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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.
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.
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.
Local authority cuts to the arts may be widely reported, but some councils are investing serious money in cultural development, says Andrew Dixon.
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.
The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the borough’s diversity was ‘an asset to be unlocked’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.
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.
The Government’s £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to three major capital projects in the North of England.
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.
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.
Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.