Archive for November, 2017

Budget highlights for creatives

Here are some highlights of yesterday’s Budget, of relevance to freelancers and small business: * From April 2018, a personal tax-free earnings allowance of £11,850 a year. Pay no tax, on annual earnings up to that amount. Good for artists and other low-income freelancers. * “No business will be required to use the Making Tax […]


University libraries in the Midlands are now so noisy, they need expensive acoustically-damped HushPods.

Report: Bridging the Gap

There’s a new “Bridging the Gap” report on the arts and humanities in the UK. It’s the result of a one-year examination of how to improve collaborative funding-based projects with external partners. The universities were outside London, and the partners ranged from monoliths (such as the BBC and the National Trust) to local museums, theatres […]

The 2017 Arts Index – a broadly positive picture for the UK

Ahead of the Budget, the advocacy organization National Campaign for the Arts has its bi-annual report out, on the health of UK arts funding. The 2017 Arts Index has been updated with statistics from 2014/15 and 2015/16. Note that they’ve translated all their figures into “per person”, which means the ever-rising UK population will appear […]

Lecturer in Popular Fiction, Birmingham

Lecturer in Popular Fiction, University of Birmingham, UK. “The successful candidate will have research expertise in popular genre fiction (with Horror, the Thriller, Noir, Mystery, or Young/New Adult as areas of research interest that would be particularly desirable).” On the slim assumption that this is a rare English Literature centre that hasn’t effectively become a […]

Digital histories

“The Museum of London has started contacting digital agencies and web designers from the 90s and early 2000s in order to locate saved content. At the same time the museum will be running an oral history project to document the untold story of the beginnings of the Web in London. At the same time the […]

Power to the people

A new report from environmental consultancy Julie’s Bicycle for the Arts Council shows that… “a core group of 136 arts organisations have been reporting energy use since 2012/13. The total kilowatts per hour they consume – of electricity, gas and on-site renewables – have dropped by 22% over the period. This includes a 9% decrease […]

Exhibitionists wanted in Stratford.

A fab West Midlands job, just appeared: the Royal Shakespeare Company requires an Exhibitions Officer, in Stratford-upon-Avon.