Friday, 27 November 2015
Photo of Sir Peter Bazalgette

The autumn statement, which protected money to the arts but delivered a blow to local authorities, has drawn mixed responses.

Arts figures have given mixed responses to the spending review, which saw more money going to Arts Council England (ACE) but other sources of support for the arts hit hard. Chair of Arts Council England Sir Peter Bazalgette has described the spending review settlement for ACE as “astonishing”. According to ACE it will result in a small cash terms increase of approximately £10m per annum up to... read more
Friday, 27 November 2015

Taking place a year before Tate renews its sponsorship with BP, Platform London is curating a free, completely unauthorised festival inside Tate Modern.

Platform London campaign
Photo: Platform London (CC BY 2.0)
A “cheeky, serious and unauthorised” protest festival exploring the arts and climate change is to take place inside Tate Modern next week. Hosted by Platform London, ‘Deadline Festival’ is scheduled a year before Tate’s sponsorship deal with BP expires, which was found in a recent court case to be... read more
Friday, 27 November 2015
Photo of Tate Modern
Photo: Aurelien Guichard (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Fundraising income is catching up with public funding as a source of income for Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations, according to new figures published by the DCMS. The total value of their ‘contributed income’ earned from fundraising activities grew to £186.1m between... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2015

A ten-year strategy for the arts in Northern Ireland is being considered under a new consultation launched by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Photo of a street performance
Photo: tatchie (CC BY 2.0)
Plans for a re-think on how arts and culture services are delivered and accessed across Northern Ireland form the basis of a new consultation document that Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín hopes will “lead to the formation of the first overarching and cross-departmental strategy for arts and... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2015
The factory
Photo: Copyright: OMA. Image Courtesy of The Factory Manchester
£9m a year in revenue funding has been allocated to the Factory Manchester from 2018-19, the government announced yesterday in its 2015-20 spending review. The money joins the £78m in capital funding already allocated to the venue, part of the government’s £1.6bn investment in capital projects by... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2015

Local authorities envisage a shift away from direct provision of cultural services, but are preparing to lead by articulating a vision, brokering partnerships, and sourcing new funding.

Photo of an outdoor concert
Photo: Kyle & Jenny Fitzpatrick (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Spurred by regeneration, tourism and inwards investment agendas, cities are increasingly seeing culture as a mechanism through which they can deliver good quality of life, which encourages people to stay as well as visit, according to a new report. Written by BOP Consulting in association with Core... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Arts funding will be protected from cuts as Chancellor George Osborne declares culture one of the “best investments we can make”.

Photo of an aerial outdoor performance
Photo: XtraxArts (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Funding for Arts Council England (ACE) and the national museums and galleries will not fall in cash terms until at least 2019-20. Allaying fears that funding could be cut by up to 40%, Chancellor George Osborne announced today that the DCMS will have its administrative budget cut by 20% but that... read more
Monday, 23 November 2015

Advice and resources to help arts and health professionals conduct more robust and credible evaluations of their work are being made more widely available through a new website.

Photo of a couple dancing
Photo: Diana Robinson (CC BY-ND 2.0)
A free online resource is set to guide arts and health professionals through the “minefield” of arts and health evaluation, explaining how “economic, qualitative and arts-based approaches” can deliver robust measures of the value and impact of the arts on health and wellbeing. The Creative and... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

Arts Council England NPOs could face a minimum £2,000 a year bill to take part in an ACE-sponsored quality assessment programme being led by a private company.

Photo people watching a performance
Photo: Marc Monaghan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
A fledgling private research company being funded to assess and benchmark artistic quality will be charging at least £2k a year for organisations to use its system when a £300k trial comes to an end, AP has discovered. Arts Council England (ACE) is currently spending £300k from grant in aid to give... read more