Birmingham cuts arts budget by 100%

Birmingham cuts arts budget by 100%

The city of Birmingham, once the flagship for local authority support for culture, is cutting all its arts funding from the next financial year.

TAITMAIL    The Albany, Lewisham’s cultural anchor

TAITMAIL The Albany, Lewisham’s cultural anchor

The craze for “Year of Culture” designation seemed to have got out of hand after Brexit when we lost qualification for the European City of Culture, so famously and successfully celebrated for the UK by Glasgow and then Liverpool.

‘Scary’ ACE threat over 'political statements'

‘Scary’ ACE threat over 'political statements'

Culture organisations have been warned that they may lose their Arts Council England funding if they are found to be “engaging in activism”.

Albany and Hamlyn embed culture in the community

Albany and Hamlyn embed culture in the community

A south London arts centre is taking lessons learned from Lewisham’s year as Borough of Culture to expand its community culture programme.

THE WORD  Where are the missing 6m art lovers who aren’t buying?

THE WORD Where are the missing 6m art lovers who aren’t buying?

Gallerist Ann Petherick on the crisis facing commercial art galleries

Sam McShane moves to Kings Place

Sam McShane moves to Kings Place

Manchester Camerata’s creative director, Sam McShane, is to be King’s Place’s new artistic director.

Kwei-Armah quits Young Vic with arts funding side-swipe

Kwei-Armah quits Young Vic with arts funding side-swipe

Kwasi Kwei-Amah is to leave his job as artistic director of the Young Vic, with an attack on the standstill in arts subsidy and calling for government intervention.

Leveson moves to RSC

Leveson moves to RSC

Andrew Leveson, director of finance and administration at the Bridge Theatre in London, is to be the next executive director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

TAITMAIL   Who is Surrey, what is she?

TAITMAIL Who is Surrey, what is she?

How can your neighbourhood’s ambitions for a cultural presence be realised, with the conventional sources of help - local authorities facing bankruptcy and central government turning a blind eye - unavailable?

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM   Image of the Month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Baby Feet by Roger Bamber, 18th February 1993, The Guardian.

ENO strike postponed

ENO strike postponed

The Musicians Union and Equity have suspended the strike by musicians and chorus of English National Opera, due to start tomorrow with the opening of the company’s new production of The Handmaid’s Tale, which will now go ahead.

£15m levelling up arts boost

£15m levelling up arts boost

Another £15.2m is being available by the government to boost levelling up for access to cultural venues, DCMS has announced.

Surrey leads the way with county culture strategy

Surrey leads the way with county culture strategy

Surrey has published a ten-year culture strategy for the county as “a rallying cry to all those who believe in the power and the impact of the arts in changing lives in our society”.

TAITMAIL   Don’t stop your culture!

TAITMAIL Don’t stop your culture!

DSYF! is the text message issuing from the postings of Idris Elba and his supporters, short for “Don’t Stop Your Future!” Their message is, of course, against knife crime which has reached epidemic proportions, particularly in London, Elba’s home.

King Charles banknotes go on show

King Charles banknotes go on show

New banknotes with the head of Charles III are to go on public display for the first time next month, before they go into circulation.

ACE extends Portfolio by a year

ACE extends Portfolio by a year

Arts organisations subsidised through Arts Council England’s National Portfolio are to have an extra year’s funding “in response to the external challenges our sector is facing”, it was announced today.

ENO strike goes ahead

ENO strike goes ahead

English National Opera’s musicians, chorus and music staff are to strike from February 1.

Dimbleby to chair Bristol Beacon

Dimbleby to chair Bristol Beacon

Journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby is to chair the Bristol Beacon, formerly Colston Hall, as its CEO since 2011 Louise Mitchell steps down.

Jay Hunt to chair BFI

Jay Hunt to chair BFI

The TV creative director Jay Hunt has been appointed chair of the British Film Institute, culture secretary Lucy Frazer announced today. She will take on the four-year unpaid role on February 16.

Suffolk to cut all its arts budget

Suffolk to cut all its arts budget

East Anglian arts organisations have warned of the devastating damage that would be done if Suffolk County Council follows through with its pledge to cut 100% from its arts budget.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the Month

Salvador Dali by George Elam, 5th May 1959, The Daily Mail

Arts in the New Year Honours

Arts in the New Year Honours

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Churches benefit from £42m conservation fund

Churches benefit from £42m conservation fund

Nearly 5,000 religious buildings of all denominations across the UK have received conservation grants worth £42m from the Listed Places of Worship Scheme, DCMS has announced.

ENO musicians vote to strike

ENO musicians vote to strike

Musicians Union members of English National Opera’s orchestra and music staff have voted overwhelmingly to strike in protest at plans to axe 19 posts and make their jobs part-time.

Fed pulls out of Labour event

The Creative Industries Federation has withdrawn from an election event with Jeremy Corbin because the Labour Party would not commit as much time to the event as the other major parties.

Following the appearance of the Tories’ Matt Hancock, the culture minister, on Wednesday, the Labour leader and arts spokesman Tom Watson were to taken part in a similar event  on Monday in Hull.

“As Labour informed us that they were no longer able to devote a similar amount of time to questioning as the other parties have agreed to, we invited them to reconsider” said CIF chief executive John Kampfner. “When we could not agree, we had no choice but to pull out of the event.”

Similar events with the Liberal Democrats on Tuesday and the Scottish National Party on Friday are expected to go ahead.

 

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