Welsh Culture and Race Taskforce launched

06 Jul 2020

The collective seeks to influence decision makers and put race at the forefront of the sector’s recovery, but the Arts Council of Wales says it won’t fund a group ‘set up to lobby us’.

Coventry City of Culture delayed until May 2021

Paper Peace, part of Coventry 2021's first campaign, Humans of Coventry
03 Jul 2020

Partners say the new date means the cultural showcase “can be reimagined in response to challenges facing the country”.

Director steps down to accelerate diversity plans

Lois Keidan with Bonzo, her dog
12 Jun 2020

Lois Keidan is leaving the Live Art Development Agency – which has an exclusively white workforce – to help address “critical issues of representation”.

Why creatives should design the experiences of their art

two children at dusk on a beach holding hands and looking at what looks like a jellyfish in the sky
10 Jun 2020

Competition in the ‘experience economy’ combined with the circumstances of the pandemic mean it’s time for the cultural sector to think harder about the experiences that audiences would like to have – and are prepared to pay for, says Patrick Towell.

A fairer Lottery – would it work here?

woman buying a lottery ticket in a shop
30 Apr 2020

Elsewhere in the world national lotteries are being run in ways that don’t rely on the profits from gambling, while providing an incentive for businesses to pay their taxes. Are there lessons to be learned? Graeme Bennett looks at the evidence.

Can cultural organisations ever be radical?

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08 Apr 2020

Once-ridiculed activists are increasingly setting the agenda, but can radical practices co-exist with organisational forms adopted from mainstream culture? Lois Keidan examines the evidence.

Creative conversations to start the day

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26 Mar 2020

How do you keep connected in our Covid-19 world? #CreativeNetwork is a chance to talk about creative responses to enforced separation – and drink coffee together. Jemma Neville explains. 

Mounting pressure to protect freelancers' income

23 Mar 2020

Surveys say 70% fear they can't pay the bills, 60% expect their income to halve and 50% have lost all their scheduled work.

Covid-19: Connecting online during social distancing

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17 Mar 2020

As the sector turns to technology, here’s what you need to know about running online-only events.

ACE warned of ‘structural problems’ with strategy

11 Mar 2020

Advocates hope the funder’s upcoming delivery plan will address concerns its strategy does not support communities’ involvement in decision making.

Sector fights ‘impossible’ new visa rules for EU nationals

26 Feb 2020

Shocked musicians fear European countries will respond in kind to stricter visa and immigration requirements for touring artists.

Night Czar paid £1k to host Borough of Culture event

12 Feb 2020

A political opponent has accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of “cronyism” after his appointee and friend received money from the city’s culture budget.

Arts sector joins forces on 'manifesto for inclusion'

07 Feb 2020

The collaborative seeks to address barriers to diversity across artforms and protected characteristics, rather than through piecemeal initiatives.

Arts centre faces closure as landlord hikes rent by 300%

05 Feb 2020

The independent venue funds high-profile exhibitions by dressing celebrities like Bob Dylan, Kanye West and Angelina Jolie. But after 27 years, its founder says he’s on the losing end of “a long, expensive game”.

Not worth the effort? Contenders drop out of UK City of Culture race

30 Jan 2020

Two of seven cities that expressed interest in the title for 2025 have decided not to bid, and a third is reconsidering its stance. Is it a big city’s game?

Who's afraid of contemporary art?

'Snow White: Reimagined' performed by Collective31
23 Jan 2020

If we think of contemporary art as only suitable for experienced audiences, we are missing huge opportunities to inspire newcomers, says Naomi Wright.

“We surprised ourselves”: Exit Interview with Judith Knight

18 Nov 2019

Forty years after founding Artsadmin, departed Director Judith Knight has just one regret: “it’s the most boring name for a company that’s ever existed, probably.”

Arts Councils won’t enforce minimum pay

08 Nov 2019

The Arts Council of Wales has said it won’t fund projects that don’t budget minimum pay rates for artists. We asked the other councils why they aren’t doing the same.

£2m study into ‘scaling up’ arts and health interventions

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01 Nov 2019

A research team of artists, scientists and clinicians will investigate “the impact and scalability of arts interventions” on the physical and mental health of more than 800 patients.

£250m funding boost for culture

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17 Oct 2019

The Government’s “biggest ever single investment in cultural infrastructure” will pay for building maintenance in musuems, technology for libraries and regeneration projects.

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