Passion for giving

Passion for giving

The Poole Passion is a not-for-profit community theatre project, amateur and local artists coming together to donate their skills to present productions for the very young and elderly of Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset, drawing on medieval passion plays for inspiration.

ACE moves to help authors in sales crisis

The Arts Council is setting up a support structure for literary fiction authors in the face of a slump in retail book sales, revealed in an ACE report published today.

Massive boost for Scottish arts

Creative Scotland gets 20% increase: culture funding up by 10%

'Best fun' circus capitals named for 2018

'Best fun' circus capitals named for 2018

Acrobats perform yards from where the first circus was established in 1768 in an open field on the south bank of the Thames opposite Westminster, to herald plans for next year’s 250th anniversary.

Small museums to get national share

Small museums to get national share

A scheme to allow small museums around the country to display objects from national collections was launched today by the Art Fund.

Concerts boost theatre earnings

UK Theatres figures show music outdoes panto as revenue-earner

Horsecross chief departs

Gibbons leaves as historic Perth venue reopens

Government reverse on Efunshile C4 board place

Government reverse on Efunshile C4 board place

Former Arts Council deputy CEO Althea Efunshile, is to join the board of Channel 4 in a u-turn by the government that blocked her appointment a year ago.

In 2016 Ofcom recommended five“highly qualified”candidates to culture secretary Karen Bradley to fil vacancies on the Channel 4 board, of whom four were white males. Efunshile, the only black woman candidate, was rejected with no satisfactory explanation being given. It prompted questions in the House when the prime minister was forced to defend the decision.

Today DCMS announced Efunshile, who retired from the Arts Council last year after being awarded a CBE for her services to the arts, was to be one of four new non-executive directors of C4.

A DCMS spokesman said today that this time Efunshile has met the criteria for a different non-executive role than were sought last year - this a person “with “experience working and/or engaging with young people, for example from an organisation with an educational purpose” was required. Efunshile is also chair of the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries.

The nation’s record £40m gifts

The nation’s record £40m gifts

Treasures of arts and heritage worth £44m, a record, came into public ownership through tx deals this year, according to Arts Council England.

MOVIES    Saving cinema

MOVIES Saving cinema

The unique Cinema Museum in a former Lambeth workhouse is fighting for survival. Simon Tait reports

Coventry it is

Coventry has been chosen to be the next UK City of Culture, in succession to this year’s choice of Hull.

AI PROFILE   Girl gangs of Hoxton

AI PROFILE Girl gangs of Hoxton

Karena Johnson, artistic director and chief executive of Hoxton Hall

Opera survey shows barriers to overcome

Classic FM study shows 40% deterred by opera’s image

Museum expansion plans at Birmingham and Swindon

Two museums are embarking on ambitious expansion plans.

George the Poet becomes ACE’s youngest member

George the Poet becomes ACE’s youngest member

The spoken word performer George the Poet, 26, has joined the Establishment by becoming Arts Council England’s youngest member.

English Heritage announces job cuts plan

More than 80 jobs at risk

Record treasure finds, says BM

Record treasure finds, says BM

Last year new treasure finds by members of the public amounted to 1,120 in 2016, the highest since the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) began in 1997.

YOUTH   Forbidden music

YOUTH Forbidden music

Disabled and disadvantaged young musicians are being barred from training, but a consortium of three major venues around the country has vowed to open opportunities for them. Simon Tait reports