ACE urged to declare climate emergency as RSC severs BP ties

02 Oct 2019

Protesters say the funder’s draft strategy “neither addresses the urgency of the climate and ecological emergency, nor grasps the chance to trumpet boldly the pivotal role arts and culture play in bringing about societal changes”.

Bradford cultural workers to strike

01 Oct 2019

Library and museum staff planning 14 days of industrial action hope it will be "a wake-up call for the council to come to the table for constructive negotiations".

Creating a Diverse Board

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30 Sep 2019

Becoming a truly inclusive organisation starts at the top, says Cath Hume.

Job ladder: John Laidlaw

A Live & Local performance
23 Sep 2019

The Executive Director of Live & Local recalls a career trajectory that has taken him through Butlins, an old bingo venue and many, many village halls.

Unlocking the potential of peer learning

Bruised not broken exhibition
19 Sep 2019

Learning from collective experience offers a wealth of benefits to those willing to invest in building a network, say Amanda Smethurst and Tamsin Curror.

Think self-care isn’t for you? Think again

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19 Sep 2019

Articulating our individual needs is important for everyone – especially those at the top of organisations, says Suzanne Alleyne.

Arts and culture workers join climate strike

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17 Sep 2019

National Theatre staff say the protest is “the beginning of a discussion in which we will push for our theatre to divest from big oil sponsorship”.

How ‘perky’ are you? Why happiness is the key to workplace productivity

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12 Sep 2019

Many workplaces are structured to generate stress, say Evelyn Wilson and Suzie Leighton. But there are simple techniques we can all learn to support better resilience and creativity.

The arts sector's dirty secret

A group of diverse people gathered in a circle on the floor
12 Sep 2019

A lack of diversity will persist unless unfair levels of pay are addressed, says Becky Chapman.

Why we're taking action on mental health

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12 Sep 2019

A new collective is enabling the sector to share insights and ideas to support better mental health and wellbeing, writes Laura Edralin.

Building an appetite for change

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05 Sep 2019

It’s hard asking people to explore uncertainty – but when consensus is built across the organisation, it can unleash huge energy, says Richard Watts.

Strike begins at Science Museum Group

A photo of staff on strike holding placards outside the Science Museum in London
30 Aug 2019

The Prospect union says staff have experienced a 13% real terms pay cut since 2010.

ACE awards £7m to develop arts leadership

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30 Aug 2019

The 18 successful bids include projects working with potential leaders from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with learning disabilities.

Real change happens from the ground up

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29 Aug 2019

Top-down programmes will never bring about meaningful change, says Cath Hume – so it’s time for arts organisations and funders to shift their approach.

Is it time to reimagine the trustee board bank?

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29 Aug 2019

If arts organisations are serious about developing their boards, they need to think hard about how they recruit and support new trustees, says Michelle Wright.

How we doubled attendance at the UK’s most northerly arts centre

29 Aug 2019

By working in partnership and refusing to patronise audiences, Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness has attracted record numbers, says Charlotte Mountford.

What we’ve learned moving from London to Essex

Carnival dancers parading through Tilbury, Thurrock adorned in brightly coloured garments accented with a keyboard pattern
29 Aug 2019

Relocating Kinetika’s work in carnival, outdoor and participatory arts to rapidly-changing Thurrock has allowed the company to renew its purpose and increase its impact, says Ali Pretty.

Exit interview: 'We're asked to follow a business model that just doesn’t work'

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15 Aug 2019

Arti Prashar was told to never create a job that no one else could fill. She looks back on 13 years as CEO of Spare Tyre Theatre Company.

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.

Nothing but a number? Young people on boards

Dana Segal teaching at the National Arts Fundraising School
18 Jul 2019

It's great that arts organisations are recruiting young people to their boards - but they need to really think about why, says Dana Segal.

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