Imagining a better future

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14 Feb 2019

Without creative thinking, society will sleepwalk into a climate disaster. The arts have a crucial role to play in inspiring, challenging and provoking us into action, says Judith Knight.

Whose play is it anyway?

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07 Feb 2019

Theatrical productions typically give priority either to the playwright’s text or the director's interpretation. Eve Leigh challenges theatre to move on from these hierarchical models and open up new space for more trusting and collaborative work.

From Hull to Freetown and back

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07 Feb 2019

A project bringing together theatre-makers from Hull Truck Theatre and Freetown in Sierra Leone has overcome logistical and cultural barriers to develop new insight. Alina Cretu talks to Amanda Huxtable and Adam Pownall.

Embracing business

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08 Nov 2018

As arts and cultural organisations rise to the challenges facing the sector, some are adopting new and ground-breaking templates for their relationships with business. Patrick Towell surveys the changing landscape.

Part of the furniture

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08 Nov 2018

Dance company Motionhouse’s partnership with a furniture manufacturer is as close as it gets – they work side by side. Louise Richards explains how the unusual collaboration developed.

The art of management

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08 Nov 2018

Artists are using their creative insight to advise business on strategies and methods of production. Catherine Morel and Philippe Mairesse explain how.

Creating confident communicators

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08 Nov 2018

When Oxford Playhouse was asked if it could run acting technique workshops for John Lewis, the answer had to be a yes, says Louise Chantal.

Reasons to be generous

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08 Nov 2018

What motivates businesses to support the arts? David Watt explores the main reasons beyond 'doing the right thing'.

Peers voice concern for post-Brexit arts in ‘beautifully one-sided’ debate

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12 Oct 2018

The Government representative did not provide any further clarity on the future of EU arts funding, progress on reciprocal agreements or timetables.

Manchester invites feedback on new cultural strategy

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05 Oct 2018

Wellbeing and the economy are among the key themes of the strategy, with the final version due to be published later this year.

Arts Council sparks controversy with ‘practical guide’ to cultural democracy

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21 Sep 2018

Calls for unity have been made following comments accusing Arts Council England of appropriating a radical movement and likening the national funder to Nigel Farage playing the sitar at WOMAD festival.

Crowdfunding campaigns found to build new audiences and raise profile

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17 Aug 2018

Just one in ten of the arts organisations participating in Nesta’s matched crowdfunding programme said the effort they put into the project was too great in relation to the benefits.

Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

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10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

‘Donut’ venues boost community engagement, report finds

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09 Aug 2018

Three outer city venues around Leeds were found to have generated committed core audiences in areas perceived as barren.

Cultural sector to ACE: we need support, not measurement

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20 Jul 2018

A report commissioned by Arts Council England finds that two-thirds of the sector want the body to advocate its value to central government, but only a minority think it should be measuring quality.

Jeremy Wright becomes new Culture Secretary

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10 Jul 2018

Matt Hancock’s promotion to Health Secretary means the lead role at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is now filled by the former Attorney General with a taste for James Bond films.

Job Ladder – Miguel Oyarzun

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05 Jul 2018

Now Co-Director of both a major arts centre in Madrid and BE FESTIVAL in Birmingham – roles he shares with his partner Isla Aguilar – Miguel Oyarzun reflects on his career to date.

Scotland plans to make culture central to policy-making

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29 Jun 2018

A draft of the first Scottish culture strategy to be produced in a decade reveals plans for a new cultural leadership post within Government and new ways of funding the arts.

The Audience Agency joins forces with innovation agency

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08 Jun 2018

Golant Media Ventures will merge with The Audience Agency’s enterprise arm as the sector support organisation strengthens its focus on technology.

Making German connections

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06 Jun 2018

Keen to maintain a connection between Wales and Germany after Brexit, British Council Wales organised a week-long performing arts festival in Dresden. Rebecca Gould tells the story.

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