Friday, 26 September 2014
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The Chief Executive of Arts Council England (ACE) is leaving to join BBC Radio 3 as Controller. Previously a Civil Servant at the DCMS, Alan Davey, who joined ACE in November 2007, will remain at the Arts Council for three more months. He will fill the vacancy left at the BBC by former Controller Roger Wright, who was also Director, BBC Proms. Wright left after 15 years with the BBC, to take up... read more
Monday, 29 September 2014

Ambassador Theatre Group has launched a scheme that will combine a business foundation with specialist placements to give graduates industry-specific knowledge and experience.

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A pilot scheme aimed at developing future leaders of commercial theatre has been launched by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) with the appointment of two recent graduates as the company’s first Graduate Trainees. Rachel Lane and Jamie Budgett will follow a two-year programme which will include a... read more
Monday, 29 September 2014

Policy ideas for Labour’s 2015 manifesto and beyond will be the focus of a new initiative, announced at the party conference.

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An initiative aimed at bringing together “all those who care about the arts and who share our vision for a 21st century arts policy which delivers arts for all” has been launched by Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman MP. Announced at the Labour party conference in Manchester last week, Labour... read more
Friday, 26 September 2014

Free unlimited entry to exhibitions is among the benefits being offered to those who join.

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The National Gallery has launched its first ever membership scheme. For the first time in its 190-year history, the Gallery is providing a set of exclusive benefits to those who join the scheme, including free, unlimited entry to all exhibitions, invitations to after-hours events and an online... read more
Friday, 26 September 2014

Healthcare workers will receive arts-based training in an attempt to reduce human error in medical interventions and improve patient safety and wellbeing.

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Arts-based training for healthcare professionals is being given a boost by a three-year research and development partnership programme that will lead to a series of bespoke courses across a range of clinical practices and settings, including emergency medicine and mental health. The project will be... read more
Thursday, 25 September 2014

Report finds that many arts organisations lack the expertise or resources needed to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

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Evidence and research about equality and diversity across the arts and cultural sector has been published in a new report that establishes a baseline of data being used by Arts Council England (ACE) in policy-making, funding decisions, as a resource for the arts and cultural sector and as a... read more
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

ACE does a U-turn on measures to protect its reputation as pressure mounts to respect freedom of expression.

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Arts Council England (ACE) is changing the draft terms and conditions for its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) grants. Last week AP revealed that a clause in its draft contracts permitted ACE to “impose additional terms and conditions” on an NPO if it judged that the organisation’s staff,... read more
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Sheffield Theatres has pledged to “run against current stereotypes” and employ an equal number of male and female actors throughout each season.

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Artistic directors, chief executives, and senior creative staff at eleven major theatres have pledged to take action to redress the gender imbalance in theatre. The move follows their participation in a programme aimed at shedding light on the barriers preventing talented women from rising to the... read more
Friday, 19 September 2014

Arts organisations and those connected to them must be sure not to do anything that could damage ACE’s reputation as a Government sponsored body, else their grants could be at risk.

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Arts Council England (ACE) is inserting a new clause into its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) grant contracts for 2015-18 to deter any individual involved with those organisations in any capacity from doing anything that ACE considers might damage its reputation. Under the new draft contract... read more