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

Photo of National Railway Museum, York
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.

Bridging the gap between art and academia

01 Oct 2019

The University of Lincoln's School of Fine and Performing Arts is thought to be unique in employing a professional producer to support students' creative work. Rachel Baynton explains how her role bridges the gap between academia and artistic practice.

My Gurus: 'Only take what is needed'

A photo of Victoria Pratt
27 Jun 2019

A nature writer, a conservation group and the Sámi people of Northern Finland have all been among the key influences on the work of Victoria Pratt, Creative Director of the interactive art studio Invisible Flock.

Job Ladder - Tom Velvick

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23 May 2019

Tom Velvick looks back on how a career that began in advertising has now led to him overseeing the "all things to all people" arts label Dead Man.

Wales embraces arts in new national curriculum

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03 May 2019

Details of Welsh Government proposals for embedding the arts in the new curriculum have been put out to consultation prior to being adopted for all primary students in 2022, and rolled out for all students aged 3-16 by 2026.

A seat at the table

Photo of Imrana speaking at the Power of Community symposium
24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

How to rewire your thinking

Photo of neon sign that says Slung Low at The Holbeck
23 Apr 2019

Lucy Jamieson explains how pooling resources, creativity and ideas rather than working in silos can bring about effective change.

Missing the point

A close-up shot of a person's hands weaving a basket
31 Jan 2019

If we defend the arts based on evidence of positive outcomes in specific cases, we may find the very same logic turned against us, warns Carter Gillies.

Leave Means Leave tries to shut down anti-Brexit arts project

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11 Jan 2019

The Photographers’ Gallery says it will not curtail activity in the face of complaints from the pro-Brexit campaign group. 

Arts professionals recognised in New Year honours

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03 Jan 2019

Actress Thandie Newton, gallery director Andrew Nairne, and dancer and choreographer Richard Alston are among those to receive awards.

Mayor urges schools to adopt London curriculum to ‘ignite creativity in young people’

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14 Dec 2018

A new culture strategy outlines plans to increase access to the arts and ensure London is renowned for its culture internationally.  

Capturing the essence

An anotomical drawing representing the failure of a project
22 Nov 2018

When invited to carry out a creative evaluation of the first three years of Creative People and Places, Sarah Butler decided that the best approach was to have fun.

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