Friday, 29 May 2015
Weather installation Tate Modern

A new report finds that artists and gallery representatives agree artists should be paid for exhibiting their work in a publicly funded gallery, but they fail to agree on the specifics of how this should be implemented.

Artists and gallery representatives overwhelmingly agree that artists should be paid for exhibiting their work in publicly funded galleries, but there is no consensus on the best way to move forwards, a new report finds. Analysing the findings from an online survey, the report, ‘Paying Artists: valuing art, valuing artists’, notes that over 85% of respondents from the visual arts sector support a... read more
Thursday, 28 May 2015

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.

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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... read more
Friday, 29 May 2015

By collating public data sets, developers hope to allow arts organisations to identify gaps in cultural provision and build stronger arguments for funding.

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Arts and cultural organisations will soon have access to an online platform that aims to help them write stronger funding bids. ‘Culture Everywhere’ will collate publicly available data sets, which its developers hope will enable them to “more efficiently construct proposals that support and engage... read more
Friday, 29 May 2015

LIFT and ENO are among the 48 UK organisations benefitting from European Union grant money

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The UK’s success rate in applying for funding from Creative Europe, the European Union’s €1.46 billion programme to support the cultural, creative and audio-visual sectors, is considerably above the European average, according to figures released by the international body. 24% of applicants from... read more
Friday, 29 May 2015

Growing support from backers, and news that the city will play host to the Turner Prize in 2017, have prompted more ambitious fundraising targets for the UK’s next City of Culture.

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The Hull 2017 team has announced that the city will host the Turner Prize awards during their year as UK City of Culture. The news comes on the same day that new Chief Executive of Arts Council England (ACE), Darren Henley, unveiled plans for a regional rebalancing of ACE funding in his inaugural... 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.

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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

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