Friday, 27 May 2016
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Money for good causes continues to surge ahead on the back of record sales by Camelot.

£380m of the money for National Lottery Good Causes went to the arts in 2015/16 – 20% of the £1.9bn raised last year. Lottery funding for the arts grew by nearly £21m, thanks to another record year of ticket sales by Lottery operator Camelot, although the increase was lower than in 2014/15, when the Good Causes fund also benefited from proceeds from the sale of the Olympic Park. The popularity of... read more
Friday, 27 May 2016

Arts projects and performances are hugely popular among prisoners, staff and governors, and should be used to motivate wider learning, according to a new report.

Prison Door
The creative and performing arts can motivate prisoners who have had negative experiences in the classroom to re-engage with education, a review of prison education has found. According to the report, ‘Unlocking potential’, using the arts as part of ‘blended learning’ programme to teach English and... read more
Friday, 27 May 2016

An independent report has found significant problems in the ticket resale market, which both primary and secondary sellers must address.

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Arts organisations suffering from touts bulk buying tickets to their events and then selling them on for profit are being encouraged to consider using ‘confirmed identity technologies’ and to report ‘bot’ attacks to the police. The author of a new Government-commissioned, independent report,... read more
Thursday, 26 May 2016

Improved visitor facilities, new exhibition spaces and a learning centre are expected in the first phase of a £50m regeneration project.

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The Courtauld Institute of Art is to create a new learning centre for school children, families and community groups as part of the first phase of a £50m redevelopment programme. The project, called ‘Courtauld Connects’, will also involve partnerships with regional galleries, the development of a... read more
Wednesday, 25 May 2016

A “trailblazing” agreement between Arts Council England and a higher education body hopes to get more students involved in the arts. 

Photo of Dominic Shellard and Darren Henley
Arts Council England (ACE) has signed its first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a higher education body, De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester. DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard and ACE Chief Executive Darren Henley signed the document setting out how they will work together... read more
Friday, 20 May 2016

The sector needs to start from scratch and develop a national strategy for screening or audiences will continue to lose out, warns English Touring Opera.

ETO Don Giovanni

Richard Hubert Smith

English Touring Opera (ETO) has challenged claims by Arts Council England (ACE) that screenings of live performances attract new audiences, saying current research is “not consistent” and “not done well enough” to be used as proof. It also warned that the current distribution of screenings is “very... read more
Friday, 20 May 2016

The popular press has dismissed anti-Brexit arts figures as ‘luvvies’ after a survey revealed the vast majority of workers in the creative sector will vote for Britain to remain in the EU.

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Senior professionals working in the creative industries are overwhelmingly in support of Britain staying in the EU, according to a survey of members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF). The poll of CIF members, who work in the arts, creative industries and cultural education, has revealed... read more
Friday, 20 May 2016

Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.

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Streetwise Opera

An inquiry into the role arts organisations should play in promoting civic engagement and revitalising communities has been launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Arts organisations are being invited to contribute to the inquiry, which the Foundation hopes will help realise the full... read more
Thursday, 19 May 2016

A membership body is being set up to develop the work of university arts centres in response to conclusions from the Warwick Commission inquiry.

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Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre

A UK-wide consortium of university-based arts centres is broadening its scope by establishing an open membership body. The 22 arts venues that are current members of the University Centres for the Arts Network (UCAN) meet to discuss issues, collaborate on funding bids and develop joint initiatives... read more