Wednesday, 20 February 2019
The organisation, known for its new opera productions, will move into a Grade I-listed house owned by Mr Bean Director Paul Weiland. Ilford Arts’ new season will see a temporary venue for 240 people installed in the grounds of the house for its performance of L’Elisir D’Amore.
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
US photographer Nan Goldin has said she will not go ahead with a retrospective of her work at the National Portrait Gallery if it accepts a £1m donation from the Sackler family, which has a direct connection to the opioid crisis sweeping the US. 
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
The 2,500-seat Crown Theatre in Eccles, which hasn’t been used as a theatre since the early 1930s, will be turned into 80 flats after local councillors approved development plans earlier this month.
Monday, 18 February 2019
Hans and Julia Rausing made the donation to the Royal Academy of Arts postgraduate arts school to “ensure its success for the next 250 years”. The money will go towards a project that will create a campus with more space for artists to work in.
Monday, 18 February 2019
Over 300 people demonstrated against BP’s sponsorship of the museum’s temporary exhibition on the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal part in a protest organised by activist group ‘BP or not BP?’. The event also sought to draw attention to the links between BP and the Iraq War.
Friday, 15 February 2019
A working group has concluded that for the island to create “sufficient and sustainable” funding for the arts, it should centralise arts funding and reinvigorate the Guernsey Arts Commission.
Friday, 15 February 2019
Councillor Nuala McAllister said a decision to provide £40k each to four festivals in heavily unionist areas of Belfast was part of a “carve up” by unionist and nationalist councillors. She said the move undermined both the process of allocating funding and confidence in the arts sector.
Friday, 15 February 2019
The local authority in Neath Port Talbot has given the green light to a new budget with an increase in council tax and savings of £5.8m, which will include cuts to leisure centres and the arts.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Lawyers for the gallery defeated arguments put forward by the owners of the £4m flats that they were under “near constant surveillance” from visitors to the Tate’s popular top-floor terrace.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
A longitudinal study of low-income students in Florida – who were tracked from kindergarten to eighth grade – assessed the impact of choosing to study the arts on reading and maths scores, finding those who had taken these classes had better grades, and social and language skills, than their peers.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
The University College London-run venue, which opens this week after a three-and-a-half-year revamp, will investigate how research and theatre relate to each other through a new ‘Performance Lab’. One of the first acts will be an experiment by a neuroscience professor into what happens to the body when people laugh.
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Several actors have shared experiences online about adverts and auditions that either required information on or a set number of followers on platforms including Instagram and Twitter. The Casting Director’s Guild described the trend as “disheartening”.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
The Birley, set up by University of Central Lancashire graduates in 2014, is to take over the first floor of its Preston city centre premises and triple the available studio and project space.
Monday, 11 February 2019
A collective including representatives of the music and broadcasting industries has written an open letter arguing that the EU’s copyright directive should be halted, as it would risk leaving European rightsholders worse off. But the Council of Music Makers, which includes the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and the Musicians’ Union, says the directive proceedings should... read more
Monday, 11 February 2019
Major producer C Venues has lost the right to use Adam House, its base at the festival for almost 20 years, following accusations that it exploits its staff. The University of Edinburgh has handed the venue to rival outfit Gilded Balloon, after the Fair Fringe campaign claimed that C Venues’ business model was “built on exploitation, underpayment and overworked staff”.

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