Thursday, 11 August 2022
A room at the British Museum
Fresh guidance on repatriation calls for museums to tell the full stories behind their collections, including items that may have a controversial past.
Museums should make efforts to publish detailed provenance information about their collections and engage with communities of origin when researching items with contested histories, Arts Council England (ACE) has said. New guidance published by ACE relating to restitution and repatriation says museums should "aim to be as transparent as possible about their collections", stating that they should... read more
Friday, 05 August 2022

Government figures suggests the gap in participation in the arts between the most and least deprived people widened as the country emerged from Covid restrictions.

people visit a museum


The gap in participation in the arts between the least and most deprived people in the country increased in the first three months of this year, according to results from a government study. The DCMS Participation Survey measures participation in the arts across ten levels of deprivation. Between... read more
Wednesday, 10 August 2022

New investment strategy for National Lottery Heritage Fund likely to feature larger grants for increased impact, with a focus on areas with greater need for support.

People in a park


The rationale for deciding which heritage projects receive National Lottery funding is to be reviewed in the wake of the pandemic and the economic downturn, it has been announced. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is currently three years into its 2019-2024 Strategic Funding Framework - the... read more
Tuesday, 09 August 2022

The performing arts trade union has issued guidance to promoters and venues on transparent pay and safe working conditions for comedy acts.

A comedian on stage in front of an audience

Equity has launched a new Comedians’ Charter that aims to improve the working lives and ensure the safety of comedians. The charter was developed by Equity's Comedians’ Network and launched on 7 August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It lays out a set of standard practices for venues and... read more
Tuesday, 09 August 2022

The date is two years later than outlined in the government’s National Disability Strategy, while an existing access card expands a free online booking system for disabled audiences.

Disabled person in audience

Alex Rumford

A sector-wide access card for disabled audiences is due to be trialled two years later than first publicised, it has been confirmed. The arts access card, which is expected to be valid at all arts and cultural venues and promises to offer “seamless, barrier-free booking”, was the only cultural... read more
Monday, 08 August 2022

Political thinktank says England needs a national music service akin to Wales' to ensure every pupil has access to high-quality music education.

pupils take part in school music lesson
The UK Government should establish a national music service in England to ensure all pupils have equitable access to high quality music education, according to a new report. The report, by left-wing political think tank the Fabian Society, responds to the UK Government’s recently published National... read more
Thursday, 04 August 2022

Data watchdog decides regulatory action not required after arts organisations notify it of ransomware attack that resulted in customer's names and email addresses being stolen.

outside of the Royal Academy of Arts

Neil Theasby

The watchdog in charge of ensuring people's digital data is kept safe will not investigate a major data breach affecting numerous arts organisations across the UK. Institutions including The Courtauld and the Royal Academy of Arts have notified the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of a... read more
Wednesday, 03 August 2022

Calls for mental health benefits of arts and creativity to be recognised by government and form part of forthcoming 10-year plan.

Young person cuts out hearts and sticks to card


The arts and creative activities should form a central part of efforts to improve mental health support through a new 10-year plan, government has been told. Responding to a consultation on what the plan should involve, the National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) said creative approaches should... read more
Wednesday, 03 August 2022

Members of the House of Lords open inquiry into future of creative industries to assess potential impact of emerging technologies.

The interior of the National Portrait Gallery

Herry Lawford/Creative Commons

An inquiry into the future of the UK’s creative industries and the impact new technologies such as artificial intelliegence and virtual reality could have on the sector has launched. The communications and digital select committee, made up of members of the House of Lords, said it wants to look... read more
Tuesday, 02 August 2022

Responding to an independent review into England’s local tourism bodies, DCMS commits to pilot project to test new ways of operating.

The Royal Pavilion Brighton

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The government has pledged £4m to overhaul the way visitor attractions are marketed and promoted at local level as part of efforts to boost tourism. Following an independent review of the existing system, conducted last year by Nick de Bois, Chair of the Advisory Board at VisitEngland, the... read more
Thursday, 28 July 2022

With two of Boris Johnson’s most senior cabinet ministers left in the running to replace him, what might the arts sector expect to change under new leadership?


Chris McAndrew

Either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak will become Prime Minister on September 5. As senior cabinet ministers in Boris Johnson’s government, both the current Foreign Secretary Truss, and Sunak, Chancellor until his recent resignation, have voting records in lockstep with the current Conservative agenda. ... read more
Thursday, 28 July 2022

A Memorandum of Understanding between cultural sector unions and the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee sets out a commitment to fair pay and diversity.



The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has pledged to ensure fair pay for creative sector workers during the Games and its six-month cultural programme. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), it also makes a commitment to ‘support and promote diversity in the engagement of professional creative... read more