Creating cultural democracy

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22 Jun 2017

Only 8% of people regularly engage with publicly funded art, but every day people are creating their own versions of culture. Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross report on research that makes the case for a new approach to cultural policy.

Arts funding should focus on ‘everyday creativity’, researchers claim

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23 Jun 2017

A new academic report says that shifting cultural policy to enable people to be creative and make their own culture would be a fairer use of public funds and lead to greater equality.

The Times rebuked for implying Kensington and Chelsea wasted Grenfell tenants’ money on opera

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23 Jun 2017

The newspaper has published a small acknowledgement that Opera Holland Park, on which the council allegedly “lost” £2.5m, has operated independent of council funding since 2015.

Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Northern Ireland arts organisations hit by funding cuts

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16 Jun 2017

The Arts Council was unable to maintain standstill funding following orders from the Department for Communities.

General election: Arts sector reacts to ‘rejection of hard Brexit’

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09 Jun 2017

The need for clarity has emerged as a key priority for arts organisations following the confirmation that no political party has won majority control of the House of Commons.

“Only a fool or a knave” trusts quality metrics, say academics

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02 Jun 2017

Researchers have published a damning attack on the use of quantitative measures to assess artistic quality, warning Arts Council England of the potential consequences of rolling out the Culture Counts system.

£1.5m for cultural placemaking in Wales

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26 May 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme, which uses culture and heritage to deliver social and economic agendas, has been rolled out to Scotland and Wales.

What are we counting?

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25 May 2017

Roger Tomlinson has more questions than answers about the quality metrics system that Arts Council England’s larger NPOs will soon be required to use.

Creative Industries Federation pulls out of election event with Labour

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19 May 2017

The industry body said it was forced to drop out as Labour would not commit to “proper scrutiny”.

Museums across Europe targeted by oil protestors

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16 May 2017

The British Museum confiscated items including bow ties and waistcoats from campaigners in London because it was “not aware of what the protestors intended to do with them”.

Labour manifesto promises to deliver culture for all

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12 May 2017

Labour’s draft manifesto outlines plans to put creativity at the heart of education and make a £1bn investment in ‘creative clusters’, but offers no increases in direct funding for the arts.

London culture spend third highest in the world

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12 May 2017

A comparison of 16 world cities shows the capital’s £1.2bn annual spend is behind only Moscow and Paris.

Applications to Creative Scotland drop significantly

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09 May 2017

The introduction of two-year Open Project Funding is thought to have led to a drop in the number of arts organisations applying for Regular Funding.

Private giving ‘not a total solution’ to arts funding shortfalls

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05 May 2017

The size of an arts organisation is more important than location when it comes to attracting donations and sponsorship, new analysis has found.

Theatre’s talent pipeline is “leaking”, peers’ report warns

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05 May 2017

A House of Lords inquiry raises concerns that young people from diverse backgrounds are being discouraged from entering careers in theatre, putting the sector’s future cultural and economic success at risk.

Creative Industries Federation issues election manifesto for arts

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25 Apr 2017

Calls for the creative industries to remain a priority during Brexit negotiations, and for new policies to provide economic security and address the “skills time bomb” in the sector, are among the proposals.

DCMS: Arts Council should be development agency

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25 Apr 2017

The national funder is told to focus on financial resilience, transparency and digital engagement in the first review for seven years.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

Northern Ireland’s arts “teetering on the brink” as funding withheld

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13 Apr 2017

Political deadlock has forced the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to withhold 50% of all grants for its annually funded organisations.

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