Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

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10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

A participant at We Dance festival in Birmingham
03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

Tackling class discrimination

The slogan "follow your dreams" overwritten with "cancelled"
31 Jul 2018

By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

Cultural sector to ACE: we need support, not measurement

Musicians performing in the street
20 Jul 2018

A report commissioned by Arts Council England finds that two-thirds of the sector want the body to advocate its value to central government, but only a minority think it should be measuring quality.

A place of sanctuary

Photo of female actor on rooftop with church spire behind
19 Jul 2018

Bolton's Octagon Theatre offers refugees and asylum seekers a warm welcome and opportunities to share their experiences. Deborah Dickinson tells the story.

Jo Royce to join Candoco as Executive Director

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13 Jul 2018

The current Executive Director of the Gate Theatre praised the ambition and perseverance of the company she will join in October.

Attracting audiences other artforms cannot reach

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05 Jul 2018

How do outdoor arts have the potential to reach audiences other artforms can’t, and how can we best support the sector, asks Penny Mills.

Taking bold steps

Photo of man on stage with book under arm
20 Jun 2018

Few arts venues have programmed main stage shows starring performers with learning disabilities, but new diversity requirements for England’s NPOs could change that, says Gus Garside.

National roll-out on the cards for Black Ticket Project

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01 Jun 2018

The scheme, which offers free theatre tickets to young Black people, is hoping to expand following two successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Why I’m not celebrating

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17 May 2018

You may think Debbie Geraghty should be celebrating the current diversity debate, so why isn’t she?

New attitudes to music-making

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17 May 2018

Has music become too pigeon-holed into distinct genres? Tony Haynes asks how we can truly promote cultural diversity when the opportunities for creativity are so restricted.

Letter: Facing a closed door

16 May 2018

Stunting community and voluntary arts organisations by restricting access to capital funding will hurt the whole sector in the long term, warns Emma Harvey.

Breaking the cycle

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10 May 2018

To improve the diversity of the workforce, arts organisations need to employ more young people from low-income backgrounds. Kate Danielson shares tips for adjusting recruitment practices to do just that.

Breaking into the museum sector

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10 May 2018

To work in a museum you need the right academic qualifications and the resources to volunteer, but new initiatives in Scotland are starting to open up the sector to young people from more diverse backgrounds, says Catherine Cartmell.

A step in the right direction

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10 May 2018

Creative organisations in East London have joined forces to offer local young people the chance to develop employment skills in paid internships. Julia Hayes tells the story.

New partnership to promote diversity in music education

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27 Apr 2018

The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England will aim to remove barriers and give young people ownership of musical learning.

Working class people ‘significantly excluded’ from arts careers

Lecture Hall
17 Apr 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

Arts side-lined in Sector Deal for the creative industries

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29 Mar 2018

The £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal supports the development of creative clusters and the roll out of a creative careers programme but prioritises digital businesses over culture.

An alliance for culture change

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08 Mar 2018

After conducting a review into governance in the arts, Hilary Carty now finds herself leading the response to it. She reveals the Clore Leadership Programme’s plans and priorities for supporting arts boards.

Young high-flyers on the board

Photo of young people sitting in workshop
08 Mar 2018

A Northern Ireland scheme that places young professionals on arts boards benefits the sector and the young people alike. Natalie Cooke reveals what she gained from the experience.

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