Royal Welsh College launches new opera school with WNO

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17 Feb 2017

The school will provide professional experience for designers, stage managers and arts managers, alongside training for singers and instrumentalists.

Creating characters and dilemmas

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09 Feb 2017

Theatre can be a powerful training tool for community workers. Louise Heywood describes Geese Theatre Company’s work with criminal justice and social welfare professionals.

‘Brexit may force progress on arts education’, MPs told

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01 Feb 2017

Leaving the European Union presents opportunities to make education policy and the visa system more responsive to the needs of the creative industries, a select committee has heard.

Touring Scottish classrooms

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30 Jan 2017

Every child in Scotland will see a performing arts production in their school each year if the National Theatre of Scotland’s plans go ahead. Lucy Mason reviews the first year of a trailblazing new pilot.

‘Make music education part of school inspections’, Welsh committee told

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27 Jan 2017

Constrained local authority funding stops talented children progressing and Wales should consider delivering music services centrally, arts leaders have said.

£2.5m cultural learning fund overlooks key research

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19 Jan 2017

Research justifying the new fund failed to include the biggest and longest running arts education intervention in the world.

Wales must ring-fence music education funding, committee told

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18 Jan 2017

A government committee has been warned that a crisis is facing music in Wales and new ideas are essential.

A day at an exhibition

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12 Jan 2017

On Takeover Day a group of sixth-form students took responsibility for running an exhibition at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery. Katherine Pearce describes the day.

Opportunities for open-ended learning

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15 Dec 2016

Known for its alternative learning programmes, this year Wysing Arts explored the term ‘polytechnic’ by re-visiting the experimental art practices of the 1970s. Donna Lynas reports on the results.

Arts universities deliver economic payback, report says

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09 Dec 2016

The UK’s creative-focused higher education institutions are adding at least £8.4bn to the economy in terms of skills development and by attracting international students. 

History of Art A-Level saved by exam board

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01 Dec 2016

Exam board Pearson’s decision to offer the qualification from September 2017 has been welcomed by arts leaders.

Opening new doors

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01 Dec 2016

Andy Dawson explains how the RSC’s schools programme inspires children through Shakespeare while avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ model.  

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.

A mental makeover for classical music

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24 Nov 2016

Tired of seeing classical music magazines filled with middle-aged white faces, James Fleury proposes four ‘mental makeovers’ that could help increase diversity in the sector. 

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.

Dancing in Derby

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17 Nov 2016

Working in a professional dance house helps dance students in Derby prepare for life after university, writes Clare Limb.

Connecting with industry

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17 Nov 2016

A consortium of Scotland’s universities and art schools place researchers within arts and cultural organisations. Anna Scott discusses the benefits to all involved.

Arts teachers confirm dire impact of EBacc in the classroom

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16 Nov 2016

New research paints a grim picture of growing job insecurity as schools prioritise the EBacc agenda over creative and vocational subjects, and steer students away from the arts. 

Breathing the same air

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10 Nov 2016

The University of Bradford may be a technology university with no arts department, but it still saw the need for a theatre on its campus. Javaad Alipoor explains why. 

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