Arts centres post 20% turnover growth

Some of the UK’s leading arts centres have boosted their takings by nearly 20% during the past three years.

GOOD PRACTICE	Highfliers meet the Swans

GOOD PRACTICE Highfliers meet the Swans

Bromley-based Magpie Dance supports people with learning difficulties through dance, and this year embarked on its biggest ever tour with its training company. Operations co-ordinator Jessica Lucy Richards reports

THE WORD Reliable structures need dependable foundations

Christopher Gordon  argues that the current crisis in local authority cultural funding, highlighted by the plight of the new art gallery Walsall, could have been avoided – two decades ago

DEA BIRKETT	Our ring of confidence

DEA BIRKETT Our ring of confidence

Dea Birkett invites us all to join
 her in the big top

HERITAGE Charterhouse, London’s medieval secret

HERITAGE Charterhouse, London’s medieval secret

The Museum of London is about to open a new museum inside a little known historic building that is a direct route through London’s story to the Black Death. Simon Tait reports

AI PROFILE Making a Mark

AI PROFILE Making a Mark

Mark Dobson, Royal Exchange Theatre

Marten wins Turner – and shares prize again

Marten wins Turner – and shares prize again

winning £25,000, just three weeks after she was name the inaugural winner of the new £30,000 Hepworth Prize for sculpture.

Ex-ACE boss vetoed for C4 board

Ex-ACE boss vetoed for C4 board

Althea Enfushile, who retired as deputy chief executive of Arts Council England in October, has been revealed as the black woman vetoed by DCMS from joining the Channel 4 board.

Oldham’s new Coliseum gets green light

ACE agrees £7m grant for theatre plan

Private giving soars 21% - ACE report

Private investment in the arts has risen by an unexpected 21%, with more than half of the new money coming from individual private donations, according to a new Arts Council report on donations and sponsorship.

Our ‘hideously white’ theatre

UK theatre is “hideously white”, according to a report published today for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, with BAME performers the victims of unconscious biase and habitually overlooked for roles in favour of white actors.

Oxford Litfest to pay writers

The Oxford Literary Festival has agreed to pay authors who appear at next year’s events an author fee of £150.

A cathedral for design

A cathedral for design

The Design Museum has opened in Kensington in the former Commonwealth Institute, in a minimalist “retuning” of the building that gives three times the space of the museum’s former home. Simon Tait reports

Hammond: arts spending to be maintained – but no help for councils

Government spending on arts and culture is to be maintained at present levels for the next four years, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn Statement.

Chancellor’s £7.6m to save stately Wentworth Woodhouse

Chancellor Philip Hammond has given £7.6m as a start up grant to save a Yorkshire stately home.

Camden's Lomax steps down

Moves and changes in arts appointments

Barbican lighting deal to transform arts centre

Barbican lighting deal to transform arts centre

The Barbican has made a sponsorship deal with Christie, the light and sound engineers, that will transform its foyer and entrance areas.

Fabric to reopen after Night Czar intervenes

The West End night club Fabric, closed by Islington Council after the drugs-related deaths of two teenagers there, is to reopen after the intervention of Amy Lamé, London’s new “Night Czar”, according to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.