Crowdfunding could lift arts funding by 17%

Crowdfunding is a genuine major new source of funding for the arts, according to a Nesta pilot programme whose findings are launched today and showed a 17% rise over current backers’ contributions.

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Brexit forces youth orchestra out of UK

The European Union Youth Orchestra, whose home has been in London for more than 40 years, is moving to Italy because of Brexit.

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Hudson takes over in Manchester

Alistair Hudson, director of Mima in Middlesbrough, is to succeed Maria Balshaw as head of both the Whitworth Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, following her move to become director of Tate.

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NY design team chosen for £250m Rattle Hall

The New York based design company Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been chosen to design the Barbican’s proposed new Centre for Music, expected to cost £250m to complete.

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Cambridge Junction boss moves to Norwich

Daniel Brine named as Norwich and Norfolk festival director

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New guide urges health and arts to get together

Local authorities and the NHS should work with arts organisations to prevent illness and improve wellbeing.

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Watercolours World site to be launched by Unsung Hero

Fred Hohler, who launched the Public Catalogue Foundation discovering and listing 230,000 oil paintings in the public ownership but not on view, has turned his attention to  watercolours.

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Hull’s £250m legacy culture plan

Hull, this year’s UK City of Culture, is to invest £250m to perpetuate its cultural development, with the Culture Company set up to programme the year made permanent.

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ENO Chief Executive to step down in June 2018

English National Opera chief executive Cressida Pollock, is stepping down in June next year after three years in charge.

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Dame Julia is critics’ toast

Dame Julia Peyton Jones, the former director of the Serpentine Gallery, has been awarded the Critics’ Circle Award for Visual Arts.

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