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The Creative Industries Federation has withdrawn from an election event with Jeremy Corbin because the Labour Party would not commit as much time to the event as the other major parties.

Labour’s £1b arts pledge

Labour has pledged £1 billion for a new Culture Capital Fund if it wins next month’s general election.

RAs launch £3m anniversary appeal

RAs launch £3m anniversary appeal

Some of the country’s finest artists joined today to launch the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary appeal.

Southbank’s O’Connor takes on The Place

Clare O’Connor, head of fundraising at the Southbank Centre, is to be the new chief executive at The Place contemporary dance centre.

SIMON TAIT'S DIARY   Another fine film festival...

SIMON TAIT'S DIARY Another fine film festival...

A monochrome moment of history embellishes the Southend Film Festival when local boys Laurel and Hardy make an appearance.

PATRICK KELLY'S BACK PAGE   Pick of the best to come

PATRICK KELLY'S BACK PAGE Pick of the best to come

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, one of the largest arts festivals in England, will take place from May 12 to 28.

PASSING BY...

PASSING BY...

The judgement of the people on the other side of the footlights can be over-estimated, says Antony Thorncroft

NCA in election call

Arts campaign group asks public to quiz candidates

Box office boost for UK theatres

UK theatres had a box office boost in 2016, taking a record £1.12 billion in ticket sales.

MY STORY Edged harmony

Inua Ellams, born in Nigeria in 1984 but educated in Britain, is a poet,
visual artist, designer, performer and playwright. His third play at the National Theatre, Barber Shop Chronicles, opens in preview on May 30. Directed by Bijan Sheibani it is based on Ellams’s observations of barber shops around the world as a forum for African men’s talk.

MUSIC   Eamonn and his  Shetland trowies  take on the world

MUSIC Eamonn and his Shetland trowies take on the world

‘The Virtual Conductor’, who is in the final for the $25,000 International Songwriting Competition first prize, is actually a 24-year old with Asperger’s Syndrome who rarely leaves his home in one of the remotest parts of the United Kingdom, a magical place that is his inspiration. Already an award winner, he is Shetlander Eamonn Watt and this is his story.

Search for Rattle Hall team begins

The search has officially begun to fund the design team to create the Centre for Music, nicknamed “Rattle Hall”, to be built on the site of the Museum of London.

MUSEUMS   The class law

MUSEUMS The class law

The new National Justice Museum is taking the lessons of the past and turning courtrooms into classrooms to teach the law of the land

MUSEUMS   A dolly mixture of a museum prize

MUSEUMS A dolly mixture of a museum prize

The shortlist of the 2017 Art Fund Prize Museum of the Year is an eclectic choice that reflects the diversity of the country’s museum offer

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE   Relaxing about autism

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Relaxing about autism

Is making theatre more accessible to people with autism enough? Tim Webb, artistic director of Oily Cart, shows how theatre can do much more

THE WORD   The creative manifesto

THE WORD The creative manifesto

The arts and creativity stand to figure larger in this general election than any other on several fronts, and John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, has drawn up a manifesto

THEATRE   Signpost out of the deaf ghetto

THEATRE Signpost out of the deaf ghetto

With an associateship with the Bush Theatre and a new production about to tour, Deafinitely Theatre is entering a new phase as the country’s only professional theatre company for the deaf. But, as Deafinitely’s artistic director Paula Garfield (left) tells Simon Tait, it
 is getting harder for deaf artists to become professional actors sell-out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe

DEA BIRKETT   Look at it that way

DEA BIRKETT Look at it that way

The arts tend to preach to the converted, thinks Dea Birkett, when in the real world they should be challenging