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.

Push to broaden school/arts partnerships in London

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15 Jan 2016

Opportunities for schools to connect with cultural organisations in the capital will be shared through a new online platform aiming to improve communication between the two.

A play for the nation

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14 Jan 2016

The RSC’s Dream 16 will involve 18 professional actors, 14 amateur casts and 58 groups of schoolchildren. As rehearsals begin, Erica Whyman explains why she is both excited and daunted.

Reasons to work together

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17 Dec 2015

Membership of the Dance Touring Partnership has helped Warwick Arts Centre programme distinctive work and attract new audiences. Alan Rivett discusses the benefits and dangers of collaborative working.

Bristol City Council and ACE sign Memorandum of Understanding

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04 Dec 2015

A four-year Memorandum of Understanding outlines a potential model for collaboration between Arts Council England and local authorities if devolution progresses.

The partnerships puff

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29 Oct 2015

Where does our growing drive to work in partnership come from? And is it anything more than a way of sweetening the bitter pill of funding cuts? Dr James Doeser shares his thoughts.

Partnerships a mixed blessing, research finds

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16 Oct 2015

The wider benefits of partnership-working in the cultural sector could be undervalued if the effectiveness of this approach is judged in purely economic terms, according to a new study.

ACE to support 50 new cultural education partnerships

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15 Oct 2015

Bridge organisations will initiate new partnerships that aim to help deliver a consistent cultural education to all children and young people.

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