Arts Council England CEO: local arts cuts are bigger concern than Brexit

23 September 2016

Also this week: National Theatre launches Brexit verbatim project and Philip Pullman calls for UK to adopt EU plans to protect authors' royalties

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Darren Henley: local arts cuts are a bigger concern than Brexit

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley has called the decline in local authority funding “the most immediate concern” for the sector. He has also urged local councils to talk to the Arts Council before taking the axe to their arts budgets. Read more

Can Italy make its teens more cultured – by giving them €500 each?

As of this month, Italy’s school-leavers are eligible for a handout to spend on cultural purchases. Read more

National Theatre launches Brexit verbatim project

The National Theatre has begun interviewing people from across the country to tell the story of the vote to leave the European Union. Director Rufus Norris said the company was gathering a “massive verbatim archive” that future shows will be developed from. Read more

Philip Pullman calls for UK to adopt EU plans to protect authors' royalties

His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has welcomed a “badly need[ed]” new proposal from the European Commission that would protect authors who achieve unexpected success from missing out on royalties. Read more

Lyric Hammersmith achieves four-star environmental rating

The Lyric Hammersmith has been named among the most sustainable arts organisations in the country. Read more

Historic Coronet Theatre granted one year reprieve from closure

The Coronet in Elephant and Castle, which previously announced its closure, has confirmed that it will be able to stay open until at least 2018. Read more

Business fund gives £5K to Camden People’s Theatre and New Diorama

Camden People’s Theatre and the New Diorama Theatre have each received £5,000 towards projects that engage their local communities. The money has been awarded by the Regent’s Place Community Fund. Read more


Education, Place, Culture - Session Two: Place

There are a few spaces remaining for the second of our three sessions for cultural organisations taking place on 27th September. This session will focus on ‘Place’ - looking at the physical, economic and social changes that are happening across London that impact on the lives of young Londoners. Book here

Under the Skin: Live Poetry at St Paul's

In collaboration with St Paul’s Cathedral, Poet in the City has commissioned five of London’s greatest poets for a night of live performance. Book here

Arts Award Support Surgery

If you are a trained Arts Award adviser looking for support developing your Arts Award offer in your setting, join us at our support surgery on the 5th October 2016. Book here