ICOM UK, with support from the British Council (BC), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.
Between the mid-1950s and the early 1980s, Britain witnessed a boom in theatre building, at a range of scales from modest amateur venues to such multi-auditorium complexes as the National Theatre. The acceleration in theatre building was in response to post-war regeneration and the Housing the Arts scheme. Theatres built in this period are now reaching a critical point in their lifespan and many are in need of refurbishment and rejuvenation.
English National Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, Without Walls, Open School East and firstsite are just a few of the 831 National Portfolio Organisations that will be funded by Arts Council England for 2018 to 2022.
There are 183 new organisations named NPOs with 155 new organisations that are outside London, an increase of regional organisations by 4.6% on the 2015-2018 period. This means a total of £1.6 billion will be invested in 844 projects over the next four years, £170 million of which will go to organisations outside of London.
Creative Europe's Cooperation Projects has seen 30 UK culture, creative industries and heritage organisations granted €3.2 million to work with European partners. This is a 30% increase in UK involvement from 2016. The last round of applications took place after the EU Referendum result.
The UK is above average in successfully bidding for funds at 22% compared to 14% programme-wide. This shows that the UK and EU arts and culture sectors still want to collaborate.
ICOM UK, with support from Heritage Without Borders (HWB), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel to Europe and greater Europe to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is embracing Arts Awards to support and encourage young people to grow as artists and arts leaders. This May half term, there is a free offer on the introductory Discover Award, a certificate aimed at primary school aged children.
Discover is the first of five Arts Award levels. Together the levels are designed to inspire young people aged up to 25 to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Arts Awards is a national programme offering challenges in all art forms - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.
Off the Surface is a collaborative exhibition between the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), London.
Runs Saturday 20 May – Sunday 9 July 2017
The Museums Association has published its 2017 Museums in the UK report, which highlights the increased popularity of museums and alternative ways of raising funds upon a backdrop of government spending cuts on museums, especially for devolved nations.
The report gathered data from organisations across the UK for the report on the year 2015-16.
The official Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) museum report will follow soon.
Key findings include:
Studio Wayne McGregor has opened a creative arts space for making. It is the new home for multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE and his company of dancers, Company Wayne McGregor, and will be a unique resource for artists and communities. Studio Wayne McGregor encompasses all of our creative output including creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science; and highly specialised Learning and Engagement and Research programmes.
Arts Council England has published its priorities post triggering of Article 50, and its belief in the importance international cultural exchange and collaboration.