Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to merge

25 Sep 2019

Joint venture aims to 'supercharge' UK arts lobbying and business development 

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

Job Ladder: 'I’ve always followed what felt right'

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05 Dec 2019

From freelance marketing to running his own production company, Jake Orr has always been willing to take a leap into the unknown.

The learning revolution: how learning departments are driving cultural change

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28 Nov 2019

How can cultural spaces become spaces of learning? And how can learning spaces become cultural spaces? Jenny Mollica reflects on the experience of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning as it reaches its tenth anniversary.

Bonding with the Bard: how Shakespeare brought East Londoners closer together

28 Nov 2019

Can theatres really forge deep and meaningful connections with their local communities across age, class and ethnicity? Douglas Rintoul explains how Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has done just that.

Everyone welcome – of all faiths and none

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24 Oct 2019

Staff and museum users from Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership challenge Tristram Hunt’s definition of what it means to be “consciously civic”.

Celebrating the hyper-local

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17 Oct 2019

From family births to DIY successes, greasy spoons to local DJs, a collaborative project has been celebrating local radio on high streets across the country. Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton explain why the time is right for hyper-local theatre.

Heritage key to creative industries’ success, report claims

24 Sep 2019

The Heritage Alliance is calling for greater recognition and funding to support the historic places and objects that underpin creative and cultural activities, challenging the stereotype of heritage as “a decorative incidental backdrop to contemporary creative work”.

‘I want to take the emotional risk’: getting men to open up about mental health

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23 Sep 2019

Restoke anticipated difficulties getting local men to talk about their mental wellbeing – then 170 of them responded to its first casting call. Clare Reynolds explains how co-creation helped create lasting change

‘Cathedrals of culture’ competition mooted by City of Culture founder 

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19 Sep 2019

Phil Redmond said partnerships between rural areas and their historic religious buildings could help make both relevant and culturally sustainable.

Museums and tourist boards at odds over cultural tourism

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12 Sep 2019

A new survey finds that one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.

Telling new stories around disability

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05 Sep 2019

Medical museums can be deeply offensive to disabled visitors. Richard Sandell introduces a radical project that replaced prejudiced perspectives with rights and respect.

NPOs accused of ‘condescending attitudes’ towards Creative People and Places partnerships

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04 Sep 2019

A report finds that relationship dynamics regarding Arts Council England’s flagship placemaking scheme are being “partly determined by geographic and class-based inequalities”.

Real change happens from the ground up

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29 Aug 2019

Top-down programmes will never bring about meaningful change, says Cath Hume – so it’s time for arts organisations and funders to shift their approach.

Beyond sport, monarchy and wars

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29 Aug 2019

First World War centenary commemorations proved that large-scale cultural projects can effectively mark nationally significant events. The question now is ‘what next?’, says Jane Ellison.

How we doubled attendance at the UK’s most northerly arts centre

29 Aug 2019

By working in partnership and refusing to patronise audiences, Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness has attracted record numbers, says Charlotte Mountford.

Businesses aren’t investing in culture, research finds

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23 Aug 2019

Employers think that arts and culture make places more attractive for workers – but see salaries, transport and schools as more important factors.

Why the arts need more partnerships with business

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20 Aug 2019

The cultural sector needs to follow Samuel Beckett’s words and “fail again…fail better”, argues Arts Council England’s Simon Mellor.

What will Brexit mean for European arts partnerships?

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09 Aug 2019

The prospect of leaving the EU inevitably creates uncertainties – but a silver lining is a greater understanding of the value of international collaboration, says Christoph Jankowski.

The power of collaborative communities

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05 Aug 2019

To unlock the full value of culture, Arts Council England needs to support villages, towns and cities across the country to work together more closely, says the funder's Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor.

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