Who gets ACE funding? Diversity data reveals surprising trends

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08 Aug 2019

BME-led organisations were 60% more likely to fall at the first hurdle of Project Grants applications – while LGBT-led groups were 25% more likely to secure grants.

Why the arts need more partnerships with business

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20 Aug 2019

The cultural sector needs to follow Samuel Beckett’s words and “fail again…fail better”, argues Arts Council England’s Simon Mellor.

Editor’s comment: who decides what 'quality' is?

09 Aug 2019

The lack of traction and success for BME-led and disabled-led organisations deserves our attention, says Amanda Parker. Is there something for ACE to explore around who is judging ‘quality’?

Black arts philanthropy initiative under way

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01 Aug 2019

Researchers and fundraisers are looking to pilot new models for encouraging financial support to Black-led arts organisations.

‘I lied about where I work’: report reveals ACE’s reputation as an employer

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31 Jul 2019

Interviews and consultations found “perceptual and systematic barriers to attracting and recruiting the best talent” at Arts Council England amid a belief that new employees have joined “the dark side”.

Boris Johnson and Munira Mirza: dream team or death knell for the arts?

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30 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson's Government has announced £2.1bn more to support planning for a no-deal Brexit - but what will its attitude towards the arts be? We consider how the former London mayoral team might approach cultural policy.

‘Clear gender imbalances’ in coverage of creative sectors

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22 Jul 2019

New research finds that media representation of women in the creative industries is rising, but warns this could make the sector seem “more balanced than it really is”.

How to do change better

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18 Jul 2019

Meeting future challenges in the arts sector will not be about managing change, but creating it, says Richard Watts.

Tackling diversity in children's arts: what we've learned in a year

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18 Jul 2019

Tara Lopez identifies three key themes that have emerged so far from the four-year Vital Spark initiative.

'They let us pick any artist in the world': the freedom to create relatable theatre

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18 Jul 2019

The Contact Young Curators programme gave Wez Thistlethwaite the opportunity to re-engage his creative muscles by co-curating a world premiere at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Austerity is undermining children’s access to culture, finds research

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12 Jul 2019

An LSE researcher said children’s development is being thwarted by Government policy, but argued the situation could be improved if recent welfare cuts were reversed.

Call for orchestras to act on disability

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09 Jul 2019

A report says “radical, bold action and a sense of collective responsibility” are needed to transform inclusion practices in the arts sector.

Toolkit tackles ‘class crisis’ in arts sector

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05 Jul 2019

A new report warns organisations that “everyone you let in though the back door will disadvantage someone without those connections”.

Three comments that reveal Tristram Hunt’s approach to cultural inclusion

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05 Jul 2019

The V&A Director warned against getting “too romantic about what Stratford was like before the Olympics”.

Government should fund young creatives to build diversity, says report

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05 Jul 2019

Many BAME young people interviewed felt that “drama and acting was more for white people and that music was more for Black people”.

Tristram Hunt ‘not interested’ in V&A prayer room

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27 Jun 2019

The V&A Director is unconvinced by arguments for a dedicated prayer room in V&A East.

Southbank Creative Director warns of 'cultural apartheid' risk

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26 Jun 2019

Madani Younis said "institutions that have historically not given a shit are saying 'we’re going to start caring'", but called for a faster pace of change.

We need to work harder on donor diversity

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20 Jun 2019

For too long arts organisations have limited their individual giving efforts to white British donors. Michelle Wright urges an approach that prioritises donor diversity.

Paying artists for their time

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20 Jun 2019

Why do so many artists not include a fee for their own time when they apply for funding? Lilli Geissendorfer explains how Jerwood Arts is challenging a pervasive low-pay culture.

Thinking big about health

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20 Jun 2019

The Hub at Wellcome Collection brings together academics and practitioners to tackle issues like rest and busyness, rare dementias and inclusive research, writes Harriet Martin.

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