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.

Join the sharing economy

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20 Apr 2017

Sharing skills and resources is not just about altruism, it can unlock new sources of revenue for arts organisations. Benita Matofska shares five tips for getting started. 

Queen Mary latest university to sign Arts Council partnership

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07 Apr 2017

The agreement will see the two institutions collaborate on creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement.

New network aims to connect every theatre in Europe

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31 Mar 2017

The EU-backed Theatron project is hoping to have its funding extended to launch a new network to continue connecting theatre professionals across Europe.

‘Durham Commission’ to assess young people, creativity and education

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28 Mar 2017

The Arts Council collaboration with Durham University will produce a report in Spring 2019, which will also consider arts in the curriculum and the role of the EBacc.

More than a dance tour

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28 Mar 2017

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

Creating coastal communities

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28 Mar 2017

Following the launch of the Cultural Coastal Network, Polly Gifford explains why it’s needed and what it hopes to achieve.

National dance bodies join forces to tackle inactivity

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24 Mar 2017

A strategic collaboration between One Dance UK and People Dancing will focus first on encouraging primary schools to spend more on high quality dance.

A dialogue with the audience

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23 Mar 2017

In a bid to listen more to its audiences, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launched a collaborative project that resulted in an ‘audience manifesto’. Amanda Dalton shares the surprising results.

Collaborative network broadens arts offer in Yorkshire

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22 Mar 2017

The knowledge-sharing Small Venues Network intends to take on an additional 20 members later this year.

Arts Council collaborates on arts projects with South Korea

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20 Mar 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

Arts Council England forges strategic links with Salford

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24 Feb 2017

A ‘three-way’ agreement signals a commitment to cultural education, continuing professional development and place-making in the city.

Sharing the stage

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23 Feb 2017

Realising they shared values and aims, Sage Gateshead and Newcastle United Foundation decided to team up. Wendy Smith describes a project that brought music lovers and football fans together. 

Online network to bring culture to the coast

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17 Feb 2017

The Coastal Culture Network will help connect arts and cultural organisations, local authorities, Coastal Community Teams and other local groups.

Distant but not disconnected

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26 Jan 2017

Creative entrepreneurs in remote regions risk isolation, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Aisling Murtagh explains how a project in Europe’s Northern Edge is helping to support and connect creative enterprises.

Quality European partnerships

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19 Jan 2017

Cultural organisations can still bid for Creative Europe funding – now and possibly after the UK has left the EU. Christoph Jankowski explains why you should consider it.

When the clocks turned back

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05 Jan 2017

A storytelling project that invited young people to challenge the traditional role of libraries culminated in midnight performances viewed by online audiences worldwide. Ju Row Farr describes the fun.

Bridging the gap

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30 Nov 2016

As the funding landscape shifted, universities emerged as an ideal partner for creative producers Threshold Studios. Uzma Johal and Barry Hale reveal how they have been collaborating with the University of Lincoln. 

English and Welsh universities join forces to boost cultural economy

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25 Nov 2016

Universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter will explore new collaborative ways of working with cultural organisations.

Arts Council signs strategic agreement with UWE Bristol

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17 Nov 2016

A five-year Memorandum of Understanding will commit to turning Bristol into a national centre for arts and technology.

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