Friday, 19 December 2014
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Interns, apprentices and volunteers are taking the place of permanent paid staff in the arts sector, which is also seeing a move away from contracts of employment towards freelance working.

Low paid and unpaid workers are increasingly replacing permanent paid positions in arts organisations, according to a new AP survey examining patterns of employment in the arts sector. Almost half (48%) of respondents to AP’s survey of more than 500 arts professionals noted that interns or apprentices were probably or definitely doing work that previously would have been done by permanent staff... read more
Friday, 19 December 2014

Arts projects will be integral to a series of initiatives involving local communities and aiming to improve quality of life in Wales.

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Photo: Ian Rees (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Seven “imaginative and ambitious” projects will see artists and agencies in Wales join forces with local people to develop regeneration initiatives that aim to make a real difference to the quality of life in their communities. Funded by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) through a new initiative... read more
Friday, 19 December 2014

A new study suggests more recent drama school graduates are securing significant, paid acting roles, particularly in recorded media and the West End.

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Drama school graduates are beginning to benefit from the economic recovery, according to a new study of graduate destinations. Analysis by Drama UK of graduate employment among drama school students has found a small shift away from work in live performance towards recorded media, where work is... read more
Friday, 19 December 2014
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Photo: Patrick Baldwin
An assessment of the research output and impact of the UK’s Higher Education institutions has placed the University of London’s Queen Mary College overall top in the UK for Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, with 69% of its research deemed to be ‘world leading’. The University of Roehampton’s... 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
Monday, 08 December 2014

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.

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Photo: Steven Peskett
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... 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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Photo: Keith Morris
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