Bridging the gap

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30 Nov 2016

As the funding landscape shifted, universities emerged as an ideal partner for creative producers Threshold Studios. Uzma Johal and Barry Hale reveal how they have been collaborating with the University of Lincoln. 

English and Welsh universities join forces to boost cultural economy

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25 Nov 2016

Universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter will explore new collaborative ways of working with cultural organisations.

Arts Council signs strategic agreement with UWE Bristol

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17 Nov 2016

A five-year Memorandum of Understanding will commit to turning Bristol into a national centre for arts and technology.

Dancing in Derby

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17 Nov 2016

Working in a professional dance house helps dance students in Derby prepare for life after university, writes Clare Limb.

More than cosmetic changes

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17 Nov 2016

The multi-million pound reboot of the Lighthouse in Poole is only the beginning of its journey towards an inclusive participatory future, says Stephen Wrentmore.

Connecting with industry

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17 Nov 2016

A consortium of Scotland’s universities and art schools place researchers within arts and cultural organisations. Anna Scott discusses the benefits to all involved.

‘Invaluable’ music service saved by not-for-profit community organisation

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15 Nov 2016

The intervention by soundLINCS will enable the Lincolnshire-based MUSIC:LINK to continue operating into its 30th year.

Meaningful learning partnerships

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10 Nov 2016

Tate Liverpool’s work with local universities enhances its education and audience development programmes. Michael Birchall reveals how it builds and maintains these partnerships.

Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

Kindred spirits

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10 Nov 2016

Collaborations between university researchers and artists need careful managing. Michael Eades shares his three key tips for mediating successful partnerships. 

A bid for a cultural future

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10 Nov 2016

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector. 

Higher education links stimulate innovation and creativity, report finds

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30 Sep 2016

AHRC research has found that universities can help improve productivity in the creative economy by enabling knowledge exchange with creative organisations.

Arts Council launches match-funding scheme for local authorities

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23 Sep 2016

Ten of Northern Ireland’s eleven councils can apply for up to £150k if they commit to the same amount in additional expenditure on culture.

Contributing to the common good

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31 Aug 2016

Northern Ireland cannot escape its past, but its cultural leaders can work together to help it reach a new future, says Kevin Murphy.

Great Place Scheme to put culture at the heart of local plans

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05 Aug 2016

£15m will be awarded to 12 pilot places in England with schemes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the pipeline. 

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.

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