GCSE results confirm drop in take-up of arts subjects

Also this week: private arts funding appetite to be weighed in £250k experiment, and BFI calls for filmmakers to defy Brexit with creativity

2 September 2016

Picture credit: Kingsmead School, photograph by Roger Brown for A New Direction

GCSE results confirm drop in take-up of arts subjects

Young people in England sat 44,000 fewer GCSEs in arts subjects this year, new figures have confirmed. The 7.7% drop on 2015 is significantly higher than the 0.4% overall fall in the number of GCSEs taken. Read more

Private arts funding appetite to be weighed in £250k experiment

A £250,000 crowdfunding programme is being launched to explore the potential of match-funding in the arts. Read more

BFI calls for filmmakers to defy Brexit with creativity

Speaking at the launch of the 2016 London Film Festival, British Film Institute chief executive, Amanda Nevill, declared "there's no Brexit at this festival." Read more

Balletboyz to release first ever feature-length film, Young Men

All-male dance troupe BalletBoyz is to release its first feature-length film, as well as a shorter version that will air on TV this year. Read more

London’s newest theatre has just opened – deep beneath the streets of Southwark

A former underground car park in Southwark has been converted into London’s newest and most unusual theatre venue. Read more


Careers in Tech Masterclass with XX-UX & Google

Create Jobs are delighted to announce our first project in partnership with XX-UX, hosted by Google, exploring career opportunities in tech for young Londoners. Book here

Great Fire 350

Take your pick from talks, exhibitions, performances, and more, telling the Great Fire's stories big and small, including London's Burning, a festival of arts and ideas produced by Artichoke, 30 August to 4 September. More info

London Film Festival 2016

The London Film Festival has announced its 2016 programme, and is set to screen a total of 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 world premieres, 8 international premieres and 39 European premieres. More info

Ideas Through Art: Poetry from the Personal

Octavia Poetry Collective will lead a workshop for educators exploring poetry as a method to understand and develop personal identities. Book here