Jobs in the arts are growing at a higher rate than in any other area of the creative industries, but new figures from the DCMS lay bare the scale of the diversity problem.
The role of key public bodies and the outcomes they deliver are to be examined by a Committee reporting to the Scottish Government.
The expressive arts will be one of six areas of learning and experience that will take the place of traditional subjects as Wales approves a radical overhaul of its curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
The debate about privatisation of staff at the National Gallery spilled into the House of Commons, but Culture Minister Ed Vaizey refused to commit to clear intervention.
Arts engagement has not increased in England since 2005/06, although there have been pockets of growth amongst those in rural areas, older people and those with a disability.
43,000 new workers will be needed to support Scotland’s creative industries over the next ten years, according to a new report identifying key issues facing the sector.
A debate in the House of Lords about the health of the creative industries was both a celebration and a call to action, with Baroness Kidron fighting to prevent the next generation from becoming a “pale, posh shadow of the current one”.