Friday, 26 June 2015
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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”.

Peers in the House of Lords responded passionately to a motion tabled by Conservative peer Baronness Wheatcroft, calling for increased support for the creative industries. Wheatcroft celebrated the £77bn contribution made by the creative industries to the UK economy, but peers pointed to a series of threats to the sector. Baroness King of Bow highlighted the risk that “excessive funding cuts”... read more
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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.

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Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey brushed away strong calls from Labour MP John McDonnell and fellow backbencher Diane Abbott to intervene in the ongoing dispute between The National Gallery and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) over the gallery’s plan to outsource visitor services. In a... read more
Friday, 26 June 2015

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.

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Visitor numbers at museums and galleries have grown by ten percentage points since 2005/06, however engagement with the arts across England as a whole has been static during this period. In the past year, there was a statistically significant fall in the proportion of adults engaging with the arts... read more
Friday, 26 June 2015

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.

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An action plan to enhance the economic value and worldwide reputation of Scotland’s creative industries is proposing a series of measures for tackling the skills gaps in the sector, improving diversity and better preparing the future workforce. The Creative Skills Investment Plan from Skills... read more
Friday, 26 June 2015

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.

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Arts Council England (ACE) is undertaking a pilot project as it prepares to ‘refresh’ its Artsmark award, the accreditation scheme that enables education providers to “to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision”. For the past eight years, school signups for Artsmark... read more
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
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Saturday 18 July will be the UK’s first National Busking Day. Cities including London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and York will host a series of outdoor performances in high streets, parks, railways stations and “iconic locations”. London’s Trafalgar Square will be at the heart of the festival, with... read more
Monday, 22 June 2015

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.

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Organisations with “ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts” are set to benefit from new plans being launched by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), one of the UK’s largest independent grant-makers. Its new strategic plan for 2015 – 2021 outlines six areas in which PHF... read more
Friday, 19 June 2015

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.

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Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, has been elected Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, a post previously held by current Culture Minister John Whittingdale. Norman, a last-minute entrant to the contest, pipped Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, to... read more
Friday, 19 June 2015

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.

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Employers in the creative sector are struggling to recruit workers with strong digital skills, according to a new report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. It suggests that new tax relief schemes in areas such as theatre have prompted a high demand for workers, but that a lack of... read more