Friday, 23 January 2015
Students participating in a Jungle Book workshop

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

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 organisation. The research findings are being used to inform the development of a new education portal... read more
Monday, 19 January 2015

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

Photo of women dancing
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”.

Photo of children in a gallery
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.

Photo of the Arnolfini gallery
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.

Photo of The Library of Birmingham under construction
Photo: Bs0u10e01 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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
Monday, 12 January 2015

Ten of the UK’s most powerful local authorities will be making the case for devolution across the board – including culture – at a Summit to be held in Glasgow next month.

Photo of Sir Richard Leese
Photo: Laura Kidd (CC 2.0)
At a national Devolution Summit in Glasgow next month the leaders and mayors of the UK’s Core Cities will make the case “for more freedoms for the UK's cities”. The Summit will see the launch of a ‘Charter for Local Freedom’, setting out the powers and freedoms that cities, towns and other places... read more
Monday, 12 January 2015

Employees of arts organisations are being asked to respond to a questionnaire about parental leave, flexible working and other issues of importance to parents and carers.

A survey asking “is the arts sector as accommodating to its employees as it is to its audience?” will be the first of its kind to assess the family-friendliness of UK arts organisations as employers. The Family Arts Campaign, a partnership initiative established by six arts trade associations,... read more
Friday, 09 January 2015

Local authorities in the UK’s largest cities are calling for a fairer share of government arts funding and devolution of cultural budgets to regional cultural capitals, warning that they will be concentrating their own resources on statutory services.

Photo of Manchester city
Photo: tecmark.co.uk (CC BY 2.0)
Current levels of council funding for cultural infrastructure in England’s largest regional cities are no longer sustainable in the face of rising pressure on all services, according to the Core Cities group, which represents the UK's largest cities outside London. Cllr Phil Bale, Core Cities UK... read more