Why we must put wellbeing first

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04 May 2021

Sebastian Cater says cultural sector managers who make mental health a priority aren’t virtue signalling, they’re leading by example.

Outdoor arts bring creativity to communities

Dancer pictured mid flight
04 May 2021

Hannah Hartley says the outdoor arts industry’s long-held resilience and versatility has given them the tools to overcome nearly anything, just when it’s needed the most. 

BAME over - the unintended consequences

28 Apr 2021

With a Government report recommending the dropping of the term BAME, people have been challenging Kevin Osborne’s continued use of it. He remains ambivalent about the proposed change.

Culture for everyone in Scotland

Abstract image reflected in mirrors
28 Apr 2021

Andy Robertson argues for the cultural sector to become an equal stakeholder in developing a future for Scotland.

Model Music Curriculum is a missed opportunity

28 Apr 2021

Jonathan Savage says the Government’s latest intervention in music education is just another clumsy attempt at curriculum reform. The best thing to do with the Model Music Curriculum, he writes, is to ignore it.

Starting the healing process with culture

Image of Manchester City of Literature Festival
27 Apr 2021

Marie-Claire Daly reflects on what the past year has taught Greater Manchester about resilience and recovery, and what we must take forward to ensure the sector succeeds.

When altruism meets experience

Image of George and Rebecca on screen
27 Apr 2021

The pandemic has proved the power of the arts in addressing isolation. Eleanor Sutton shares how a volunteering programme is benefitting artists and the elderly alike.

Working class employees aren’t a ‘risky bet’

20 Apr 2021

The creative and cultural sectors cannot say they value equality while continuing to be one of the worst offenders for prejudice and lack of access, writes Jane Ide.

A crash course in anti-money laundering regulations

Two people in a gallery looking at a tablet
20 Apr 2021

Despite new requirements coming into force more than a year ago, many arts organisations remain woefully underprepared. Mary-Alice Stack offers some guidance.

True service is selfless

A group of people wearing masks standing outside southall manor
16 Apr 2021

Ajay Chhabra jumped at the opportunity to manage a Covid test centre in the heart of London’s South Asian community. He found that one size never fits all.

Why do we prize ballet over kathak?

Four students performing dance in a class wearing masks
16 Apr 2021

'Decolonising the curriculum' has become a touchstone for educational institutions. But what does this mean in practice? Clare Connor and Lise Uytterhoeven examine the changes ahead.

The long road to fundraising apprenticeships

13 Apr 2021

Employers in arts, culture and heritage face hard choices about what to invest in and how to effectively plan for the long term, writes Michelle Wright.

Survival depends on safer spaces

13 Apr 2021

Amanda Huxtable reflects on how racial trauma has shaped leadership within the cultural sector, taking on the responsibility for change that institutions have long avoided.

Don’t take your opera audiences for granted

13 Apr 2021

James Clutton says supporters have stood by cultural organisations through the toughest of times. They deserve transparency, care and as much opportunity to engage as possible.

Restrictions can be an inspiration for designers

13 Apr 2021

Ryan Dawson Laight had to costume virtual productions from recycled garments, self-printed fabric and actors’ own wardrobes. Here he shares how he’s adapted and flexed his skills for these testing times. 

Transforming Narratives: bringing together leadership talent

13 Apr 2021

A new cross-continent cultural leadership programme provides a unique opportunity for artists and creative professionals to collaborate. Sophina Jagot tells the story.

Reshaping our places and communities post-Covid

Revoluton picture of people carrying cooured umbrellas in front of building with mural 'We stand up for Luton'
08 Apr 2021

Cultural organisations can play a key role in creating thriving places for people to live, work and visit, but only if they reach out to creative partners beyond the local ‘culture club’. Penny Mills, Anne Torreggiani and Patrick Towell explain how.

A year of reorientation in the Borough of Brent

Kamiah, Nuradean and Santos - Vent at Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture
08 Apr 2021

Lois Stonock planned the London Borough of Culture 2020 to respond to Brexit. Then Brent became home to one of the UK’s first coronavirus fatalities.

Don’t leave your community out in the cold

Eden Court's Empire Theatre as Humanitarian Aid Centre - one of the winners of the inaugural Award for Civic Arts Organisations
07 Apr 2021

What does it mean to have a civic role in challenging times? Andrew Barnett and Deborah Bull discuss.

Visible and viable: why a Cultural Quarter makes sense

Swindon’s cultural facilities
07 Apr 2021

Swindon's new Cultural Quarter - an £80m development by Swindon Council - will be the first thing visitors see when they step off the train. Sam Rackham explains why it will be worth every penny.

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