Wednesday, 20 August 2014
digital impression of a garden on a bridge across the Thames

The contribution that the cultural sector can make to the planning, design and animation of the public realm and architecture should be reinforced, according to an independent review commissioned by the Culture Minister.

Proposals for achieving a step-change in the way that the future built environment is planned and designed are starting to be implemented following the conclusion of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment (FAR). The independent Review, commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and led by architect Sir Terry Farrell, sought contributions from government, institutions,... read more
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Commissions fail to provide a living for most composers, who earn on average less than £4k a year for this work.

Two-thirds of composers do not earn a significant income from commissions, according to new research. The 466 respondents to a Composer Commissioning Survey conducted by Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, earned an average fee per commission of £1,392 in 2013, but were only paid... read more
Monday, 18 August 2014

Festival-going is on the increase, though cinema and reading for pleasure are still the most popular forms of cultural engagement.

Marginally more adults in Scotland engaged in culture during 2013 than in the previous year, with a total of 91 per cent having either through attended or visited a cultural event or place, or participated in a cultural activity. This is a one percentage point increase on 2012.   Attendance at all... read more
Thursday, 14 August 2014

Audiences draw limited distinctions between subsidised, commercial and amateur theatre and dance performances, according to new research investigating perceptions of cultural value.

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Photo: Tristram Kenton
Amateur performances, while not quite as highly rated as their professional counterparts, are not widely different from them in terms of the experiences they deliver to audiences, according to a new report revealing how audiences value amateur, subsidised and commercial dance and theatre. Among the... read more
Thursday, 14 August 2014

A pioneering collaboration between the city, performers, the MU and local businesses has led to new policy and guidelines aimed at making the most of street entertainment.

New guidance aimed at improving relations between buskers, local businesses, visitors and residents in Liverpool is aiming to help reduce the number of complaints and enable any remaining issues to be resolved amicably. It also sets out the procedures for enforcement, should this prove necessary.... read more
Thursday, 07 August 2014

Majority of stakeholders find the council’s work effective, relevant and fair, but some areas for improvement are identified in recent survey.

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Photo: National Assembly for Wales (CC BY 2.0)
Nine out of ten clients and stakeholders are positive about their relationship with the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and around eight in ten rate its work as effective and relevant, according to its recent Client and Stakeholder Customer Survey 2014. However respondents do identify some issues,... read more
Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Artists urge employers and commissioners to invest more in their professional development.

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Photo: LWT Gunnersbury Triangle (CC BY 2.0)
The majority of socially-engaged arts practitioners feel their work is not valued by the sector as a whole and that there is not enough understanding of its benefits, a new survey has shown. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ArtWorks Evaluation Survey of Artists also reveals that artists working in... read more
Thursday, 31 July 2014

The value of theatre is in the inter-relationship between the performance, the spectators, and the associations which the experience triggers, according to new research.

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Photo: David Matos (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Different aspects of a live performance, including the social context, the actors, and the extent to which a play provokes “thoughtfulness”, tend to be combined when audiences form judgements about theatre, and for many spectators, a performance being “entertaining” is quite compatible with it... read more
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Investment in R&D, venture funding, and crowdfunding are major missed opportunities for the arts sector, according to a new report.

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Photo: Images Money (CC BY 2.0)
Arts funders need to do more to support research and development (R&D) and bring the sector in line with the rest of the UK economy, according to a new report by Nesta. The research charity is calling on Arts Council England (ACE) to allocate at least 1% of its budget (£6m a year) towards R... read more