A debate in the House of Lords about the health of the creative industries was both a celebration and a call to action, with Baroness Kidron fighting to prevent the next generation from becoming a “pale, posh shadow of the current one”.
The debate about privatisation of staff at the National Gallery spilled into House of Commons, but Culture Minister Ed Vaizey refused to commit to clear intervention.
Arts engagement has not increased in England since 2005/06, although there have been pockets of growth amongst those in rural areas, older people and those with a disability.
43,000 new workers will be needed to support Scotland’s creative industries over the next ten years, according to a new report identifying key issues facing the sector.
Despite a consistently low take-up rate and over a decade of investment worth almost £10m, ACE is sticking with its arts accreditation scheme for schools.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation is strengthening its funding for arts education with new channels of support for projects that increase access and build a love for the arts.
A close-run election saw Jesse Norman narrowly beat Graham Stuart in a bid to become the new Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is calling for schools and universities to focus on giving young people a combination of technical and creative skills.