgets on the arts outside... read more
Thursday, 18 July 2024

Welsh National Opera says it is committed to finding a solution for orchestra members that recognises the 'reality' of its financial situation following significant cuts to its public funding.

production shot of WNO's Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, summer 2024
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Musicians' Union (MU) members at Welsh National Opera (WNO) have voted in favour of a full strike to protest management plans to make the orchestra part-time on 85% of their current hours, reducing their pay by 15%. In the ballot that closed on 17 July, 81.3% of voters were in favour of full strike... read more
Wednesday, 17 July 2024

While the Labour government's legislative plans do not feature anything explicitly related to the arts, a number of proposals are likely to have an impact on the sector.

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Labour has set out plans to extend devolution across England by allowing mayors and local authorities to take on new powers, with cultural policy expected to be part of the deal. Outlining the government's legislative plans for the year ahead at the State Opening of Parliament today (17 July), King... read more
Wednesday, 17 July 2024

Research finds enrolment in creative further education is declining in all parts of the UK, prompting concerns of a future pipeline shortage at a time the creative industries are looking to create more jobs.

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There is UK-wide evidence of a sharp decline in creative further education participation that could lead to skill shortages in the creative industries, findings in a new report from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (Creative PEC) reveal. The Creative Further Education in the four... read more
Monday, 15 July 2024

Glasgow’s Culture Strategy 2024-30 sets out the plans to support and promote culture in the city.

The Floating Heads by Sophie Cave in the East Court at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Glasgow Council’s City Administration Committee has approved a new cultural strategy, setting out plans until 2030 to support, develop, and promote the city's cultural profile while boosting prosperity and improving arts access for its residents. Co-created by Glasgow Life and Glasgow’s Culture... read more