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. 

Council venue to use profits for capital match funding

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26 Feb 2016

The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall is finding the match funding for a £1.5m Arts Council capital grant from its trading surpluses.

A model for music education

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23 Feb 2016

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.

Bristol City Council and ACE sign Memorandum of Understanding

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04 Dec 2015

A four-year Memorandum of Understanding outlines a potential model for collaboration between Arts Council England and local authorities if devolution progresses.

“Astonishing” result for ACE in spending review, says Bazalgette

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27 Nov 2015

The autumn statement, which protected money to the arts but delivered a blow to local authorities, has drawn mixed responses.

Cities recognise benefits of culture, report finds

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26 Nov 2015

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.

Riding a bike that’s on fire

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02 Nov 2015

Bethany Houldsworth reveals how she’s learned a lot as a Creative Apprentice for Lancashire County Council – not least about herself.

Work closely with the arts, London Mayor tells developers

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29 Oct 2015

A new guide aims to help councils, developers and planners integrate culture into the capital’s developments.

Edinburgh council prepares to overhaul arts funding

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22 Oct 2015

More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.

Competing against other demands

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21 Oct 2015

Paul Martin reveals how London’s boroughs are protecting arts and culture against rising rents and funding cuts.

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