Friday, 31 July 2015
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A significant drop in the number of young people participating in dance is being masked in government statistics by an increase in those making films and going to the cinema.

An increase in the number of young people taking part in film and video activities – from making videos to trips to the cinema – is masking a drop in engagement in the arts, particularly dance, in official government statistics. Arts Council England has pointed to challenges faced by schools and the slipping value of the arts in the curriculum. According to the latest figures from the Taking Part... read more
Friday, 31 July 2015

Plans for The Factory Manchester get the go ahead, but current costings leave the council with £25m to raise before 2019.

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Approval to take forward proposals for The Factory Manchester, the venue providing a “cultural counterbalance to London”, was given by the leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese this week. An accompanying report highlights the projected economic impact of the venue scheduled to open in... read more
Thursday, 30 July 2015

Ranging from acting as a critical friend to champion of the arts, a report by London Councils offers specific recommendations on how local authorities can fill the gap left by falling funding.

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London boroughs must take advantage of their capacities as landlords, planning authorities and strategic brokers and better support local arts organisations, in order to “sustain arts and culture, even in the face of difficult financial circumstances." The report by London Councils makes twenty... read more
Friday, 24 July 2015

The legal framework governing freedom of expression is the subject of new guidance for arts professionals planning to programme challenging or controversial works.

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New guidance about the laws and practices that protect free expression has been published by the charity Index on Censorship (IoC) and advocacy group Vivarta, which are producing a series of law packs to address questions about legal limits related to free expression and the arts. The aim of the... read more
Friday, 24 July 2015

A study among charity trustees and chief executives has found differing perceptions of the role of the board.

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A mismatch between the views of chief executives and board members has emerged as a key issue in an investigative report into the ‘behaviours and effectiveness of the modern charity board.’ The report, ‘Governing with Intent’, finds that in general, governance is “much improved” compared to the... read more
Friday, 24 July 2015

The UK’s best outdoor arts companies will be helped to promote and export their work around the globe as part of a new three-year strategic programme.

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Manchester-based XTRAX will be delivering more showcase events in the UK and abroad following a £300k award from Arts Council England’s International Showcasing fund. The money will be used to create Platform 4:UK, a programme that will develop new international markets for some of the best UK... read more
Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Spending Review promises “radical steps” towards the devolution of power across the UK and cuts of up to 40%, but Arts Council England’s Lottery stockpile could soften the blow.

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The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is among the Government departments told to model Spending Review cuts worth 25% and 40% of their resource budgets by 2019–20 – the same level of reductions requested ahead of the 2010 Spending Review. But Arts Council England (ACE) may be in a... read more
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Dance organisations, galleries and museums across Europe are coming together to explore new ways of interacting with audiences through a three-year European Union funded project. The ‘Dancing Museums’ project, starting next month, will enable five European dance organisations to work with eight... read more
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
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Three organisations have been granted funding for projects exploring the intersection of arts and technology as part of a new pilot programme launched by Arts Council England (ACE) and Innovate UK, a public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. The organisations... read more