Monday, 26 January 2015
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First ever mapping of the UK’s creative economy finds “uneven distribution” of the UK’s creative industries and regional imbalance in employment. 

The UK’s creative economy is unusually highly concentrated in London and the South East of England compared with other sectors, and the creative industries are the “most unevenly distributed after agriculture and finance and insurance”, according to the latest study by the UK innovation foundation Nesta. This imbalance “should be of concern to policymakers charged with promoting jobs, innovation... read more
Monday, 26 January 2015

Following the introduction of tax relief for theatre productions, the Government is planning to introduce a similar scheme for orchestras.

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Photo: Corey Seeman (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Government proposals for the introduction of a new tax relief for orchestras, announced in the last budget, have been released for consultation. This new relief will be based on the models used to support the film industry and theatre productions, but adapted in key areas to reflect the specific... read more
Monday, 26 January 2015

Three years after a request under the Freedom of Information Act, Tate has responded to a Tribunal ruling that it must release some details of its sponsorship deal with BP.

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Photo: ©Martin LeSanto-Smith 2014
Tate galleries have disclosed the financial sums involved in some of their sponsorship deals with BP following a 3-year battle by campaign group Platform to have the details released under Freedom of Information rules. Minutes of Tate’s internal decision making relating to these deals have also... read more
Friday, 23 January 2015

New research reveals the challenges that need to be overcome to improve communications between schools and cultural organisations.

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Photo: Lafayette College (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Teachers tend to base decisions about working with arts organisations on previous experience and word of mouth recommendations, meaning many children could be missing out on relevant cultural opportunities, according to newly published research by A New Direction (A.N.D.), London’s lead Bridge... read more
Monday, 19 January 2015

Most believe that major sports events are enhanced by an integrated cultural programme, according to new research.

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Photo: Yorkshire Festival 2014
More than half (54%) of respondents to a two-year research programme into the staging of major events believe that sports events are enhanced when culture is included in the programme. There was strong support for culture being included in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, and almost half of... read more
Monday, 19 January 2015

Over the next three years £2.5m will be invested in projects led by arts and cultural organisations working with research partners.

A Research Grants Programme worth around £2.5m over the next three years is aiming to “build and improve the evidence base around the impact of art and culture on individuals and society”. Arts Council England is running the programme and hopes that the research outcomes will be sufficiently “... read more
Thursday, 15 January 2015

Failure to learn from the past means that new initiatives for engaging young people with the arts look “remarkably similar to what has gone before”.

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Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Arts (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Current policy aimed at encouraging young people to engage with the arts places insufficient emphasis on engaging very young children, and needs to focus more on the role of families, parents and carers, according to a new report. Marking the 50th anniversary of the first-ever government arts... read more
Thursday, 15 January 2015

Arnolfini and UWE aim to create new opportunities for the community and routes into employment for students.

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Photo: Jon Tan (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
A new partnership between Arnolfini and the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol will see the two organisations sharing resources and facilities, and collaborating on programming, education workshops, seminars, events and academic research. Arnolfini, a leading centre for the... read more
Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Cost saving measures to be introduced at the flagship Library of Birmingham will see specialist staff working with the internationally recognised photography collection lose their jobs.

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Proposed cuts to the new Library of Birmingham’s (LoB) Photography Collections, made in a consultation that closed yesterday, have provoked a backlash from more than 100 historians, scholars and photographers. If council cost-saving measures are adopted, more than half of the 188 staff at the new... read more