Thursday, 28 May 2015
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Arts Council England sets targets for Lottery spending across its five regions, with 90% of a new £35m fund for developing talent and building cultural capital earmarked for outside London.

Arts Council England is to make a “significant shift” in the distribution of Lottery funding to be invested outside of London over the next three years, according to its new Chief Executive, Darren Henley. In his inaugural speech, he said: “It’s the Arts Council’s ambition to support centres of creative excellence across the country.” Henley welcomed the Government’s commitment to cultural... read more
Friday, 22 May 2015

A new strategy report advises Edinburgh’s festivals to improve their digital offering if the city is to avoid complacency and remain a cultural world-beater.

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Edinburgh’s position as the “world’s leading Festival City” is threatened if the sector does not address gaps in digital, infrastructure and funding programmes, according to an extensive strategy report which concludes that “the festivals are behind the curve on digital innovation… and risk being... read more
Friday, 22 May 2015

New approaches to using culture to improve lives will be trialled in six deprived communities over the coming year.

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The power of the arts and culture to tackle the negative effects of poverty will be harnessed in some of Wales’ most deprived communities. The ‘Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture’ programme, established in response to Baroness Kay Andrews’ report on ‘Poverty and Culture’ and Professor Dai... read more
Friday, 22 May 2015

A new home in City Island, East London, will allow facilities to be shared between the ballet companies.

CGI mock-up of how new site will look
English National Ballet and English National Ballet School, which currently operate from separate sites in different parts of London, have announced plans for a new joint home at City Island in East London, adjoining Trinity Buoy Wharf which is home to an emerging creative and arts cluster. The... read more
Friday, 22 May 2015

ACE will be changing its branding guidelines following questions about the failure of The Space to acknowledge its primary funder on the homepage of its website.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has told AP that it will be changing its logo guidelines following questions about why The Space, ACE’s flagship digital arts joint-venture with the BBC, has been permitted to ignore the terms and conditions of its grant relating to acknowledgement of ACE funding. All ACE... read more
Friday, 22 May 2015

Culture can help define a sense of place and attract new businesses, says the Commission for Underperforming Towns and Cities.

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A strong cultural offer can attract “bright young businesses” to underperforming towns and cities helping to maximise growth potential, according to a new report by the Commission for Underperforming Towns and Cities. ‘A brighter future for our towns and cities’ details a number of ways that local... read more
Friday, 22 May 2015

Craft development organisations are struggling under pressures to marry the two roles of sales agent for makers and leader in artform development.

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Expectations that craft development organisations can build sustainable business models on the back of commissions from trading activity, whilst at the same time being champions of artform development, are placing a burden on them that is not replicated in other parts of the visual arts, according... read more
Thursday, 21 May 2015

Learning from the success of the Big Noise programme will be key to the future of social interventions in Scotland, say researchers.

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Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme has “the potential to significantly enhance participants’ lives, prospects, health and wellbeing,” according to the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), which has just published the initial findings of its study into the project’s social impact. Based... read more
Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Report by the British Theatre Consortium paints the most comprehensive picture to date of the UK theatre sector.

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Photo: Simon Kane
The amount of ‘new writing’ being staged by theatres has overtaken revivals for the first time, a report by the British Theatre Consortium (BTC) has revealed. New work, including new translations and adaptations, accounted for 59% of all theatre productions in 2013, and generated almost two-thirds... read more