Friday, 18 May 2018
Around half of the pupils benefitting from two multi-million-pound Government schemes aimed at widening access to prestigious arts schools came from households with incomes of over £30k.
Friday, 18 May 2018
Wigan Royal Court Theatre, which has been used as a bingo hall, bar and nightclub since it closed in 1974, has been purchased by arts organisation The Old Courts with plans to “restore it to its former glory”.
Friday, 18 May 2018
Regional theatre companies and venues including Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and the Mercury Theatre have committed to co-producing an annual mid-scale production, which will run at the participating venues and tour nationally from 2019 to 2022.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Harriet Harman MP has backed the #everychildamusician campaign, established by oboist Nicholas Daniel, calling on the Government to provide musical instruments and classes to all primary school children.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Falling Lottery revenues and policy changes favouring regional venues and smaller projects have led to more museums and galleries being rejected for large capital grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Awards of over £5m have been suspended for this year.
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Culture Minister Monika Grütters has announced plans to boost annual arts funding by around €300m in fulfilment of a 2017 election pledge, and as a signal that “culture is the foundation for our open and democratic society.”
Monday, 14 May 2018
Artistic Director and Chief Executive Sarah Brigham said she has received “phenomenal” support after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. A fundraising campaign led by her friends and colleagues has so far raised over £46k of the £60k she needs to access treatment in Germany, which isn’t offered by the NHS.
Monday, 14 May 2018
Collaboration between organisations including Arts Council England, the Association of Independent Museums and the Museums Association has resulted in a plan to implement the recommendations of a recent report on diversifying and developing the museums workforce.
Monday, 14 May 2018
The capital project has created 70% more public space, including a new suite of galleries, a lecture theatre, cafes and shops, and linked the Royal Academy’s two sites: Burlington House and Burlington Gardens.
Monday, 14 May 2018
The national arts funder has contacted several arts organisations ahead of a referendum on the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, which effectively bans abortion, to ensure they are not using their funding for political purposes. This follows the Charities Regulator issuing an order to an arts centre to remove a ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural.
Friday, 11 May 2018
The theatre, which has operated in temporary venues since it was founded in 1993, has announced it will move to a permanent venue in Elephant and Castle next year with a 300-seat flexible theatre space. In addition, a satellite venue in London Bridge will be home to its work with emerging artists, with two spaces of 150 and 200 seats.
Friday, 11 May 2018
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has approved planning proposals for a £90m theatre and civic centre, which will replace the 985-seat Assembly Hall.
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Lighting, sound equipment, staging materials, props and 100 costumes were stolen along with the van from secure premises in Farringdon, London. The company said the real loss was the £20k costumes, which were for the trainee ballet dancers’ upcoming showcase tour.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018
Revered theatre critic Lyn Gardner, who was contracted to write 130 reviews and 28,000 words of features a year for the newspaper, has had her contract discontinued. The move, which has been met with criticism from theatre leaders, follows the newspaper’s decision last year to cut Gardner’s 150 annual theatre blogs.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018
The new estimate by UK Theatre and SOLT – which is more than five times higher than initial predictions – warns that if the European regulations come into force, theatres would be in the “untenable position” of being unable to replace equipment as no suitable replacements currently exist.

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