£6m campaign to promote London's cultural sector post-lockdown

08 Apr 2021

Museums and cultural organisations may have to extend their opening hours, the Mayor's office says, amid projections more than 100,000 'face-to-face' jobs will be lost.

A year of reorientation

Kamiah, Nuradean and Santos - Vent at Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture
08 Apr 2021

Lois Stonock planned the London Borough of Culture 2020 to respond to Brexit. Then Brent became home to one of the UK’s first coronavirus fatalities.

Visible and viable: why a Cultural Quarter makes sense

Swindon’s cultural facilities
07 Apr 2021

Swindon's new Cultural Quarter - an £80m development by Swindon Council - will be the first thing visitors see when they step off the train. Sam Rackham explains why it will be worth every penny.

Manchester culture worth £292m pre-pandemic

30 Mar 2021

Manchester City Council is urgently refreshing its culture rescue plan as annual analysis shows arts organisations' value to the city - and their immense vulnerability from April.

Compact to secure Liverpool as 'UK's second City of Culture'

23 Mar 2021

Liverpool has a new five-year strategy to reboot the region by building a more inclusive coalition from its creative workforce, which is now believed to be twice as large as official figures suggest.

Nottingham arts win grim victory in council funding U-turn

15 Mar 2021

A campaign to reduce proposed funding cuts has succeeded but organisations will still lose thousands of pounds.

Coventry 2021 will be 'a return to live'

02 Mar 2021

The UK City of Culture year will press ahead with a full calendar of festivals and events from May 15 - two days before the Government's 'no earlier than' date for live shows.

Invest 50p per person in culture for Covid-19 recovery, manifesto urges

01 Mar 2021

Local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber are being called on to "defend and when possible increase" spending on culture as Leeds City Council announces major cuts. 

Surrey venues draw sightseers, spending and social benefits, study finds

23 Feb 2021

New research shows 70% of visitors to Surrey arts venues would not have come into town - and spent an extra £40 on average - if it weren't for those institutions.

£288m Centre for Music axed

19 Feb 2021

The City of London has nixed the beleaguered project in favour of a "major renewal" of the Barbican Centre instead.

National Collections Centre planned for Coventry

17 Feb 2021

Arts Council England will relocate its 8,000-piece collection to a former IKEA store in an effort to create a legacy for Coventry City of Culture.

London's cultural recovery leans into commerce

09 Feb 2021

A series of programmes aligning the capital's cultural and commercial sectors will provide "a ray of hope" - and a major creative showcase.

Fear and hope for local authority venues post-Covid

26 Jan 2021

Trusts and companies operating council venues are folding under financial pressure. Can cash-strapped local authorities retain - even improve - provision under the circumstances?

Medway eyes international recognition with new cultural strategy

25 Jan 2021

The "ambitious and forward-thinking" document will be the cornerstone of a bid for UK City of Culture 2025.

Let creativity be a sanctuary

Group of people standing in a hall
19 Jan 2021

Theatre maker Rosie MacPherson calls for urgent action as Covid-19 closes routes to resettlement.

We’re nothing without our people

Two young people blowing bubbles into a camera
19 Jan 2021

A UK City of Culture bid won’t succeed unless it’s authentic, writes Richard Dunbar.

Legacy as a collective act

07 Jan 2021

How will Hull face the future following its triumph as UK City of Culture? Lee Corner and Stephen Munn reflect on the legacy of 2017 in a year of unprecedented turmoil.

Strategy to put Gloucester 'on the cultural map'

16 Dec 2020

Signature events, including a potential UK City of Culture bid, will "signal the cultural regeneration of Gloucester".

York aims for World Heritage status in 2025

03 Dec 2020

A new cultural strategy demonstrates York's commitment to redress the effects of Covid-19 by embedding culture in the city's physical and professional infrastructure, its architects say.

Regional venues rail against 'illogical' Tier 3 restrictions

02 Dec 2020

Organisations and local authorities say its unfair and uneconomical to place harsher limits on cultural venues than gyms and hairdressers, as they trumpet their benefits to the nation's health.

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