International cultural exchange

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22 Jun 2017

Delivering training to creative businesses across Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean has taught Visiting Arts the value of forming relationships face-to-face, says Sophia Victoria.

Getting to know the neighbours

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21 Jun 2017

As producer-in-residence of a whole town, Bridget Floyer explains how she treats the residents as neighbours rather than audiences or participants.

Programming in partnership

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14 Jun 2017

mac Birmingham’s outreach programmes are creating meaningful dialogue between the arts centre and local communities, artists and cultural organisations. Daniel Fountain spoke to those involved to find out how.

Keeping the tourists busy

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08 Jun 2017

Millions of tourists flock to see Shakespeare’s England, but they don’t all have time to catch a play. Geraldine Collinge explains how the RSC has extended its offer beyond theatre. 

A success story for dance

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01 Jun 2017

A European Union-funded dance project won ‘success story’ status from a panel of experts for its impact, creative approach and the inspiration it gave others. Carole Blade tells the story.

London theatres join forces to support creatives

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30 May 2017

Theatre makers in the capital are the focus for a new network aiming to improve working practices and support for artists. 

From small beginnings

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18 May 2017

What could two independent music practitioners achieve by starting international conversations about music-making with children with special needs? Tom Northey tells the story.

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.

Join the sharing economy

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20 Apr 2017

Sharing skills and resources is not just about altruism, it can unlock new sources of revenue for arts organisations. Benita Matofska shares five tips for getting started. 

Queen Mary latest university to sign Arts Council partnership

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07 Apr 2017

The agreement will see the two institutions collaborate on creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement.

New network aims to connect every theatre in Europe

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31 Mar 2017

The EU-backed Theatron project is hoping to have its funding extended to launch a new network to continue connecting theatre professionals across Europe.

‘Durham Commission’ to assess young people, creativity and education

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28 Mar 2017

The Arts Council collaboration with Durham University will produce a report in Spring 2019, which will also consider arts in the curriculum and the role of the EBacc.

More than a dance tour

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28 Mar 2017

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

Creating coastal communities

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28 Mar 2017

Following the launch of the Cultural Coastal Network, Polly Gifford explains why it’s needed and what it hopes to achieve.

National dance bodies join forces to tackle inactivity

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24 Mar 2017

A strategic collaboration between One Dance UK and People Dancing will focus first on encouraging primary schools to spend more on high quality dance.

A dialogue with the audience

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23 Mar 2017

In a bid to listen more to its audiences, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launched a collaborative project that resulted in an ‘audience manifesto’. Amanda Dalton shares the surprising results.

Collaborative network broadens arts offer in Yorkshire

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22 Mar 2017

The knowledge-sharing Small Venues Network intends to take on an additional 20 members later this year.

Arts Council collaborates on arts projects with South Korea

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20 Mar 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

Arts Council England forges strategic links with Salford

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24 Feb 2017

A ‘three-way’ agreement signals a commitment to cultural education, continuing professional development and place-making in the city.

Sharing the stage

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23 Feb 2017

Realising they shared values and aims, Sage Gateshead and Newcastle United Foundation decided to team up. Wendy Smith describes a project that brought music lovers and football fans together. 

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