A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

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

Learning through drama: social distance without emotional distance

31 Mar 2021

Ava Hunt and Roger Wooster explore whether applied theatre has a future in a post-Covid world.

Music education must be 'front and centre' as schools return

11 Mar 2021

The Government faces calls to ensure music education is part of the catch-up curriculum after up to 10% of schools stopped teaching it in 2020.

Gypsy stories need space to travel

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03 Mar 2021

Europe’s largest ethnic minority is perhaps the most marginalised in the arts. Carl Woodward says addressing this means changing our ideas of access and inclusion in post-pandemic theatre.

Challenging ideas about children’s dance

03 Mar 2021

Performers and providers often treat young children as a passive audience. Dr Angela Pickard says they can actively create and engage – and give feedback too.

What matters is what comes next

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24 Feb 2021

With new demands being made for skills and training, Jane Ide asks: is this going to help young people into work? 

Lockdowns push young, disabled and less educated out of creative workforce

17 Feb 2021

Researchers say we should be "especially worried" about a huge drop in creatives under 25 that could lead to greater inequalities in the arts and creative industries.

Creative Kickstart to place hundreds of paid roles

11 Feb 2021

About £6m has been committed to give unemployed young people a foot in the door of the arts and cultural sector.

Education blueprint 'lacks commitment to creativity'

04 Feb 2021

The Department for Education’s employment skills policy document offers scant support for the creative industries to the detriment of the nation's recovery from Covid-19, critics say.

We must build back fairer

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27 Jan 2021

The creative sector will bounce back, writes Jane Ide. What matters is building a more inclusive sector – and not just because it’s the right thing to do.

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.

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