Friday, 24 March 2017
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During a period when the number of entries for arts GCSEs rose by 2%, entries for non-arts GCSEs rose by 15.7%.

Incomplete analysis and a failure to reveal the wider context have compromised the integrity of an influential report claiming there is “no evidence” that the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) has affected GCSE arts entries, AP can reveal. The report, ‘The Two Cultures’, claims that the introduction of the EBacc – a schools performance measure that includes no arts subjects – has had no discernible... read more
Thursday, 30 March 2017

The local authority has approved an investment of over £30m for a scheme that will place arts activity at the heart of regeneration plans in Greenwich.

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The Royal Borough of Greenwich has committed £31m to bring a number of landmark historic buildings back into use as part of a new creative district in Woolwich, south east London. A section of the Royal Arsenal riverfront site will be transformed into a 16,500 sq m creative hub, which will be a key... read more
Thursday, 30 March 2017

The top ten most popular attractions remain in London, although visits are down at most attractions in this group.

Sculpture at the British Museum
Visits to UK attractions last year were up by 7.2% on 2015 – or by 5.5 million – with visits to Scottish attractions increasing at an even greater rate, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). In addition, the figures show that Wales, Northern Ireland and Cornwall had... read more
Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Arts Council collaboration with Durham University will produce a report in Spring 2019, which will also consider arts in the curriculum and the role of the EBacc.

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Arts Council England (ACE) and Durham University are to set up a two-year investigation into “what happens when children experience arts and culture”. The ‘Durham Commission’ will culminate in recommendations for education and industrial strategy. An evidence review and new commissioned research... read more
Friday, 24 March 2017

The survey findings will guide the funder’s approach to improving diversity in its own workforce and be used to encourage arts organisations to do the same.

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Arts Council England (ACE) is conducting new research in a bid to understand how it, and the arts and cultural sector as a whole, can attract a more diverse workforce. The findings will be used to inform ACE’s approach to building diversity in its own workforce and guide the way it leads the wider... read more
Friday, 24 March 2017

A strategic collaboration between One Dance UK and People Dancing will focus first on encouraging primary schools to spend more on high quality dance.

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Rachel Cherry, People Dancing

A new strategic partnership to tackle inactivity and improve health and wellbeing through dance has been launched by One Dance UK and People Dancing. The collaborators intend to lobby Government to show dance is an effective way of getting people more active, improving mental health and reducing... read more
Friday, 24 March 2017

Arts Council England funding for projects to tackle disadvantage is accused of being “window dressing” in the context of local authority cuts and library closures. 

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Authors have hit out at new funding for libraries, describing it as a “a sop, a smokescreen and a whitewash”.  £3.9m from Arts Council England’s new Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund has been awarded to 30 projects in England. It aims to help libraries take innovative approaches... read more
Friday, 24 March 2017

An economic and social impact study has revealed how National Museums Liverpool contributes to the local economy, tourism, education and health and wellbeing.

Woman and baby in the museum

Mark McNulty

National Museums Liverpool (NML) contributes £53m a year and provides more than 1,200 jobs to the local economy, a new economic and social impact study has found. The report, produced by Regeneris Consulting, identifies the group’s eight museums and galleries as important contributors to the... read more
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The knowledge-sharing Small Venues Network intends to take on an additional 20 members later this year.

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A collaborative network between small performing arts venues in Yorkshire has helped attract work that would normally not come to the region, according to the results of a three-year research project. The Small Venues Network (SVN) is also credited with tackling professional isolation and allowing... read more
Monday, 20 March 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

South Korean dance

Brendan (CC BY 2.0)

Arts Council England (ACE) has cemented its relationship with Arts Council Korea (ARKO) amidst the fall-out from a censorship scandal, which saw the South Korea’s Culture Minister arrested and the Ministry announce plans for an ‘anti-blacklist’ bill. The two organisations have joined forces to... read more
Friday, 17 March 2017

A planned evaluation of the much-criticised funding portal will not lead to them retiring the system, ACE has confirmed.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has stated its intention to move all its funding programmes and open grants onto Grantium, the unpopular funding portal labelled a “nightmare” by grant applicants. The national funder has also signalled that its plans for a formal evaluation of the platform will only lead... read more
Friday, 17 March 2017

A DCMS-backed funding programme is set to extend the value of match funding offered to arts organisations raising funds through crowdfunding.


The Opera Story: Snow © Nick Rutter

A pilot programme testing the impact of matched crowdfunding is doubling the amount of funding that successful projects can receive. The scheme, run by Nesta, aims to find out whether linking grant funding to financial contributions from the public can stimulate new projects in the arts and... read more
Friday, 17 March 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme will be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later this year.

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Coventry, Great Yarmouth and Rotherham are among the areas set to benefit from a £20m investment in cultural regeneration across England. The pilot Great Place Scheme has awarded three-year funding to 16 English towns, cities and regions, to encourage them to use culture and heritage to drive... read more
Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Simon Rattle and Maria Balshaw are among the signatories to a letter highlighting a continued drop in teacher numbers and hours dedicated to creative subjects.

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Brian Slater

Arts leaders have urged the Prime Minister to drop the “un-evidenced” English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which they warn is “damaging the quality of the education offered to pupils in England”. A letter, which was delivered to Theresa May today, had more than 100 signatories, including conductor Simon... read more
Wednesday, 15 March 2017

An inquiry will consider data regarding a future skills gap, the role of a creative education, and the need for greater diversity in theatre.

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An inquiry into how the UK can nurture and develop the skills required to sustain theatre in the UK has been launched by the House of Lords. It will be used as a case study for a wider examination of support for the creative industries, following the Government’s commitment to prioritising the... read more