Number of BAME arts workers must improve, says Arts Council report

16 December 2016

Also this week: Lloyd Webber makes School of Rock free to schools, and £186,000 awarded to eight choreography research projects

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Number of BAME arts workers must improve, says Arts Council report

Black and minority ethnic people make up 17% of English arts workforce and disabled people account for 4%, the new report finds. Read more

Prosper programme to give arts organisations business advice

A business support programme aimed at strengthening the resilience and investment readiness of arts organisations, museums and libraries in England will be launched in 2017. Read more

Lloyd Webber makes School of Rock free to schools

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to allow schools to stage their own version of his new musical School of Rock immediately and for free, in a bid to tackle what he sees as a decline in arts education. Read more

Peckham arts, culture and community space gets the go ahead

Plans to convert the under-used Peckham’s multi-storey car park into a thriving arts, culture and community space have taken a new step forward as Southwark Council officially hand a new lease for the building over to Makeshift. Read more

£186,000 awarded to eight choreography research projects

Research exploring “robotic structures” that audience members can wear and choreography inspired by Kung Fu are among projects awarded a share of £186,000 funding. Read more

BAFTA changes award rules so that only films fighting for diversity can win

After consulting with the BFI and leading film producers, BAFTA has decided to introduce eligibility criteria in the hope of increasing diversity in the industry. Read more

V&A museum asks artists to travel through time to tackle Brexit

The Victoria & Albert Museum is to examine Brexit by asking 12 artists to imagine how we might look back on modern Europe in 2,000 years. Read more

National and RSC sell 40% of subsidised tickets, report finds

The National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company accounted for 38% of all tickets sold by the top 60 subsidised theatres in England in 2014/15. Read more


Dulwich Winterlights

Featuring a special exhibition late of Adriaen van de Velde & Permanent Collection, atmospheric winter lights trail, weekend Christmas market, and pop-up choirs. Find out more

Fourth Plinth Schools Awards 2017

The Fourth Plinth Schools Award will launch on the 9th January, with London’s primary and secondary schoolchildren being invited to create artworks inspired by artwork on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Find out more

The Mayor's Education Conference

The next Mayor's Education Conference is at City Hall on Friday 24 February 2017. This free, invitation-only event is for head teachers, principals and senior school leaders. The theme this year is ‘what does it take to provide a world class education in London?’ Find out more