Arts news round-up
24 May 2016
EQUITY MOTION DEMANDS PROMOTION OF ‘DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE CASTING’
Organisations working under Equity agreements will now be called on to explicitly promote inclusive casting policies.
ACCESSIBLE CASTING VENUE DATABASE TO BE LAUNCHED
A new database promoting accessible casting venues is to be created.
EQUITY TO RAMP UP PRESSURE ON OPERA FUNDING IN WAKE OF ENO FURORE
Arts Council England is to face renewed pressure over its funding of opera, after performers called for increased efforts to protect the genre's subsidy.
EQUITY TO MAKE 2017 YEAR OF VARIETY AND CIRCUS
Next year will be Equity's dedicated year of variety, circus and entertainment, as part of a move that will see the union try to attract a new generation of variety performers.
EQUITY: MUMBLING IS FAULT OF ‘PROBLEM’ TVS, NOT ACTORS
Equity has refused calls from members to investigate actors mumbling in television dramas, claiming the problem lies instead with modern TVs.
ACTORS APPEAL FOR NEW FACES IN PROMINENT TV ROLES
Actors have called on the BBC and Channel 4 to actively cast more new talent in prominent roles in drama programmes.
SCREENINGS ARE CANNIBALISING LIVE AUDIENCES, SAYS ETO
The sector needs to start from scratch and develop a national strategy for screening or audiences will continue to lose out, warns English Touring Opera.
LENNY HENRY JOINS BROADCHURCH AFTER PREVIOUSLY SAYING DRAMA WAS TOO WHITE
Actor and comedian included ITV series in Bafta lecture highlighting lack of black, Asian and minority ethnic people on TV screens in UK
LET’S CUT FUNDING FOR WASTEFUL ARTS DEGREES TO SUPPORT APPRENTICESHIPS PROPERLY
Skills shortages aren’t new, but without a recalibration of our education and skills framework Britain risks being left behind other major global economies.
IT'S BOND, JANE BOND: GILLIAN ANDERSON THROWS HAT INTO THE RING TO BE NEXT 007
Star of The X-Files and The Fall puts herself into the running – alongside Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Damian Lewis – with Twitter poster
KEN LOACH'S WIN IS CHEERING – BUT I, DANIEL BLAKE'S BLUNTNESS MAY SHOCK BRITS
No one would begrudge the great director his second Palme d’Or victory for a drama with a noble, emphatic message. But it also illustrates the differences between the Cannes crowd and the wider film audience
ELIJAH WOOD: HOLLYWOOD’S CHILD SEX ABUSE COMPARABLE TO JIMMY SAVILE CASE
Lord of the Rings star draws parallels between attacks carried out by British TV personality and paedophile rings in Los Angeles
‘A STATE OF DESPERATION’: BATTLERS OF THE ARTS REFLECT ON AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FURORE
Meanjin, Next Wave festival, Express Media and Force Majeure are just four of 62 arts companies which had their funding cut by Australia Council
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND TO FUND ARTISTS AND COMPOSERS AHEAD OF LA SYNC LICENSING MISSION
Arts Council England will be providing funding for nine England-based artists and composers ahead of the Sync Licensing Mission to LA, organised by BPI, the MPA and UKTI.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEPRESSION IN MUSIC LAUNCHED BY HELP MUSICIANS UK
Help Musicians UK is commissioning the country’s first academic study into mental health in the music industry as part of its MAD (Music and Depression) campaign. This follows its 2014 survey, which found almost 60% of professional musicians had suffered from a psychological issue.
BRIAN FERGUSON: NO REAL RUMBLINGS OF DISCONTENT OVER HYSLOP
Anyone hoping that Nicola Sturgeon’s Cabinet reshuffle would have heralded a new era for the Scottish arts landscape will have been left disappointed last week.
NATIONAL THEATRE TO HOST UK’S FIRST ARTS SPONSORSHIP CONFERENCE
The National Theatre is to host the UK’s first conference on sponsorship in the arts.