Are we misunderstanding cultural democracy?

Street art in Bristol
20 Sep 2018

Has Arts Council England got cultural democracy wrong? Steven Hadley and Eleonora Belfiore argue for a more thorough questioning of existing hierarchies.

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.

Supporting ourself by supporting others

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20 Sep 2018

When James Haddrell took on the directorship of Greenwich Theatre over ten years ago, he didn’t know if the company had a future at all. Here he charts its imaginative route to recovery.

Call for free business support for arts sector

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14 Sep 2018

Arts professionals show a “continuing aversion” to the language of business support, despite a strong interest in accessing business support services.

Scottish Government promises new fund to protect culture after Brexit

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13 Sep 2018

The programme will be in place by May 2019, with a focus on international cultural partnerships.

Wasted youth

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13 Sep 2018

Laura Bailey explains how Kent County Council is aiming to integrate arts and culture into its commissioned services across the board - even in waste management.

Measuring the difference you make

13 Sep 2018

Arts organisations are under growing pressure to demonstrate social impact. Emma Taylor-Collins explains how they can gain robust, high quality evidence to measure their success.

Camelot revamps prize draws to boost returns to good causes

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07 Sep 2018

The public’s growing preference for scratch cards and instant win games is eroding the proportion of sales that go to good causes.

Campaigners celebrate as museums end ties with oil giant

Photo of a Fossil Free Culture NL performance
31 Aug 2018

The Van Gogh Museum and Mauritshuis have said the decision to break with Shell was mutual, and sponsorship agreements that expired this summer would not be renewed.

Stop feeling threatened by artists, culture ministers told

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30 Aug 2018

The power of culture to address social challenges has emerged as a key theme at a Culture Summit involving Government officials from 45 countries.

Investing in resilience

Students gathered around a display at the National Holocaust Centre and Museum
28 Aug 2018

How does a dyed-in-the-wool advocate for public subsidy of culture feel about social investment for the arts and cultural sector? Moira Sinclair reflects on what she learned as a committee member of the Arts Impact Fund.

Time to prepare for “catastrophic” no-deal Brexit, warns CIF

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23 Aug 2018

The Creative Industries Federation advises arts organisations to carry out an audit of their direct dependency on the EU and consider setting up a European base.

Crowdfunding campaigns found to build new audiences and raise profile

Crowd
17 Aug 2018

Just one in ten of the arts organisations participating in Nesta’s matched crowdfunding programme said the effort they put into the project was too great in relation to the benefits.

Scotland ring-fences cash for touring

All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre at Hidden Door 2018
10 Aug 2018

Creative Scotland has announced details of a new Touring Fund offering organisations outside its Regular Funding portfolio the chance to make and tour new work.

ACE draws on Lottery reserves for NPO funding

The Institute of Contemporary Arts
03 Aug 2018

As well as receiving core funding from the Lottery, Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations were awarded over half of all Strategic and Capital funding last year.

Local authority culture budgets down £48m in 5 years

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27 Jul 2018

Cultural spend has been reallocated or cut to zero at four more councils this year, and some local authorities are turning a profit through culture and heritage.

Creative Europe funding boosts UK culture, research finds

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20 Jul 2018

91 companies and organisations in the UK were supported by Creative Europe last year, receiving 10% of the scheme’s total funds.

Cultural sector to ACE: we need support, not measurement

Musicians performing in the street
20 Jul 2018

A report commissioned by Arts Council England finds that two-thirds of the sector want the body to advocate its value to central government, but only a minority think it should be measuring quality.

UK leads soft power index

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20 Jul 2018

The country’s culture was ranked second globally, remaining behind the US and ahead of France and Germany.

The potential of grassroots culture

People dancing at a Jive Party event in London
19 Jul 2018

Grassroots culture undeniably delivers huge benefits to communities and local economies, but Martin Cox believes it could also resuscitate the funded cultural sector.

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