“Only a fool or a knave” trusts quality metrics, say academics

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02 Jun 2017

Researchers have published a damning attack on the use of quantitative measures to assess artistic quality, warning Arts Council England of the potential consequences of rolling out the Culture Counts system.

£1.5m for cultural placemaking in Wales

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26 May 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme, which uses culture and heritage to deliver social and economic agendas, has been rolled out to Scotland and Wales.

What are we counting?

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25 May 2017

Roger Tomlinson has more questions than answers about the quality metrics system that Arts Council England’s larger NPOs will soon be required to use.

Creative Industries Federation pulls out of election event with Labour

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19 May 2017

The industry body said it was forced to drop out as Labour would not commit to “proper scrutiny”.

Museums across Europe targeted by oil protestors

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16 May 2017

The British Museum confiscated items including bow ties and waistcoats from campaigners in London because it was “not aware of what the protestors intended to do with them”.

Labour manifesto promises to deliver culture for all

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12 May 2017

Labour’s draft manifesto outlines plans to put creativity at the heart of education and make a £1bn investment in ‘creative clusters’, but offers no increases in direct funding for the arts.

London culture spend third highest in the world

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12 May 2017

A comparison of 16 world cities shows the capital’s £1.2bn annual spend is behind only Moscow and Paris.

Applications to Creative Scotland drop significantly

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09 May 2017

The introduction of two-year Open Project Funding is thought to have led to a drop in the number of arts organisations applying for Regular Funding.

Private giving ‘not a total solution’ to arts funding shortfalls

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05 May 2017

The size of an arts organisation is more important than location when it comes to attracting donations and sponsorship, new analysis has found.

Theatre’s talent pipeline is “leaking”, peers’ report warns

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05 May 2017

A House of Lords inquiry raises concerns that young people from diverse backgrounds are being discouraged from entering careers in theatre, putting the sector’s future cultural and economic success at risk.

Creative Industries Federation issues election manifesto for arts

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25 Apr 2017

Calls for the creative industries to remain a priority during Brexit negotiations, and for new policies to provide economic security and address the “skills time bomb” in the sector, are among the proposals.

DCMS: Arts Council should be development agency

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25 Apr 2017

The national funder is told to focus on financial resilience, transparency and digital engagement in the first review for seven years.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

Northern Ireland’s arts “teetering on the brink” as funding withheld

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13 Apr 2017

Political deadlock has forced the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to withhold 50% of all grants for its annually funded organisations.

Peer calls for statutory arts funding

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07 Apr 2017

Local authority arts cuts, the regional imbalance in funding and the risks posed by Brexit were all subjects of debate in the House of Lords last week.

BBC joins forces with cultural funders to increase arts audiences

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05 Apr 2017

The Culture UK partnership will develop three arts festivals each year, while a new £4m fund will help arts organisations create work for broadcast and online.

Navigating a different world

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05 Apr 2017

Autism and dyslexia have long been associated with creativity, but is the arts sector doing enough to support neurodivergent artists? Susan Jones highlights some concerns and opportunities. 

Museums in ‘crisis’ as a quarter are dealt public funding cuts

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04 Apr 2017

Despite the cuts, many museums are managing to increase income through commercial activities and fundraising, the Museums Association’s survey has found.

Go-ahead for Woolwich creative district

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30 Mar 2017

The local authority has approved an investment of over £30m for a scheme that will place arts activity at the heart of regeneration plans.

An inconvenient truth

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28 Mar 2017

Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

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