Arts suffering from 'class-shaped hole', Labour inquiry finds

Arts suffering from 'class-shaped hole', Labour inquiry finds

The arts industry is suffering from a “class-shaped hole”, a Labour Party inquiry says. The Acting Up report suggests the high audition costs for drama school is one of several factors deterring people from working class backgrounds from entering the arts. It also recommends more school trips to the theatre to encourage young pupils. The government said it was a “priority” to ensure everyone can take part in the arts and culture, including in schools….

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Arts funding: Major English venues cut, with more money for the regions

Arts funding: Major English venues cut, with more money for the regions

Four of England’s biggest arts venues have had their public funding cut to help boost culture in the regions. The National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company will lose £2.5m of Arts Council England funding per year between them. Arts Council chair Sir Nicholas Serota said funding for 2018-2022 would “take more money out of London”. An extra £42.5m per year will be spent outside London, with 183 organisations added to…

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In pictures: Entertainment and arts honours

In pictures: Entertainment and arts honours

A host of leading figures from the world of arts and entertainment have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. They include two Connollys, a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest and a veteran Hollywood actress who turns 101 this year. Here are pictures of and quotes from some of those honoured. Billy Connolly, the Scottish comedian and actor known to millions as ‘The Big Yin’, receives a knighthood for services to entertainment and charity….

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Designs approved for Manchester's £110m Factory arts venue

Designs approved for Manchester's £110m Factory arts venue

Plans for a new £110m arts venue in Manchester have been given the final go-ahead by the city council. The Factory will host theatre, music, art and other cultural performances from some of the world’s biggest names. It will be designed by architect Rem Koolhaas’s studio OMA, with £78m of the budget coming from the government. Located on part of the former Granada Studios site, it will contain two performance spaces, with a total capacity…

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