Inspiring elite performance without the elitism

Leeds Cathedral Choir
23 Sep 2020

God? Art? Heritage? Education? In the face of a financial reckoning and a crisis of balance, can cathedral choirs harness their transformational potential before becoming an irrelevant heritage industry for the soul, asks Thomas Leech.

A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

Why ‘who you know’ doesn’t fit the bill

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19 Jan 2021

Supporting creative practitioners with opportunities at this time is vital, but do so wisely, says Guy Armitage. Running an open call may feel daunting, but it could allow you to side-step biases, put diversity at the heart of new projects and keep your audiences engaged.

Call for 'temporary amnesty' on audition fees

14 Jan 2021

Drama schools are being urged to axe "absurd" fees for virtual and self-taped auditions to protect diversity in the theatre industry.

Orchestral music's popularity grew in lockdown

07 Jan 2021

Movie scores and video game soundtracks are broadening the genre's appeal, attracting a new generation of fans who are more likely to donate.

10% of schools aren't teaching music, survey suggests

08 Dec 2020

Music teachers are putting their health at risk to continue provision under inconsistent and unclear Covid safety guidelines.

York aims for World Heritage status in 2025

03 Dec 2020

A new cultural strategy demonstrates York's commitment to redress the effects of Covid-19 by embedding culture in the city's physical and professional infrastructure, its architects say.

Royal Academy of Music students 'feared speaking out' about sexual harassment

24 Nov 2020

A review highlighting shoddy employment practices and a lack of pastoral support doesn't go far enough to change the conservatoire's culture, critics say.

Ethnic representation in children's literature reaches new, low high

18 Nov 2020

Ambitions to increase the number of creators of colour have been raised amid improvements in the incidence and portrayal of Black, Asian and ethnic minority characters.

We can’t rebuild if we’re not valued

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18 Nov 2020

Rishi Sunak said hard hit workforces like the arts may have to retrain to adapt to the new economy. Sara Whybrew counters that the new economy means we must adapt our approach to training.

How to curate for a global moment

People observing the Go On Being So exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery
12 Nov 2020

The groups least likely to visit a gallery can curate shows the public wants – and that directors would never dream to create, writes James Green.

How VR could save theatre

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05 Nov 2020

Even during the pandemic, virtual reality can offer a bridge into theatre for digitally curious audiences. Laura Mallows explains how Theatre-in-VR can reach those whose go-to artforms might normally be cinema, gaming or visual art.

Breaking new ground: how do the arts affect mental health?

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15 Oct 2020

Research into the relationship between culture, health and wellbeing could unlock an understanding of how the mental health of young people can be supported by cultural activity. Dr Robyn Dowlen talks to Anne Torreggiani about progress so far.

Families could boost sector's recovery, survey suggests

08 Oct 2020

Families are willing to pay as-usual prices for digital and outdoor arts events, but organisations' offerings must meet their specific needs, researchers say.

Arts improve wellbeing, social cohesion and child development: report

01 Oct 2020

A DCMS-commissioned study cites strong evidence that "can be trusted to guide policy" on arts interventions in some areas of health and wellbeing - but not others. 

'Bubble of one': Disability arts educators fear exclusions

18 Sep 2020

As schools reopen, the barriers to resuming arts education for disabled children "have been hugely increased".

Millennials make up more of post-Covid audiences, survey indicates

03 Sep 2020

An apparent growth in younger audiences could be a "silver lining" for the sector as fewer older people patronise the arts.

In a post-pandemic world, could an arts-rich classroom become the norm?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: 'The Comedy of Errors' at Nelson Mandela Primary School
03 Sep 2020

As schools reopen for the new year, arts education needs to rise to short and long-term challenges to be successful and remain relevant. Jacqui O’Hanlon proposes a way forward.

Earlyarts UK closes due to Covid-19

20 Aug 2020

After 18 years' work in arts and education, coronavirus was "the final straw" in an ongoing battle for income.

‘New normal’ emerges in GCSE and A level arts uptake

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11 Jun 2020

The proportion of school pupils taking music and drama at GCSE looks set to stabilise around 20% lower than in 2015, when a dramatic slide in uptake began.

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