Motorway towns drive UK’s creative growth

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29 Jul 2016

The UK’s geography of creativity is growing, but music and performing arts are “blind spots” in policy-makers’ support for the creative industries, report finds.

Birmingham looks for new ways to fund arts and culture

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22 Jul 2016

Almost 50 new approaches to finance, collaboration and fundraising have been put forward in the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry.

ACE and Forestry Commission pen four-year partnership

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15 Jul 2016

England’s public forests will continue to host artworks following a renewed commitment by the two government bodies.

Collaborative resilience

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14 Jul 2016

Kerry Wilson discusses the complexities and rewards of cross-sector collaborative working and networked cultural leadership in an age of resilience.

Street art and circus to address coastal deprivation

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01 Jul 2016

A national project will put a street arts and circus touring network at the heart of plans to revitalise the economies of England’s coastal towns.

The Gorbals lives again

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09 Jun 2016

A 100-metre high public artwork isn’t always the answer. Peter McCaughey reflects on why he took a more dispersed approach to an art strategy for a housing project in inner Glasgow.

Memorandum of Understanding links ACE with De Montfort University

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25 May 2016

A “trailblazing” agreement between Arts Council England and a higher education body hopes to get more students involved in the arts. 

New network to link university arts centres

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19 May 2016

A membership body is being set up to develop the work of university arts centres in response to conclusions from the Warwick Commission inquiry.

Collaboration drives ambitions for dance in the North and London

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19 May 2016

Plans for a Leeds-based centre for excellence in dance and a “world-leading hub for dance” in East London are aiming to put England on the international dance map.

Learning from rocket science

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04 May 2016

After a secondment at NASA, Hannah Bird urges the cultural sector to follow its example in areas like experimentation, collaboration, risk and failure.

Network linking creatives and academics launched across UK

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29 Apr 2016

Seed funding has been allocated to ten partnerships as part of a two-year pilot project nurturing collaboration between academics and creative small businesses.

Forum to boost university collaborations with the arts

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01 Apr 2016

A new Culture Forum for the North of England aims to tap the benefits of collaborative research and development projects.

Developing a narrative for people, communities and place

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03 Mar 2016

How can arts organisations present their offer more effectively to public service commissioners? Five pilot consortia have been working to do just that and Jessica Harris reports on what they’ve learned. 

A model for music education

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23 Feb 2016

The challenge to nurture and support cultural and music education outside London is on. Ian Thomas assesses a model that brings together several music services across four local authorities.

Audiences Europe Network to rethink its future

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18 Feb 2016

After a failed bid to the Creative Europe programme and the end of a previous strand of European funding, network organisers are considering scaling back activities.

A match made in Sheffield

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11 Feb 2016

Every year, 40,000 people are drawn to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre for an event that is neither a play nor a musical. Bookey Oshin reports on an unusual partnership. 

Selling circus

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03 Feb 2016

When audiences for her contemporary circus tours stagnated, Rachel Clare of Crying Out Loud realised a fresh approach was needed. She reveals how Circus Evolution has revolutionised circus marketing.

On the touchline

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26 Jan 2016

The local rugby league club proved to be the secret to getting a town with low arts engagement interested in a cultural programme, explains Patrick Fox.

Project to promote academic/practitioner links

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25 Jan 2016

Higher education institutions will be working with artists and micro creative enterprises in an attempt to improve the flow of information and expertise between the two sectors.

Filling the gap

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21 Jan 2016

Despite a thriving theatre scene, Arthur Stafford couldn’t help but feel Manchester’s playwrights weren’t receiving the support they needed. So he set about changing things.

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