The art world has some work to do on the gender pay gap
submitted to the Government Equalities Office showed the UK art industry is performing worse than some other sectors and the top UK action houses pay
women between 22% - 37% less than men. Let’s get to work!
Online art sales rose to $4.22 billion in 2017 but the pace of growth is slowing. Find out more in Hiscox
’ annual Online Art Trade Report
Art imports slump 21% due to the falling pound off of Brexit uncertainty while exports to China rise by 350% according to new custom figures
Welcome to the 183 new arts and culture organisations that have been added to the Arts Council England’s
2018-22 National Portfolio
. Well done.
gets a boost with £96 million in funding
to provide specialist education and training supported by Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP and Arts Council England, British Film Institute and Historic England.
However, Creative Industries Federation
, backed by 59 organisations, said the initiative doesn’t go far enough and published a letter in the Telegraph
calling for arts education for all.
More funding news – Museums and galleries can apply for a share of £4 million from the DCMS Wolfson Fund
to enhance exhibition space and accessibility.
New enquiries alert!
All four of the UK’s art councils
launched an enquiry
into planning, tax and funding reform to improve cultural cities. Closes 30 May.
Also, as part of the HM Treasury
enquiry, Creative Industries Federation
is also seeking views on tax relief for creative freelancers and the self-employed.
Missed the London Blockchain conference hosted by the Law Society this month? Here’s Matt Hancock’s speech
outlining blockchain opportunities for finance, government services and regulatory systems.
All about Artificial Intelligence!
The House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee
published a new report, AI in the UK: ready, willing, able?
. Spoiler – the UK could lead the global AI revolution.
Government and the AI sector
also launched their AI sector deal
as part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Read speeches by DCMS Secretary Matt Hancock MP
and Digital and Creative Industries Minister Margot James MP
Over on Lexology
, an article
explores the issues around AI and copyright.