Arts news round-up
28 November 2014
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CULTURE IS ZERO, CONCLUDES REPORT
A team making recommendations to the Government on how public money can be spent most effectively finds the impact of culture projects to be limited in both scope and scale.
Charitable income shores up cultural institutions
Fundraising success at DCMS-funded cultural organisations and Arts Council England NPOs is leading to a shrinking proportion of their revenue coming from grant in aid.
SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO 'LEFT BEHIND' BY STONYHURST COLLEGE
A rare book of Shakespeare plays found in a French town was "left behind" when a school now based in Lancashire was expelled from the area, it is claimed.
BBC CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT MAY MOVE TO COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION SUBSIDIARY
Tony Hall’s ‘compare and compete’ strategy could see section follow Panorama in being produced by stand-alone subsidiary NewCo
BBC ACCUSED OF BANNING WOMEN OVER 40 FROM TOP PRESENTING ROLES
Labour MP says TV companies should have to explain why jobs go to men over 70 while younger women struggle
CHILDREN AT THE THEATRE ARE BEST SEEN AND HEARD: ADULTS PLEASE NOTE
Young people don’t hide their emotional responses to what happens on stage. That’s why going to a Christmas show with a child is one of theatre-going’s greatest pleasures
EXODUS GODS AND KINGS CASTING CONTROVERSY: RIDLEY SCOTT WOULD NEVER CAST 'MOHAMMAD SO-AND-SO FROM SUCH-AND-SUCH' IN LEAD ROLE
Ridley Scott has said it would be impossible to finance films if his lead actor was an unknown called "Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such".
EDINBURGH IN SEARCH OF VISION FOR ARTS FUTURE
EDINBURGH is to mount a bid to bolster its status as a culture capital in the wake of concerns over a lack of new venues, growing competition from around the world and a lack of support for grassroots arts.
HAYDN GWYNNE AND ROSEMARY SQUIRE CALL FOR QUOTAS ON WOMEN IN THEATRE
Actor Haydn Gwynne and Ambassador Theatre Group joint chief executive Rosemary Squire have called for quotas on the number of jobs for women in theatre, in order to combat the “frightening” gender imbalance in the industry.
WEST END BACKSTAGE WORKERS AGREE TO NEW PAY DEAL
West End workers have voted overwhelming in favour of a new three-year pay deal negotiated between backstage union BECTU and the Society of London Theatre.