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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.
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.
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.
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.
A meeting of the Countries of Culture inquiry this week heard about the challenges facing regional arts organisations following local authority cuts.
The benefits of commissioners working with the arts sector have been highlighted by pilot schemes in Kent and Gloucestershire. Jessica Harris shares the details.
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.
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.
When Exeter Corn Exchange had to become financially self-sufficient, its busier programme required a fully rounded box office management system. Libby Penn reports.
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.
The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall is finding the match funding for a £1.5m Arts Council capital grant from its trading surpluses.
The challenge to nurture and support cultural and music education outside London is on. Ian Thomas assesses a model that brings together several music services across four local authorities.
A four-year Memorandum of Understanding outlines a potential model for collaboration between Arts Council England and local authorities if devolution progresses.
The autumn statement, which protected money to the arts but delivered a blow to local authorities, has drawn mixed responses.
Local authorities envisage a shift away from direct provision of cultural services, but are preparing to lead by articulating a vision, brokering partnerships, and sourcing new funding.
Bethany Houldsworth reveals how she’s learned a lot as a Creative Apprentice for Lancashire County Council – not least about herself.
A new guide aims to help councils, developers and planners integrate culture into the capital’s developments.
More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.
Paul Martin reveals how London’s boroughs are protecting arts and culture against rising rents and funding cuts.