Five English areas share £20m Cultural Development Fund

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18 Jan 2019

Projects in Wakefield and the Kent Thames Estuary have landed more than £4m each to boost the local creative industries, through a DCMS fund set up as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Looking beyond the obvious

03 Jan 2019

It is right to celebrate those local authorities committed to funding culture, but long-term sustainability may depend on developing entirely new approaches, argues Gary Topp.

Liverpool stands by ‘insulting’ logo design competition

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20 Dec 2018

The city region authority is offering a prize of £800 for a “simple but visually impactful” design to be used across print and online promotional materials for the £200k a year initiative.

The councils backing culture

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06 Dec 2018

Local authority cuts to the arts may be widely reported, but some councils are investing serious money in cultural development, says Andrew Dixon.

Redefining the capital's culture

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15 Nov 2018

Becoming London's first Borough of Culture next year is just the beginning of a fundamental change of approach for Waltham Forest, says Sam Hunt.

Government plans social prescribing academy

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09 Nov 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

Birmingham arts organisations braced for further 30% cut

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19 Oct 2018

The City Council’s advice to organisations to prepare for the potential cut comes less than a year after promising to hold funding steady until 2020.

Bath council to close arts development service

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12 Oct 2018

The decision comes as the region develops a new cultural strategy, aimed at improving access to the arts and recognising the positive impacts of culture on wellbeing.

Off the shelf

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04 Oct 2018

As local authority cuts continue to squeeze culture and heritage budgets, libraries offer a way for councils to preserve access to the arts, says Gerald Vernon-Jackson.

Wasted youth

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13 Sep 2018

Laura Bailey explains how Kent County Council is aiming to integrate arts and culture into its commissioned services across the board - even in waste management.

Local authority culture budgets down £48m in 5 years

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27 Jul 2018

Cultural spend has been reallocated or cut to zero at four more councils this year, and some local authorities are turning a profit through culture and heritage.

Brexit voters more likely to shun the arts, research finds

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11 Jul 2018

Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.

Dave Moutrey appointed Director of Culture for Manchester

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01 Jun 2018

The Director of HOME hopes to make Manchester a ‘sticky city’ and to collaborate with Mayor Andy Burnham on integrating culture into healthcare, housing and transport agendas.

UK arts councils launch cultural cities enquiry

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18 Apr 2018

A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.

The elusiveness of everyday culture

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12 Apr 2018

What – or who – needs to change to achieve cultural democracy and how can we remove the tension between official and everyday culture, asks Martin Cox.

New cultural venues for Bradford and Blackpool

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29 Mar 2018

The Government’s £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to three major capital projects in the North of England.

The benefits of business support

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18 Jan 2018

Librarians in a London Borough have developed a more commercial mindset and the CEO of a crafts gallery is more confident to approach prospective funders, both as a result of the Prosper business support programme. Bethan Hall Williams explains.

How to… get funding and support from your local council

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20 Dec 2017

When is it the right time to approach a council with your idea for an arts project? And what support can you expect to receive? Arts Development Officer Akua Obeng-Frimpong offers her wisdom.

London to get ten ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’ in £5m scheme

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15 Dec 2017

Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.

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