Life in the arts across Europe

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27 Mar 2018

Artists from across Europe describe what it’s like to work in their country of origin – from the almost desperate situation for some freelance artists in Spain to the generous support on offer in Arctic Norway.

Major funders seek to reduce ‘burdensome’ reporting requirements

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11 Jan 2019

A group of funders including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation are to test a set of key principles to make grant reporting a more “meaningful and mutually beneficial experience”.

Drawing people in

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03 Jan 2019

Bristol Old Vic, England’s oldest theatre, is now also open as a visitor attraction and heritage destination. Emma Stenning explains why - and how - the venue embarked on this new venture.

Looking beyond the obvious

03 Jan 2019

It is right to celebrate those local authorities committed to funding culture, but long-term sustainability may depend on developing entirely new approaches, argues Gary Topp.

Slashing local arts budgets leads to additional financial loss, analysis suggests

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21 Dec 2018

Arts organisations in Bath have consistently leveraged three times as much financial support from other sources as they have been granted by the local council, new data reveals.

NI arts sector warned 2019 may be ‘most challenging year yet’

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21 Dec 2018

“The future is bleak unless new innovative solutions to the funding challenge can be found,” says the Chair of Arts Council Northern Ireland.

Culture funding falls in Scottish budget

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20 Dec 2018

The budget allocation for 'Creative Scotland and other arts' includes £10m for Screen Scotland and a £6.6m boost for the regularly funded portfolio to compensate for reduced lottery income.

Liverpool Everyman drops out of National Portfolio

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07 Dec 2018

Arts Council England has guaranteed funding at the same level for the venue, which says the financial strain of maintaining a rep company took the organisation “towards a tipping point from which we now need to step back”.

Lottery funding distribution must be ‘returned to the people’, say campaigners

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07 Dec 2018

A new paper says that it is only by ‘rebalancing’ cultural funding from arts councils to local groups that cultural democracy can be achieved.

The councils backing culture

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06 Dec 2018

Local authority cuts to the arts may be widely reported, but some councils are investing serious money in cultural development, says Andrew Dixon.

Arts Council of Wales consults on lottery spending

30 Nov 2018

The consultation, which will guide spending for the period 2019-24, includes proposals for introducing three- to five-year funding periods for grants from the National Lottery.

Shadow minister: arts funding ‘should be conditional on ethical employment’

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29 Nov 2018

Justin Madders made the comments in relation to a tribunal hearing concerning the employment rights of art educators at the National Gallery, which could set a precedent for the public sector.

The elephant in the room – should trustees be obliged to give?

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29 Nov 2018

Should trustees on arts boards always be expected to give a donation, as is commonly the case in the US? Michelle Wright weighs up the pros and cons of this thorny issue.

Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

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16 Nov 2018

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

Lottery arts funding up £30m

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16 Nov 2018

After a difficult few years, sales are gradually recovering, with returns to the arts up 23% on the first half of last year.

New network to support governance best practice

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England says that if necessary, it will step in and insist on a change of leadership at its funded clients.

National museums’ fundraising income drops as major campaigns end

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09 Nov 2018

Tate, the British Museum and Imperial War Museums have all recently completed drives to gain support for large-scale capital work, but economic changes also played a part in the decline.

Factory Manchester overspend nears £20m

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09 Nov 2018

Changes to block out noise, alongside rocketing design and construction costs, have added millions to the project’s budget, the council admits.

Creating confident communicators

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08 Nov 2018

When Oxford Playhouse was asked if it could run acting technique workshops for John Lewis, the answer had to be a yes, says Louise Chantal.

Reasons to be generous

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08 Nov 2018

What motivates businesses to support the arts? David Watt explores the main reasons beyond 'doing the right thing'.

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