Tuesday, 03 March 2015
The Welsh Government and the Arts Council have joined forces in a national schools initiative that will embed the arts and creativity into the curriculum with a view to driving up educational attainment levels, particularly among disadvantaged students.
Photo: Walt Jabsco (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
A radical five-year action plan designed to bring about a step change in the range and quality of opportunities that children and young people are given to engage with and learn about the arts and culture has been launched by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales (ACW... read more
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Lessons learnt through a project in which Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre provided activities and support for homeless people are being shared in a new online resource.
A partnership project involving the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Booth Centre, a day centre providing advice, activities and support for homeless people in Manchester, has culminated in the production of an online learning resource, ‘Backstage? Me?’, to demonstrate the power of theatre to affect... read more
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
A premium drinks producer will pay £500k for a five-year deal with Philharmonia Orchestra, involving artistic and cultural collaborations.
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
A £500k sponsorship deal with Chinese drinks producer Wuliangye will see the Philharmonia Orchestra develop an extensive programme of artistic and cultural collaborations across the UK and in China through “a genuinely innovative approach to both funding and partnership itself”. 2015 has been... read more
Friday, 20 February 2015
The benefits of a new tax relief will be restricted to larger orchestras and will exclude instrument-specific ensembles under current proposals.
Photo: Richard West (CC BY 2.0)
Proposals to restrict forthcoming tax relief for orchestras to specific musical genres are likely to be unworkable in law, according to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). In its response to the Government’s consultation on the new tax breaks, the ISM is opposing the draft definition of an... read more
Friday, 20 February 2015
Amateur and professional arts organisations are joining forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage more people to try their hand at creative activities.
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Voluntary arts activity is to be given a major boost through a new BBC campaign to encourage people to ‘Get Creative’. Billed as “a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity” the campaign will highlight the involvement of millions of people in artistic and creative activities,... read more
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts.
Photo: Open Arts, by Paul Marshall. openartsni.org
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is setting targets to increase engagement in the arts by disabled people. In its Disability Action Plan for 2015 – 18 ACNI commits to bringing about an increase in arts attendance by disabled people of at least 2% by 2018 and an increase in participation... read more
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
The final report of the Warwick Commission inquiry finds the future of cultural value as lying in a seamless relationship between the cultural sector and the creative industries, coupled with a focus on enterprise and creativity in schools.
More needs to be done to recognise the synergies between the cultural and creative industries, according to the arts leaders at the heart of the Warwick Commission inquiry into the Future of Cultural Value, who have published their final conclusions today. Identifying the two sectors as part of an... read more
Friday, 13 February 2015
Free admission at DCMS-funded museums and galleries has helped boost visits by foreign tourists by almost 40% since 2008/9, while visits from within the UK have increased by just 3% during this same period.
Photo: Mariano Mantel (CC BY-NC 2.0)
New figures published this week reveal that almost half the benefit of subsidised free admission to England’s DCMS direct-funded museums and galleries1 is now being enjoyed by visitors from abroad, who last year accounted for 43% of the 47 million visits to these institutions. With subsidy per... read more