Talking on tour

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29 Oct 2014

A new touring model capitalising on word-of-mouth recommendations indicates that touring is not dead after all. Jo Towler explains.

Liverpool Everyman scoops highest architectural award

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17 Oct 2014

The Stirling Prize-winning building is described as “a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre”.

The arts, sport or supper?

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29 Sep 2014

How can the arts, and ballet in particular, show that they represent value for money? David Jays compares a trip to the theatre or ballet with some similarly prestigious events.

Theatre is for everyone

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08 Sep 2014

Within the past year the RSC has integrated relaxed performances into its season planning. Jacqui O’Hanlon tells how this has come about.

A playful outdoor world

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08 Sep 2014

Kazzum stopped creating work for young audiences in indoor spaces to focus on the outdoor arts sector. Daryl Beeton explains why.

Review calls for more arts involvement in the built environment

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20 Aug 2014

The contribution that the cultural sector can make to the planning, design and animation of the public realm and architecture should be reinforced, according to an independent review commissioned by the Culture Minister.

Scotland continues to embrace culture

18 Aug 2014

Festival-going is on the increase, though cinema and reading for pleasure are still the most popular forms of cultural engagement.

Amateurs match up in the eyes of audiences

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14 Aug 2014

Audiences draw limited distinctions between subsidised, commercial and amateur theatre and dance performances, according to new research investigating perceptions of cultural value.

U-turn in Liverpool brings recognition for buskers

14 Aug 2014

A pioneering collaboration between the city, performers, the MU and local businesses has led to new policy and guidelines aimed at making the most of street entertainment.

Consultation on arts exam reforms

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22 Jul 2014

New proposals for GCSEs and A levels specify the subject content of arts subject qualifications from 2016.

Job Ladder

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22 Jul 2014

Jane Greenfield, Director of Home Live Art, shares the details of her career in dance, landscape and heritage, and the benefits of daring to be different.

The art of risk

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21 Jul 2014

Matthew Boswell reports on a symposium organised by Opera North and the University of Leeds and the beginning of a timely new conversation about risk.

Yes or no, that is the answer

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17 Jul 2014

For readers in the rest of the UK, Christine Hamilton reflects on how the Scottish arts world has responded to the independence referendum.

Touring organisations fight ACE decision to cut funding

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11 Jul 2014

NPOs that focus on touring and those working with young people were twice as likely to experience cuts in the latest round of funding.

Lottery pretence ends as funding streams merge

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11 Jul 2014

End of an era for ‘additionality’ as Arts Council England grants major players three-year NPO funding from Lottery, while strategic funding is to be drawn interchangeably from Lottery and Grant in Aid.

Museum and gallery visits reach all-time high

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10 Jul 2014

Visits to museums and galleries soar, while arts engagement remains static across most of England, and charitable donations fall.

Status quo preserved in Arts Council's NPO funding round

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02 Jul 2014

Arts Council England’s National Portfolio sees a net loss of 20 organisations in the North but only 9 in London. “Maths” errors led to the number of companies cut completely and the number with reduced funding being understated in ACE’s NPO announcement.

Renewed calls for an end to oil sponsorship

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27 Jun 2014

The National Portrait Gallery has previously rejected tobacco money and campaigners are calling on it to be a trailblazer again for the cultural sector by ending its relationship with BP.

Ministers focus on cultural heavyweights

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30 May 2014

London’s major institutions dominate the list of those who met with and entertained England’s Culture Secretary and Culture Minister in 2013. 

Big numbers

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26 May 2014

James Allenby describes how a few innovations made the Big Dance Pledge, the international mass participation dance event, bigger than ever.

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