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.

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.

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'.

Wales urged to consider moving music services away from local authorities

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02 Nov 2018

The Government has also been advised to establish national pop and rock competitions, and significantly increase funding for musical instruments.

National Gallery ends corporate partnership with Shell

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25 Oct 2018

The decision follows years of protest and the termination of similar relationships at two major Dutch galleries.

Nesta opens £3.7m loan fund

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22 Oct 2018

Arts, cultural and creative organisations will receive lower interest rates if they can demonstrate positive social impact.

A different kind of dialogue

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18 Oct 2018

Approaches to assessing cultural value are stuck in a financially reductionist ‘value = money’ orbit. We should be examining people’s experiences of culture, and the meaning that comes from those experiences, says Julian Meyrick.

Bath council to close arts development service

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12 Oct 2018

The decision comes as the region develops a new cultural strategy, aimed at improving access to the arts and recognising the positive impacts of culture on wellbeing.

Off the shelf

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04 Oct 2018

As local authority cuts continue to squeeze culture and heritage budgets, libraries offer a way for councils to preserve access to the arts, says Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

Arts organisations must be allowed to die, report claims

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28 Sep 2018

A new report on resilience in the arts encourages a shift in thinking from individual sustainability to the health of a sector as a whole.

Lords told of lack of support for rural arts

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28 Sep 2018

A Select Committee on the rural economy will report back next year on the sorts of interventions needed to support local amenities and tackle deprivation.

Arts Council England to consider micro grants

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28 Sep 2018

The national funder responded to select questions from Twitter in its “first ever live online review of the year”.

The consistency illusion

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27 Sep 2018

The arts are important because they matter to us, and any attempts to further justify them lead to an impoverished and less human life, says Carter Gillies.

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.

Are we misunderstanding cultural democracy?

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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.

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