Friday, 24 June 2016
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Concerns have been raised about international artistic exchange and the export of cultural products, following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. 

The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) and the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) have pledged to support and safeguard the arts sector as the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union. The result of the referendum – with 52% voting to leave – will come as a disappointment to many in the arts, after leading figures came out in support of Britain staying in the EU and 96% of CIF members... read more
Friday, 24 June 2016

People from high socio-economic backgrounds are almost twice as likely to say public spending on arts and culture benefits them than those with smaller incomes.

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Only 9% of English adults think Government spending on the arts should be increased, compared with 45% who think it should be decreased, according to new research by consultants ComRes. It also found that more than half know “nothing at all” about Arts Council England (ACE), and the vast majority (... read more
Friday, 24 June 2016

Artists in the caves and bogs of the Brecon Beacons National Park are to receive support to distribute their work as part of a new innovation fund for digital projects in Wales.

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Toril Brancher

Five Welsh arts organisations are each to receive up to £75k in funding to experiment with digital technology and expand their audience reach, as part of Nesta’s Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales. The organisations will partner with technology providers to develop the new business... read more
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Views are invited on whether secondary ticket platforms are offering consumers sufficient information to allow them to make informed buying decisions.

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A review of secondary ticket sites, launched by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), is investigating whether they offer sufficient information to buyers to comply with their undertakings and legal obligations. The review follows a recent Government-commissioned, independent report on the... read more
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has stepped in to enable teachers to access on-going professional development that will help them use arts practice across the curriculum.

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Primary school teachers are to be given access to long-term professional development to help them use arts-based teaching practices across the curriculum. A pilot scheme, launched by Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), has been designed in response to a knowledge, confidence and skills gap holding... read more
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The decline in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE has increased five-fold over the past year, coinciding with a dramatic rise in young people studying EBacc subjects.

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Entries for GCSEs in arts subjects have fallen by 46,000 this year compared with last, according to new figures recording England’s exam entries for 2016. The drift away from arts subjects is gathering pace. This year’s loss is more than five times the size of the loss in 2015, when candidate... read more
Friday, 17 June 2016

UK Music is calling on policy-makers to create “optimum conditions” for young people to enter the music industries, as a new report reveals the employment and income generated by music tourists.

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More than 10 million music tourists visited festivals, concerts and small venues across the UK in 2015, generating almost £4bn for the UK economy, according to a new report into the live music industry. Wish You Were Here, UK Music’s latest study into the economic impact of live music and music... read more
Thursday, 16 June 2016

Street parties, guerrilla gardening and engagement with cultural buildings must be encouraged if creativity is to become as accessible as sport, a new report has concluded.

Everyday Creativity

Joyce Nicholls

Arts Council England (ACE) should create a new small grants fund to ensure ‘everyday creativity’ is embedded across society, a new report has advised. It should also reconsider using language such as ‘excellence’ and ‘great art’, which ultimately discourages people without talent from practising... read more
Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Suggestions about how to improve funding opportunities for small and regional arts organisations have been submitted to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

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Arts figures have spoken out to MPs about the difficulties facing small and regional arts organisations, and offered suggestions as to how to improve the situation. In a written submission to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Artistic Youth Director of Only Youth UK Nicholas Brown said... read more