Friday, 23 September 2016
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Survey findings reveal a deep division in opinion among arts workers about how to increase the diversity of the sector’s workforce.  

The arts sector is deeply conflicted about the best way to improve diversity in its workforce, the findings of a new survey suggest. The majority of respondents to ArtsProfessional’s Pulse survey of attitudes towards diversity in the arts said that their organisation was committed to improving the diversity of its workforce. 83% said that more workforce diversity was either a top strategic... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

The Director of Tate galleries and future Chair of Arts Council England has reacted with disbelief at ACE plans to use Quality Metrics to measure artistic quality.

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The incoming Chairman of Arts Council England (ACE) has reacted with disbelief at news of ACE’s plans to roll out its controversial Quality Metrics pilot. Forty minutes into an interview for the programme Tate Modern: The Reunion on BBC Radio 4 this morning, Tate boss Sir Nicholas Serota responded... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

Ten of Northern Ireland’s eleven councils can apply for up to £150k if they commit to the same amount in additional expenditure on culture.

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Local authorities in Northern Ireland are being offered match funding worth up to £150k to boost their arts and cultural programming. The Local Government Challenge Fund for 2016-17 has been set up with Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) Lottery funding. To be eligible to apply, councils must... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

The re-opening of the Ferens Art Gallery and an interactive musical installation on the Humber Bridge have been announced as part of the celebrations.

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Hull City of Culture 2017 is a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to put Hull on the national and international map, according to the celebration’s organisers. £32m has been raised to deliver the programme, with contributions from a range of partners including Hull City Council, Arts Council England... read more
Friday, 23 September 2016

A new guide aims to equip governors with the knowledge to champion dance in schools and raise key questions about its place in the curriculum.

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A practical guide to help school Governors and Trustees become “key advocates” in promoting high quality dance in their school has been released by One Dance UK, in partnership with Arts Council England (ACE) and the National Governors Association. The guide stresses the holistic benefits of the... read more
Friday, 16 September 2016

A 350-seat theatre and a smaller studio space are included as part of plans to make the building “a mainstay of Greater Manchester’s cultural landscape”.

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A £55m arts centre for public and student use is set to open at the University of Salford next week. Primarily designed to bring ‘state of the art facilities’ to students studying Art, Design, Fashion and other creative courses, the Adelphi Arts Centre also provides a flexible 350-seat theatre for... read more
Friday, 16 September 2016

Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organisational attitudes to data. 

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A national system for evaluating the quality of artistic work is to become compulsory for many of Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) despite an evaluation of a pilot scheme revealing wide-spread concerns about the approach. An independent evaluation of the scheme... read more
Friday, 16 September 2016

National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet are among the performing arts companies pledging to have a gender balanced board by 2020.

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Scotland’s National Performing companies have signed up to the Scottish Government’s pledge to have 50% women board members by 2020. Minister for the Scottish Parliament Angela Constance praised the announcements by Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra,... read more
Friday, 09 September 2016

A meeting of the Countries of Culture inquiry this week heard about the challenges facing regional arts organisations following local authority cuts.

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Classical music is becoming a “white, middle class thing”, the Government’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has heard. At a meeting this week, Mark Pemberton, Director of the Association of British Orchestras said he was “disturbed” by the lack of diversity of young people entering... read more