Slashed portrait of NPG founder back on show

A portrait of Thomas Carlyle, one of the founders of the National Portrait Gallery, slashed by a Suffragette in 1914, went back on display today.

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'Brand Britain will lose global lead with Brexit' businesses believe

Nearly 80% of the UK’s creative industries believe Britain could lose its global cultural leadership thanks to Brexit.

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Marin Alsop shatters another musical glass ceiling

Marin Alsop, the former music director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, has broken another male barrier by being appointed chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Theatre school scraps audition fees

Liverpool Theatre School has become the first of its kind to abolish audition charges, traditionally levied on prospective students and unaffordable for many. 

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Scotland cuts Edinburgh Fringe funding

The Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival, has expressed its dismay at losing all of its government £70,000 a year subsidy in Creative Scotland’s three year budget announced today.

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Councils’ funding crisis threat to theatres

Local authorities’ funding shortfalls are leading the closure of viable theatres, said Theatres Trust director Jon Morgan today.

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ACE launches new £93.7m fund

Arts Council England today announced a new development fund, replacing the lottery-fuelled Grant for the Arts Scheme and with £13m a year more.

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Jackson to add Lord of the Rings magic to WWI centenary

Never-before-seen World War I footage has been transformed into a feature film by Peter Jackson, creator of the Lord of the Rings films, in a commission by the BBC and Imperial War Museum for the last year of the 14-18 NOW artistic commemorations of the First World War.

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Jude Kelly to stand down at Southbank

Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre for 12 years, is to leave in May.

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'Arts need to open up to young' - Serota

The UK’s arts organisation need to open up more, especially to the young and the disadvantaged, according to an Arts Council report published today.

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