International cultural exchange

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22 Jun 2017

Delivering training to creative businesses across Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean has taught Visiting Arts the value of forming relationships face-to-face, says Sophia Victoria.

Arts leaders celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Chi-chi Nwanoku
20 Jun 2017

The Halle Orchestra’s Mark Elder and former Chief Executive of The Place, Kenneth Tharp, are among those receiving top honours in 2017.

Boosting employment in craft

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14 Jun 2017

Cockpit Arts’ programme of support for apprenticeships in the craft sector is delivering tangible benefits among micro craft businesses, says Imogen Lawry.

Lib Dem peers lament ‘ridiculous’ erosion of arts in cities

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08 Jun 2017

Members of the House of Lords blamed the market for squeezing artists out of cities as they championed Creative Enterprise Zones.

London theatres join forces to support creatives

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30 May 2017

Theatre makers in the capital are the focus for a new network aiming to improve working practices and support for artists. 

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.

How to… help writers break through

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21 Apr 2017

What should people working in the arts do to support writers in their early years? Steve Dearden, co-founder of the The Writing Squad, offers his thoughts.

An unequal art world

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20 Apr 2017

The gender divide amongst artists exhibited and sold is not inevitable, and new research into Artfinder’s online community proves it, says Jonas Almgren.

Refugees to the fore

Photo of Haymanot Tesfa performing music
19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

In times of conflict

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06 Apr 2017

Art can ask difficult questions and help people engage with complex topics. With conflict and political divisions spreading across the globe, it’s vital arts producers find new ways to bring people together, says Daniel Gorman.

Navigating a different world

Chair by the seashore
05 Apr 2017

Autism and dyslexia have long been associated with creativity, but is the arts sector doing enough to support neurodivergent artists? Susan Jones highlights some concerns and opportunities. 

Making the case for hip hop

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04 Apr 2017

Hip hop theatre choreographers are too often seen as outreach workers rather than artists, but a new initiative is trying to change that. Lee Griffiths explains how.

Inspired by creativity

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30 Mar 2017

After co-founding a successful dance company, Francesca Moseley reflects on her career as a producer, the support she has received and what it’s like to work freelance.

Protecting creative efforts

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22 Mar 2017

How can we make sure that authors are paid fairly in times of technological change? Luke Alcott discusses the steps that are being taken to protect their rights.

Fairer access to the arts

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09 Mar 2017

What factors prevent disabled or marginalised adults from participating in the arts? Susan Potter shares Creative Future’s research findings and the impact they have had. 

Art without outsiders

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09 Mar 2017

What are the dynamics when a group of artists with and without learning disabilities work together? Emma Bosworth discusses the positive outcomes of the OutsiderXchanges project. 

Spreading like bushfire

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27 Feb 2017

Damning research has woken Australia up to the situation for indigenous artists in the country. It’s time for their voices to be heard, says Jacob Boehme

A career path for creative facilitators

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23 Feb 2017

The work that artists do in education, health and social care settings has long been undervalued, but Nick Ponsillo is hopeful that changes are on their way.

Power shift

Dawn Walton and Shamser Sinha in rehearsals
21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

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