Friday, 05 February 2016
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Cultural organisations in receipt of local authority funding are bracing for cuts, but the sector remains optimistic about its financial outlook, according to a new survey.

More than half of arts organisations in receipt of funding from a local authority expect to receive a cut in funds, according to a new annual survey by Arts Quarter. Despite this, most organisations expect earned income to rise during the next financial year and many have high hopes their fundraising efforts will pay off, signalling a shift to a more mixed model of revenue generation in the... read more
Friday, 05 February 2016

Lottery funding decisions should be made at sub-national level argues a new report making the case for a radical re-think of arts funding distribution in England.

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Moves by Arts Council England (ACE) to rebalance cultural funding across England are only “a token in the face of the scale of the challenge,” according to a new report, ‘The Next Steps? – a contribution to debate on a new national policy for the arts and culture in England’. The report sets out... read more
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Friday, 05 February 2016

Targeted mentoring, leadership courses and masterclass events are to be provided to artists from diverse backgrounds in the city.

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Over 50 new and established Birmingham-based artists from diverse backgrounds are to benefit from a £60k initiative to develop “the wide range of skills needed to be a 21st Century leader.” RE:Present, which will consist of a leadership course, “targeted mentoring” and public masterclasses, is... read more
Thursday, 04 February 2016
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© Angela Bulloch

Arts Council England (ACE) has chosen three partner galleries around England to curate exhibitions of artworks drawn from its Collection over the next three years. £1.8m has been awarded to Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, Birmingham Museums Trust and The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums... read more
Friday, 29 January 2016

Creative industries growth continues to outstrip other sectors, but music, performing and visual arts are faring less well than in previous years.

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Economic growth among music, performing and visual arts organisations is at its slowest since 2009-10. Although the financial contribution made by this sector of the creative industries to the economy grew by 5.4% in 2013-14, this figure is down from 15% in 2012-13 and 7% in 2011-12. In addition,... read more
Friday, 29 January 2016

Wales’ national youth arts ensembles will join forces under a new business model in a bid to safeguard their future.

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Geraint Thomas

The national youth arts ensembles of Wales are to be joined under a single legal identity through the umbrella body National Youth Arts Wales. The move is made following recommendations by a ‘task and finish’ group established by the Welsh Government in response to concerns of possible funding cuts... read more
Monday, 25 January 2016

Higher education institutions will be working with artists and micro creative enterprises in an attempt to improve the flow of information and expertise between the two sectors.

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Artists, creative small businesses and academic researchers will have more opportunities to share practice and expertise following the launch of a two-year pilot project, which aims to explore and nurture research collaborations between the arts sector and universities. The projects will establish... read more
Friday, 22 January 2016

A two-year inquiry will result in the publication of policy proposals, with the hope of seeing the arts become more valued as contributors to health.

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'Crafts make me happy!' susivinh via Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

MPs are working together to drive forward developments in the field of arts and health. A two-year inquiry, launched by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, hopes to stimulate progress by supporting practitioners and influencing policy-makers. The MPs will... read more
Friday, 22 January 2016

Arts organisations are among those to receive a share of a new £20m fund, which is tackling a shortage of affordable creative workspaces in the capital.

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Peckham Rd Fire Station, 2015. Photo by Rosie Reed Gold. Courtesy the South London Gallery

Cultural organisations and creative businesses are among those to benefit from a new £20m fund announced by Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP. The London Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to projects aimed at tackling the shortage of affordable creative workspaces for artists and creative... read more