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.

Audience development agency to close after Creative Scotland cuts

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13 Jul 2018

15 employees will be affected by the closure of Culture Republic, following the loss of its annual funding from Creative Scotland.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland consults on new 5-year strategy

A rehearsal at Stage Beyond, a theatre company for adults with learning difficulties
11 Jul 2018

Political deadlock has led to the current strategy being extended for a year.

DCMS proposes tenfold increase in society lottery sales limit

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06 Jul 2018

The Government is consulting on proposals that include increasing the amount society lotteries can raise to £100m a year, but Camelot has warned that the changes could put returns to good causes at risk.

Creative business growth stunted by lack of finance

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05 Jul 2018

Creative enterprises often rely on informal funding and believe financiers do not understand their business fully, new research finds.

Attracting audiences other artforms cannot reach

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05 Jul 2018

How do outdoor arts have the potential to reach audiences other artforms can’t, and how can we best support the sector, asks Penny Mills.

Small charities key to public sector success, research finds

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29 Jun 2018

A new report is calling on public service commissioners to offer charities grants instead of contracts to protect their distinctive offer to society.

Roundhouse outlines vision for £15m centre for young creatives

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28 Jun 2018

The London arts venue still needs to find £5m to begin work on the project, which would provide space and support to 18 to 30 year olds looking to start a career in the creative industries.

Only fools and dreamers

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28 Jun 2018

Setting up a new theatre in a former bus depot with no funding was a leap of faith for its two founders. Peter Tate and Anthony Biggs tell the story.

MPs call for more transparency over Lottery sales and spend

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22 Jun 2018

A letter signed by 30 Labour MPs expresses concern that National Lottery ticket buyers are subsidising arts and community projects in cities while their own areas miss out.

Inquiry slams Creative Scotland over management failure

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22 Jun 2018

MSPs are “very concerned” by the national arts funder’s handling of its Regular Funding application process.

£20m place-based arts fund a ‘new approach to investment’

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22 Jun 2018

Four or five urban areas in England’s regions will be awarded up to £7m in Government funding to support cultural regeneration.

Closures as NPOs have arts council funding offers withdrawn

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15 Jun 2018

Three theatre organisations that were made funding offers last year have not been accepted into Arts Council England’s national portfolio.

Data map reveals levels of arts engagement across England

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15 Jun 2018

The data will be used by Arts Council England to inform a £24m investment in new areas through its Creative People and Places programme.

Decline of National Lottery sales begins to reverse

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08 Jun 2018

A 1.7% increase in returns to the arts has been credited to a “nice run of luck” and a series of new initiatives by National Lottery operator Camelot.

Creative Scotland trials matched crowdfunding scheme

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06 Jun 2018

The launch follows research into the power of match funding to boost public donations to arts organisations and increase fundraising skills.

Time, space and money

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31 May 2018

Many artists find it difficult to sustain their practice early on in their careers. Nicola Sim shares the findings of her research into how arts organisations and funders can best support them.

Europe plans €400m increase to culture budget

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23 May 2018

The proposed 27% increase would take funding for the creative and cultural sector up to €1.9bn for the years 2021-27.

Visual arts organisation ‘throws in the towel’ after 40 years

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22 May 2018

Exeter’s Spacex has marked its demise by publishing a satirical conversation around the imbalance of power between those in- and outside ACE’s regularly funded network.

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