Sackler suspends arts donations

Sackler suspends arts donations

The Sackler Trust has suspended “all new philanthropic giving” following a growing controversy over the source of its fortune.

Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as most popular

Tate Modern overtakes British Museum as most popular

Tate Modern has overtaken the British Museum as the most visited museum in Britain, according to the latest Art Newspaper annual list of the world’s most popular venues.

Moira Sinclair to chair Clore Leadership

Moira Sinclair to chair Clore Leadership

Clore Fellow Moira Sinclair, CEO of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, is the new chair of the Clore Leadership Programme.

£5m for new children’s arts programme

£5m for new children’s arts programme

A new £5m DCMS/Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership will benefit 10,000 young people, culture secretary Jeremy Wright has announced.

Tate latest to turn away from Sackler

Tate latest to turn away from Sackler

Tate has announced that it will accept no more gifts from the Sackler family charities, following the National Portrait Gallery’s decision this week to refuse a £1m gift.

Red House to merge with Snape

Red House to merge with Snape

The Britten-Pears Foundation created at the Red House, Aldeburgh, by the composer Benjamin Britten and the singer Peter Pears is to merge with Snape Maltings, the concert hall they founded in Suffolk.

TAITMAIL   Twinkling under the Stratford gloss

TAITMAIL Twinkling under the Stratford gloss

Post-Olympic Stratford is booming. The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, University College London and even the London College of Fashion are all settling in at the Olympic Park, or what Boris Johnson called Olympicopolis. It’s getting a £2.3bn international quarter for global corporations, the 34-storey Sky View Tower and the 14-storey City West Tower. Even the multi-storey car park by the station is to turn its top level over to a roof garden.

Dancing in the streets

Dancing in the streets

Behind the gloss of post-Olympic prosperity, the communities of Newham are still seriously challenged. For 30 years East London Dance has been lifting their hearts and aspirations and now, as it prepares for its third Ideas Summit, it is contemplating its own biggest step forward. Simon Tait talks to its director, Polly Risbridger

New team at Birmingham Rep

New team at Birmingham Rep

And a change at Sheffield’s industrial museums

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has chosen Sean Foley as its new artistic director.

MPs call for arts subjects on Ebacc

MPs call for arts subjects on Ebacc

Music education damaging talent pipeline, says committee

THE WORD    Art breaking the gender gap

THE WORD Art breaking the gender gap

Anita Choudhrie on why it is time for the gender imbalance in art to be evened up

NPG rejects £1m Sackler sponsorship

NPG rejects £1m Sackler sponsorship

The National Portrait Gallery has turned down £1m in sponsorship from the Sackler Trust because of the controversy over the drug OxyContin produced by the Sackler pharmaceutical company.

London puts culture on the map

London puts culture on the map

The capital’s cultural infrastructure from pubs to recording studios to libraries is being made on a free interactive online map https://www.london.gov.uk/cultural-infrastructure-map.

What's up in...   Norwich

What's up in... Norwich

AI looks at what's coming up around the country – this week, the arts in Norwich

London borough to give every under 11 free theatre trip

London borough to give every under 11 free theatre trip

Southwark scheme pledges £500,000.

2m teenagers to get new creative careers chance

2m teenagers to get new creative careers chance

A new programme devised by creative industries leaders is aimed at giving career chances to 2m youngsters.

Lost words carved in stone for posterity

Lost words carved in stone for posterity

Words from nature deleted from the Oxford Children’s Junior Dictionary are being immortalised by artists in an exhibition opening on Friday (March 15) at Snape Maltings Lettering Centre in Suffolk.

Wordsworth’s £6m birthday present

Wordsworth’s £6m birthday present

William Wordsworth’s 250th birthday in 2020 will see a £6.2m expansion of the museum devoted to him at his home village of Grasmere in Cumbria, the Wordsworth Trust has announced.

Central cleared of racism

Central cleared of racism

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – graded gold standard for its teaching, the highest achievable level - has been cleared of racism by rejecting quotas for black and mixed ethnic applicants.

All Leicester museums' curators to go in council cuts

All Leicester museums' curators to go in council cuts

All four posts go in cost-cutting review

Industry warning on school music

Industry warning on school music

Survey shows growing gap between state and private schools

Huckle’s new 1st City contemporary music role

Huckle’s new 1st City contemporary music role

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) has appointed Seb Huckle to the new post of executive director.

£20.5m concert venue for Liverpool

£20.5m concert venue for Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is to build a new 400-seat concert hall, for students and public.

Maestra! Covent Garden boost for women conductors

Maestra! Covent Garden boost for women conductors

The Royal Opera has chosen International Women’s Day today to announce two new women conductors' courses.

Major drop in arts GCSEs, figures show

Ebacc fallout continues

Fewer pupils are taking arts subjects at GCSE, new figures reveal.

Data released by the Department for Education shows that entries to GCSE arts subjects fell by a further 46,000 last year, a drop of 9% drop over the past 12 months.  Entries in every arts subject area have fallen by at least 3,000 since last year, and three subjects – Drama; Media, Film and TV Studies; and Art and Design subjects – each decreased by over 6,000 entries.

This comes at the same time as entries to core English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects in continue to grow

Campiagners say that the decline in arts subjects popularity amongst 16 year olds shows that  EBacc is squeezing the arts out of schools.

“These new figures confirm that the EBacc is having a devastating effect on the uptake of creative subjects at GCSE and A Level,” a spokesperson for Bacc for the Future said.

“This evidence, on top of research published by the University of Sussex identifying the negative impact the EBacc is having on the provision of and uptake of music in schools, needs urgent attention from the Government.

“The Secretary of State must listen to the evidence and the teachers on the front line and scrap the EBacc in its current form before any more damage is done.”

The decline in take-up of arts at GCSE has also hit AS levels, with arts entries down by  43,000 since 2016. The fall was most pronounced in Art and Design Subjects, which fell by 21,000 entries (52%); Drama, which fell by 9,000 entries (65%); and Performing / Expressive Arts, which fell from 3,700 entries to 910 entries – a 75% drop.

 

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