Busking licences will ruin livelihoods, campaigners say

28 Oct 2020

Plans to restrict busking in London's West End would limit the number of street performers and criminalise shows outside of 25 designated spots.

Families could boost sector's recovery, survey suggests

08 Oct 2020

Families are willing to pay as-usual prices for digital and outdoor arts events, but organisations' offerings must meet their specific needs, researchers say.

Arts improve wellbeing, social cohesion and child development: report

01 Oct 2020

A DCMS-commissioned study cites strong evidence that "can be trusted to guide policy" on arts interventions in some areas of health and wellbeing - but not others. 

No growth in arts engagement over 15 years

30 Sep 2020

The proportion of adults taking part in the arts is the same as it was in 2005. ACE says there is still progress to be found in the figures.

Brexit: Is the Internal Market Bill a 'soft power grab'?

18 Sep 2020

Campaigners warn that devolved nations' cultural policy is at risk amid rumours Creative Europe will be transferred to the Foreign Office.

Arts at the heart of 'Festival of Brexit', boss says

09 Sep 2020

Teams applying for a share of £3m research and development funding must include STEM sectors, marking a shift in emphasis for the cultural showcase.

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?

Photo showing a postcard being placed in a book on a bookshelf
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

Person using iPad
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

A man sitting with a macbook on his lap while wearing headphones
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”.

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