Friday, 03 July 2015
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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.

Employment in music, performing and visual arts across the UK increased by 33% between 2011 and 2014, more than double the rate of the creative industries as a whole, according to the latest figures from the DCMS. The rise in the value of exports by arts organisations also far outstripped any other area of the creative industries. £704m of music, performing and visual arts services were exported... read more
Friday, 03 July 2015

The role of key public bodies and the outcomes they deliver are to be examined by a Committee reporting to the Scottish Government. 

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Creative Scotland is one of five educational and cultural bodies whose work will be scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee. The Committee will be examining the spending decisions and outcomes delivered by the five, to assess how they deliver tangible improvements... read more
Friday, 03 July 2015

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.

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Wales will implement all recommended changes to the curriculum issued in the ‘Successful Futures’ report, which Arts Council of Wales’s Chief Executive, Nick Capaldi, called: “The clearest possible endorsement of the value of putting arts and creativity at the heart of the curriculum.” Expressive... read more
Friday, 03 July 2015
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An online National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) will be created following a successful £1m funding bid. The project will be delivered by Shape Arts, the disability-led arts organisation that champions the inclusion of disabled people in the creative and cultural sector. An... read more
Thursday, 02 July 2015
A free guide to public and private funding opportunities for the arts and culture in Europe has been released by IETM, the international network for the performing arts. Fund-finder aims to empower cultural professionals to search for funding opportunities that suit their projects. IETM produced... read more
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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.

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Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey brushed away strong calls from Labour MP John McDonnell and fellow backbencher Diane Abbott to intervene in the ongoing dispute between The National Gallery and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) over the gallery’s plan to outsource visitor services. In a... read more
Friday, 26 June 2015

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.

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Visitor numbers at museums and galleries have grown by ten percentage points since 2005/06, however engagement with the arts across England as a whole has been static during this period. In the past year, there was a statistically significant fall in the proportion of adults engaging with the arts... read more
Friday, 26 June 2015

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.

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An action plan to enhance the economic value and worldwide reputation of Scotland’s creative industries is proposing a series of measures for tackling the skills gaps in the sector, improving diversity and better preparing the future workforce. The Creative Skills Investment Plan from Skills... read more
Friday, 26 June 2015

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”.

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Peers in the House of Lords responded passionately to a motion tabled by Conservative peer Baronness Wheatcroft, calling for increased support for the creative industries. Wheatcroft celebrated the £77bn contribution made by the creative industries to the UK economy, but peers pointed to a series... read more