Manifestos vary in commitment to the arts

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17 Apr 2015

All bar UKIP affirm the value of the arts and culture in society, but only The Greens commit to increased funding and a more holistic integration of the arts into social progress.

No clear and simple answers

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09 Apr 2015

Creating a network of ambassadors to promote culture and creativity in schools in the north east of England has been a bigger and more complex job than Ednie Wilson first anticipated.

Wales delivers on equality with access card scheme

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27 Mar 2015

Arts venues in Wales have joined forces to implement a new national scheme that aims to provide more consistent and reliable arts experiences for disabled people.

A future of dependent living

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19 Feb 2015

The closure of the Independent Living Fund and cuts to the Access to Work scheme will lead to a massive reduction in the number of disabled people participating and working in the mainstream arts world, warns Helen Bayliss.

ACNI sets targets for engaging disabled people in the arts

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18 Feb 2015

A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts. 

Lessons from the past

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29 Jan 2015

Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.

Unlimited access

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01 Dec 2014

To make Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival a success, Wendy Martin knew that she had to improve accessibility for the 100 performers and artists with disabilities.

Northern Ireland prioritises access

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06 Nov 2014

The Arts Council’s new five-year strategy makes a commitment to promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion, while strengthening the sector to withstand funding cuts.

Untransformed attitudes

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04 Sep 2014

A senior arts professional speaks out on discrimination in the arts, asking why “disabled people are nearly invisible with embarrassingly few leaders”.

An online presence

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04 Sep 2014

Creating a level playing field for visual artists is the aim of online gallery Outside In. Kate Davey tells how its surgery days show artists how to display their work online.

Between arts and academia

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17 Jul 2014

Universities and the cultural sector can work in partnership to drive innovation, widen participation and engage a broader public, writes Deborah Bull.

Cinema screenings fail to create a new audience for opera

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30 May 2014

Live broadcasts are attracting a dedicated older audience who value affordability and accessibility, a new survey has found.

No more feast or famine

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26 May 2014

The AccessArt website has switched from being project-funded to self-sustaining thanks to its membership income. Paula Briggs tells the story.

Lottery funding landscape laid bare

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25 Apr 2014

The distribution of Lottery funding for the arts is a closed system, operating for the benefit of a small number of arts organisations but to the detriment of wider society and the economy, according to a new report by the authors who recently revealed England’s regional arts funding imbalance.

My Gurus

26 Feb 2014

Suba Das, Curve’s Associate Director of Community Engagement, tells us about his gurus.

Created in code

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10 Feb 2014

Seb Lee-Delisle describes how he used computer programming to create an interactive fireworks display.

Tipping the balance

31 Oct 2013

If ‘access for everyone’ is the policy goal, then regional funding is the elephant in the room, says Liz Hill.

The arts in a box

Image of children playing on sofa at Bloomsbury Festival
30 Sep 2013

The Bloomsbury Festival in a Box outreach scheme is tackling cultural exclusion, reports Cathy Mager.

Arts organisations fall down on the marketing of accessible events

Individual in a wheelchair watches arts event
06 Sep 2013

Improvements in physical access for disabled people have not been matched by better strategies to attract audiences, says new report.  

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