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.

A seat at the table

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24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

How to rewire your thinking

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23 Apr 2019

Lucy Jamieson explains how pooling resources, creativity and ideas rather than working in silos can bring about effective change.

Reflections on resilience

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23 Apr 2019

As the Boosting Resilience programme draws to a close, Evelyn Wilson outlines how the work, ideas and opportunities developed will be shared with the sector.

Lessons in leadership from an interim Chief Executive

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23 Apr 2019

What is it like to lead a large and complex organisation? Having just spent some time as an interim chief executive, Matthew Brown reveals what he’s learnt. 

NPO downsizes as cuts start to bite

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12 Apr 2019

The loss of local authority funding will lead to a reduction in the number of plays produced by The Dukes theatre each year, and a merging of two senior roles.

My Gurus – Ed Collier

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04 Apr 2019

Ed Collier, Co-Director of independent theatre company China Plate, shines a spotlight on the artists and professionals who have shaped his career.

Race to the bottom

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18 Mar 2019

As low- or no-pay practices continue to dominate the arts and cultural sector, some enlightened employers are starting to reap the benefits of offering a fairer deal to all staff. Jonathan Knott reflects on the findings of the ArtsPay 2018 survey – and the efforts of those challenging the status quo.

Leading with an audience focus

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07 Mar 2019

Over 25 years the role of cultural marketers has expanded, but the focus remains on audience relationships. Cath Hume examines the changes and challenges.

Increasing number of NPOs classified as ‘major risk’

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22 Feb 2019

Just months after Liverpool Everyman was forced to drop out of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, more core funded organisations are reported as facing major risks.

Senior arts staff sidelining digital work, research finds

22 Feb 2019

Digital skills are spread thin in cultural organisations, with only one in six of those in the most senior strategic roles identifying web or digital activity as forming a part of their work.

Action stations

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31 Jan 2019

Action learning, part of the Boosting Resilience programme, is highly valued by participants and facilitators. But what is it exactly, and what benefits does it offer?

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