'Overambitious' about placemaking? We've only just started...

05 Mar 2020

The Great Place Scheme demonstrates how projects flourish when official bodies allow them freedom from pre-determined outcomes, says Jill Cole.

How community engagement can change your life

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05 Mar 2020

We can only change our local communities if we’re willing to change ourselves, says Carol Jones.

Five ways music education policy must change

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05 Mar 2020

It’s time to turn up the volume on the needs and interests of young people, says Carol Reid.

Process, pay and ping-pong: what the arts can learn from corporate business

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05 Mar 2020

If arts leaders refuse to invest in their staff, do their organisations really deserve to survive? Alex Marshall calls for more support for the sector's workforce.

Arts Council of Wales: ‘Don’t tell us you’re underfunded’

03 Mar 2020

Welsh arts organisations have been told to model for a 10% funding cut amid the council’s drive to reach new audiences.

Composers call for end to ‘blind’ selection processes

03 Mar 2020

It’s an increasingly popular method for improving diversity in music – but sector bodies say anonymised selection is ineffective.

AP launches service for arts workers to speak out

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28 Feb 2020

‘We Hear You’ gives the sector a confidential space to raise important issues without judgement.

Where are all the women? Gender parity ‘has still not been reached’

27 Feb 2020

Researchers and representatives of women in theatre say Arts Council England ‘doesn’t push’ on gender as much as other protected characteristics.

ArtsProfessional meets… Nicholas Serota

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27 Feb 2020

Lottery funding, low pay, and that boat…Amanda Parker meets the Arts Council England Chair and architect of the UK’s engagement with art.

It’s true: courage is contagious

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27 Feb 2020

We need to find ways to support – and hear – honest, respectful difference of opinion. That’s why we’re launching We Hear You, says Amanda Parker.

Better arts leadership? In your dreams...

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27 Feb 2020

The Tavistock Institute’s courses have always embraced approaches outside of the mainstream. Heather Stradling tells Jonathan Knott how it’s now upping the creative element to take things to the next level.

Wales’ new arts portfolio: expect unpopular decisions

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27 Feb 2020

Not everyone can be a winner in Arts Council of Wales’ drive to share the benefits of culture more widely, says Nick Capaldi.

The human impact of avoiding controversy

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20 Feb 2020

Reflecting on being wrongfully dismissed by the Royal Academy of Music, Dr Francesca Carpos says the sector must create a culture where controversial issues can be discussed without fear of unfair retribution.

I shouldn’t have been ‘cancelled’ for my vulgar jokes

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20 Feb 2020

Yes, my crude social media posts may have caused offence – but we can't only allow speech we find agreeable, says Manick Govinda.

Institutions must show leadership on freedom of expression

20 Feb 2020

It’s often easier to steer clear of challenging issues – but we will all lose out if we censor material we find difficult, argues Julia Farrington.

‘Socially closed’ arts sector may be contributing to UK’s divisions

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20 Feb 2020

The liberal, left-leaning values of cultural workers leads to “a divergence in worldviews between those tasked with representing the nation to itself, and those who inhabit it”, reports Adele Redmond.

Coventry 2021: a lot more than a party

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13 Feb 2020

The city has no intention of shirking difficult challenges in its year as UK City of Culture, writes Chenine Bhathena.

My vision for a radical artist-led hotel

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13 Feb 2020

We need bold new cultural infrastructures to tackle entrenched inequality in the arts, says Amahra Spence. Can a new project combine business nous with social justice?

Birmingham must embrace its Heavy Metal heritage

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13 Feb 2020

Regeneration is all very well – but it is only through celebrating its authentic working class culture that the city can discover a beating heart and soul, says Lisa Meyer.

Creative wellbeing for the Windrush generation

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13 Feb 2020

Pauline Bailey looks back on a project that developed social confidence and artistic expression among Birmingham's BAME elders.

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