TAITMAIL  How Wonder Boy and Captain Chatter are breaking the funding mould

TAITMAIL How Wonder Boy and Captain Chatter are breaking the funding mould

There’s a mystical charm about how Ross Willis’s play Wonder Boy is being got on national tour that is counterintuitively uplifting in this worst of times for the arts economy. A play, whose subject matter you would think would make it out of the question for any hard-pressed presenting house, is going to get a 12-week 11 theatre tour, with a message its supporters are saying should get it into the national curriculum.

ACE backs off from 'activism' threat

ACE backs off from 'activism' threat

Arts Council England has backed off from threats to cut funding to organisations they find are “engaging in activism”, admitting that its update “was open to misinterpretation”.

Canadian Saltzman to be Barbican arts director

Canadian Saltzman to be Barbican arts director

Devyani Saltzman, the director of public programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, is to be the Barbican’s director for arts and participation, completing the arts centre’s management reconstruction under CEO Claire Spencer.

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 lottery cash plummets

Lottery money going to good causes fell by £76.7m in the first quarter of this year which will be knocked on to funding for the arts and heritage via Arts Council England the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 18% drop follows a slump in lottery ticket sales. Camelot, which runs the lottery, admitted that the 2016-17 features were well short of expectations and that a further decline expected in 2017/18.

Since its inception in 1994 the Lottery has given more than £37 billion to good causes through the National Lottery Distribution Fund, and the benefit to the arts had steadily risen to a high of £449.4m in 2015-16. But in 2016-17 the figure was almost halved to £249.4m.

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