Thursday, 20 November 2014
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Cultural services have seen bigger cuts than social care but are not the worst affected, according to a National Audit Office report.

Culture has been disproportionately targeted for local authority spending cuts, according to a new National Audit Office (NAO) report examining The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities. The report finds that in general, councils have tried to protect spending on social care services while other service areas, including culture and leisure, have seen larger reductions. In 2010, ‘... read more
Thursday, 20 November 2014

The former Prime Minister says he recognises the value of the arts in the life of the nation, but rejects the use of Lottery money for "government schemes."

John Major
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MPs are not disinterested in the arts, but are “merely overwhelmed by other duties”, and “competing demands – health, education, social welfare, defence and many others – …obviously, must take precedence” according to former Prime Minister John Major. Reported in ‘Create’, a new Arts Council... read more
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Arts organisations turn to video in campaigns to raise wider awareness of the value of their work.

Still from the film of a man wearing headphones
Photo: ABOrchestras
Two short films celebrating the role of the arts in everyday life are aiming to raise public awareness of the arts and the value of arts funding. The Association of British Orchestras’ 90-second video focuses on the work of British orchestras in films, games, TV and radio shows, and rock and pop... read more
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A manifesto for craft education aims to raise the profile of craft-based subjects in schools, where participation has declined by a quarter in five years.

Photo of teenagers taking place in design workshop
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“Practical steps to secure the future of craft education” have been laid out in a new manifesto launched by the Crafts Council, including five “calls for change”, aiming to reverse the declining emphasis placed on craft in schools. Although the UK is a world leader in craft, employing 150,000... read more
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

It is becoming increasingly less likely that culture and arts services will be able to play a meaningful part in delivering the Government’s ambition of tackling poverty and promoting social justice, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.

Photo of a young girl drawing
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Local authorities are beginning to warn of “comprehensive service failures as a result of unprecedented budget cuts” in Wales, where culture, sport and leisure services have seen cuts of more than a quarter (27%) and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), which represents the 22 local... read more
Thursday, 06 November 2014

The Arts Council’s new five-year strategy makes a commitment to promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion, while strengthening the sector to withstand funding cuts.

Photo of people dancing
Photo: Brian Morrison Photography
A universal right of access to and participation in the arts for everyone is at the heart of a new five-year strategy for the arts in Northern Ireland. Aiming to redress “the unequal access that is a universal inheritance”, the Arts council of Northern Ireland’s (ACNI) ‘Ambitions for the Arts’... read more
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Redistributing arts funding across England would bring “marginal if any long term benefits for people living outside the capital”, according to London’s Deputy Mayor, who defends the capital’s share.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has lashed out against the principle of fairer arts funding across England, saying: “London is one of the great world cities for culture, attracting visitors in the millions which helps generate billions for the economy of the whole country. Sacrificing this particular... read more
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

The latest DCMS Taking Part survey has revealed small increases in cultural engagement by children and young people.

Photo of teenage girls dancing
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Almost all children aged 5 to 15 (99%) engaged with the arts last year, with 92% having engaged in the last week – a significant increase on the 2008/09 figure of 86%. According to the Taking Part 2013/14 Annual Child Report, published by the DCMS, more than two-thirds (68%) had visited a heritage... read more
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Greater fairness in Lottery funding would help to redress the wider geographic arts funding imbalance that sees London benefit “out of all proportion to its population”, says Select Committee.

Aerial view of London
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A “clear funding imbalance in favour of London” is being paid for by tax payers and Lottery players in other parts of the country, and the capital receives a share of arts funding that is “out of all proportion to its population”, according to a report by the House of Commons Culture, Media and... read more