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.

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

21 Aug 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Job Ladder: Clare Reddington

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18 Jul 2019

The CEO of Bristol’s Watershed looks back on how “a jumble of opportunism and serendipity” has helped her avoid silos and find fulfilment throughout her career.

How collaborative are you really?

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04 Jul 2019

Teams can fall into working in isolation, rather than together for a common purpose, in organisations of any size. Nick Stevenson suggests processes and tools to help avoid this happening.

Welcome from ArtsProfessional’s new Editor

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02 Jul 2019

ArtsProfessional is refreshing and renewing its style - but the integrity at its heart will remain, writes the publication's new Editor Amanda Parker.

My Gurus: 'Only take what is needed'

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27 Jun 2019

A nature writer, a conservation group and the Sámi people of Northern Finland have all been among the key influences on the work of Victoria Pratt, Creative Director of the interactive art studio Invisible Flock.

Exit interview: Chris Jaeger

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20 Jun 2019

Alongside the creative highs, Chris Jaeger's 24 years at Worcester Live involved plenty of putting out fires - sometimes literally. He shares his doubts about tribute bands, calls for trustees to hand over more money, and laments that Arts Council England will only fund work no one wants to see.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

Flourishing cultural eco-systems

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12 Jun 2019

Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson reflect on their recent research into cultural ecology and suggest what the future of progressive place-based policy and practice could look like.

Redefining the City of London through culture

The House of Wayward Plants: The Smithfield Greenhouse, as part of Culture Mile’s Play the Mile
12 Jun 2019

The global finance hub is forging a new identity through risk-taking alliances between its commercial, public and cultural sectors, writes Tim Jones.

Silence speaks volumes

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12 Jun 2019

The economic value of our creative industries is clear. But it's not so clear that they're a priority for candidates wanting to become the UK's next Prime Minister, says Claudia Burger.

Support service challenges censorship in the arts

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31 May 2019

The Index on Censorship says that fear of a hostile reception may stop controversial work being commissioned.

Leading at all levels

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30 May 2019

How can we best develop leaders for the future? Cath Hume suggests we start by creating more leadership opportunities throughout the organisation.

Don't run at it

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23 May 2019

What is it like to join Arts Council England's National Portfolio? Annie Rigby shares her stories of joy, relief and fatigue following her organisation's first year as an NPO.

Taking inspiration from sport

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09 May 2019

Why are many women in the arts not progressing into leadership roles? Alex Marshall asks if there are lessons to be learned from the world of sport.

My Gurus: Jon Haynes and David Woods

Jon Haynes and David Woods
02 May 2019

A deadpan Indian humourist, a Finnish psychologist and a mischievous artist: theatre makers Jon Haynes and David Woods look back on their career gurus.

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