Arts funding: 183 new NPOs as largest organisations take 3% cut

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27 Jun 2017

The number of National Portfolio Organisations will increase to 831, as museums, libraries and new ‘Sector Support Organisations’ join Arts Council England’s portfolio.

Let’s take on panto

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15 Feb 2018

Has panto become culturally inappropriate, racist even? Oh yes it has, calls out Daniel York.

Rural England: is there an appetite for culturally diverse art?

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08 Feb 2018

New research found audiences in rural Lincolnshire are hungry for culturally diverse theatre and dance, but the provision isn’t there. Arya Madhavan and Sreenath Nair explore the issues.

Where are our young and diverse trustees?

01 Feb 2018

Given that trustees have financial and legal responsibility for their charity, it’s no surprise many people lack the confidence to take on the role. It’s time to change that, says Michelle Wright

Arts Council will ‘push NPOs hard’ to collect diversity data

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19 Jan 2018

The national funder has reported stagnating numbers of BME and disabled staff at national portfolio organisations, which have failed to collect data for large swathes of their workforce.

Parliament to investigate social impact of participating in culture

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18 Jan 2018

The DCMS is seeking to draw the Government’s attention to culture’s impact on education, health and diversity, and create a new ‘joined up’ strategy.

Creative network seeks to tackle marginalisation in the arts

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17 Jan 2018

Tate and National Museum Wales will participate in a new project bringing together artists, arts organisations and youth workers to improve outreach work.

Building a queer youth archive

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08 Jan 2018

A heritage project celebrating stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton has resulted in a digital archive, as well as new photographic work. Juliette Buss explains why the project has been so special for everyone involved. 

Retired rural audiences hungry for diverse work, report finds

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15 Dec 2017

A research project that toured an Indian play around Lincolnshire has uncovered challenges around staging and touring diverse arts in rural areas.

New guides to help diversify workforce and leadership

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11 Dec 2017

An Arts Council England toolkit offers advice on widening recruitment processes and improving data collection, and includes research findings about barriers to entry in the cultural sector.

Murdoch joins Arts Council England

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05 Dec 2017

Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is one of seven new appointments to the national funder’s governing board.

Arts trustees more diverse than wider charity sector

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24 Nov 2017

New data has allowed the arts sector to be benchmarked against the wider charity sector, as the Charity Commission calls for charities to “do more” to promote diversity on their boards.

Opera company vilified over 'yellowface' production

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06 Oct 2017

Music Theatre Wales has been labelled “tone deaf” for dismissing concerns and insisting its opera set in a pan-Asian restaurant has “no realism”.

Arts in Scotland attracts a broader audience

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29 Sep 2017

The cultural attendance gap between those living in the most and least deprived areas is at its smallest for five years, according to the Scottish Household Survey.

New initiative seeks to diversify artistic leadership

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15 Sep 2017

A provocation paper commissioned by Bluecoat arts centre is the focus of an attempt to create new entry points into artistic leadership.

A real shift in cultural leadership

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06 Sep 2017

Tired of a lot of well-meaning talk about creating change for diverse talent in Leicester, Chris Stafford decided to actually do something. He shares the details of Curve Theatre’s ambitious cultural leadership programme.

Scottish arts sector is “far from a level playing field”

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18 Aug 2017

A country-wide snapshot shows men remain more likely to work in senior roles, and half of BME arts workers feel their ethnicity is a barrier to success.

Fair wage for artists should be ACE funding condition, Labour says

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11 Aug 2017

A new report examining diversity in the arts says change is impossible until there is “comprehensive data” on class. 

Community integration in south London

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21 Jul 2017

Félicie Kertudo tells how she visited the South London Gallery to find out more about how it involves the local community in a range of inclusive projects.

Dance development takes a hit in NPO funding round

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30 Jun 2017

Although the new portfolio will contain seven more dance organisations, three regional dance development agencies have lost funding.

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