Monday, 08 December 2014
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Sir Peter Bazalgette has outlined a “fundamental shift” in the Arts Council’s approach to diversity, aiming to make creative opportunities more accessible to all.

Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) are to be monitored and supported to ensure their programming, audiences and workforce are “more reflective of the diverse communities they serve”. In a speech described as “one of the most important speeches I’ll make as Chair of Arts Council England”, Sir Peter Bazalgette has outlined a “fundamental shift” in ACE’s approach to... read more
Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The latest data reveals a shift in both employment practices and audience patterns among Arts Council of Wales’ Revenue Funded Organisations.

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Nearly a quarter of the workforce (22%) at the Arts Council of Wales’ (ACW) 72 Revenue Funded Organisations (RFOs) are now volunteers, while full-time paid employees make up less than 18% of all workers. Key data from ACW’s bi-annual survey of RFOs reveals that the number of paid employees working... read more
Friday, 12 December 2014

Definitions of arts and culture may need to be reconsidered if youth engagement is to be properly understood, suggests report.

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Young people from low income backgrounds still engage less in every category of arts and culture than their peers, according to the findings of a new survey, with the most significant differences relating to visiting exhibitions, involvement in music activities and heritage visits. They are also... read more
Thursday, 11 December 2014

The new College is one of seven employer-led, Government-backed initiatives aiming to plug skills gaps in sectors considered critical to economic growth.

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A National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries is to be established to provide specialist training in the technical skills needed by the creative and cultural sectors. The Government-backed College will be managed by Creative & Cultural Skills on behalf of a consortium of employers... read more
Thursday, 04 December 2014

A new five-year strategy abandons artform emphasis and sets out to enable creative professionals to work at their best and connect with the whole of Wales.

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A vision of “a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the Nation” is behind ‘Inspire’, the Arts Council of Wales’ (ACW) new five-year strategy. Describing the arts as “a cornerstone in Wales’s 21st century renewal”, the document, a draft of which was put out to consultation... read more
Wednesday, 03 December 2014

The latest Enquiry from Culture at King’s will investigate the opportunities for greater public engagement and cost-saving presented by partnership working.

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A Cultural Enquiry into the value of partnership working is calling for organisations across the cultural sector to provide examples of what has worked – and what hasn’t – in 2014. Culture at King’s, which is leading the Enquiry, has issued a questionnaire, designed to help provide a snapshot of... read more
Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Fundraising is at the heart of the top three digital activities forecast to grow among arts and cultural organisations, according to the latest survey of technology use.

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Nearly three out of four arts organisations now recognise the value of digital technology in supporting their work, according to the latest findings from a 3-year study of how arts and cultural organisations in England use technology. 73% say that digital technology is having a major positive... read more
Monday, 01 December 2014

The UK now has representative cities for five of the seven creative industries championed by the Creative Cities Network.

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Two UK cities have been designated UNESCO creative cities, with York being named the UK’s first City of Media Arts and Dundee its first City of Design. They join Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bradford and Norwich in representing the UK among the 69 cities in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. UK cities now... read more
Friday, 28 November 2014

London’s boroughs are relying on Arts Council England to make good a shortfall in their own arts funding relative to local authorities across the rest of England.

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£32m a year could be released from Arts Council England’s (ACE) regular funding of London-based National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) if London’s local authorities were to match the funding proportions contributed by councils to NPOs across the rest of England. AP’s analysis of ACE’s latest... read more