Still going it alone

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13 Jul 2017

Two years after The Arts Development Company was formed to replace Dorset County Council’s arts service, Mike Hoskin gives an update on progress so far. 

A simpler funding system

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13 Jul 2017

Budget cuts have forced Bristol City Council to change the system it uses to fund arts and culture activities. Philip Walker explains its new cultural investment programme.

Young imaginations

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11 May 2017

Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery needs ‘re-imagining’ and who better to do it than the young people who will be its visitors in the years to come, says Matthew Wilde.

Hackney to develop Dalston as an ‘arts-led cultural destination’

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28 Apr 2017

A consultation by Hackney Council is being seen as an “unprecedented opportunity” to secure the place of arts and culture in the district.

Tax increases threaten future of London’s live music scene

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11 Apr 2017

A 26% increase in business rates has put 21 of London’s 94 grassroots music venues at risk of closure, according to new research.

Go-ahead for Woolwich creative district

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30 Mar 2017

The local authority has approved an investment of over £30m for a scheme that will place arts activity at the heart of regeneration plans.

Creating coastal communities

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28 Mar 2017

Following the launch of the Cultural Coastal Network, Polly Gifford explains why it’s needed and what it hopes to achieve.

Creative sector key to the night-time economy

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24 Feb 2017

A new report is calling on public bodies to use their powers to support and protect cultural hubs, music venues and nightclubs.

Further cuts for Birmingham arts organisations

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15 Dec 2016

The leaders of the city’s recent Cultural Investment Enquiry are demanding “a radical new proposition” for the way the sector and the City Council work together.

Local authority arts services continue to be cut

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11 Nov 2016

Culture Minister Matt Hancock has questioned whether councils are “having to cut” the arts and has called for them to be run more efficiently.

A bid for a cultural future

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10 Nov 2016

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector. 

The subtle art of community engagement

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03 Nov 2016

Working in local authority arts development was where Martin Cox learned to listen, understand and value people as much as he valued artistic outcomes. He shares his views on audience development.

All change in Croydon

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27 Oct 2016

The days when The Beatles played Croydon may be a distant memory, but the council’s regeneration plans hope to bring culture – and audiences – back to the borough’s heart. Paula Murray explains how.

A fresh vision

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15 Sep 2016

Harrow Arts Centre faced almost certain closure following council cuts, but a fresh vision and new governance under a charitable trust are securing its long-term future. Andrew Welch tells the story.

Classical music becoming middle class, committee hears

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09 Sep 2016

A meeting of the Countries of Culture inquiry this week heard about the challenges facing regional arts organisations following local authority cuts.

Effective outcomes for people and communities

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05 May 2016

The benefits of commissioners working with the arts sector have been highlighted by pilot schemes in Kent and Gloucestershire. Jessica Harris shares the details.

Pop-up opportunity

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05 May 2016

The invitation to bring a disused library in Southwark back to life as a pop-up space for artists and community groups came with many challenges as well as opportunities, Rebecca Manson Jones reveals.

Public art activity recovers to 2011 levels

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29 Apr 2016

Private sector money linked to public sector policy is giving a boost to employment in public art and the number and value of projects being completed. 

The road to self-sufficiency

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28 Apr 2016

When Exeter Corn Exchange had to become financially self-sufficient, its busier programme required a fully rounded box office management system. Libby Penn reports.

Developing a narrative for people, communities and place

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03 Mar 2016

How can arts organisations present their offer more effectively to public service commissioners? Five pilot consortia have been working to do just that and Jessica Harris reports on what they’ve learned. 

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