How dynamic are you?

11 May 2022

What we used to think of as ‘contingency planning’ is now just planning, says Patrick Towell. That is what it means to be ‘dynamic’.

Emotional resilience is the key skill for 2022

Community and peer support can be essential to a resilient team
19 Jan 2022

While many arts and culture organisations are concerned about their financial viability, emotional resilience will also be essential to seeing out the pandemic, argues Robin Cantrill-Fenwick.

Governance beyond the ‘great and the good’

13 Oct 2021

Our sector is supported by trustees and directors who, through their passion and skills, have stepped up to support organisations when the need has been greatest. But, as Jonathan Mayes argues, our boards could do better.

Arts workers get lowest pay rise of any sector

25 May 2022

Low pay and real-terms depreciation of salaries could ‘severely damage’ arts sector amid record number of job vacancies, advocates say.

Comparing apples to oranges

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17 May 2022

Arts organisations increasingly use data to inform their decision making. But, argue David Johnson and Sarah Thelwall, if it’s not relevant, it risks being distracting, or even misleading.

Performance royalties lag amid music sector recovery

17 May 2022

While broadcast and online revenues reached record levels in 2021, royalties from public usage and resultant income for artists have yet to recover from the pandemic.

Name change for 'whitewashed' Kala Sangam sparks anguish

29 Apr 2022

Founding members of the South Asian arts company accuse Arts Council England of turning a blind eye to "the definition of appropriation" as new programmes and audiences are pursued.

A model of leadership for uncertain times

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19 Apr 2022

Research about co-leadership in the arts mostly focuses on sharing the executive function between artistic and operational roles. Pippa Warin thinks it’s time to consider sharing the role of chair of the board.

Creative People and Places restructure 'contradicts its ethos'

14 Apr 2022

Changes to the programme come after a "disappointing" couple of years in which those involved say ACE lost sight of its purpose.

Entertainment taskforce to assess cultural impact

13 Apr 2022

A newly-formed entertainment industry taskforce will assess the social and cultural impact of its content.

The Entertainment Industries Taskforce on Social Impact includes representatives from the BBC, Meta, Netflix and Spotify and is convened by global charity OKRE.

OKRE Director Iain Dodgeon says the taskforce seeks to understand and build on the real-world impact of engaging with entertainment content.

“Real change is measurable change, and this is an important step towards demonstrating the breadth of social and cultural impacts that entertainment content can have.”

The announcement coincides with the launch of the OKRE Summit, a new annual event bringing together the entertainment and charity sectors to advance cross-sector collaboration.

The first summit will take place in London on June 15.

Council gauges interest in Salisbury City Hall

08 Apr 2022

Wiltshire Council is seeking expressions of interest from cultural organisations to run Salisbury City Hall.

The hall closed in March 2020 and has since been used as a vaccination centre. The NHS will continue using it until September, at which point the council could hand it over.

It says it doesn't want to sell the building and hasn't ruled out reopening the venue itself, even though "the financial climate is challenging at the moment".

"If we decide to do that we have to ensure the venue is sustainable and will be there for the long-term."

It will hold discussions with possible operators over the coming months.


Shock as ALRA closes without warning

06 Apr 2022

Trustees missed the warning signs in 2020, reporting a "very low risk" of closure just six months ago.

British Art Fair under new ownership

30 Mar 2022

The British Art Fair has been acquired by the world’s largest art fair group, Ramsay Fairs.

Founded in 1988, Britain's only fair dedicated to Modern and Contemporary British Art moved to London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2018 under the ownership of Robert and Johnny Sandelson.

Robert Sandelson has agreed to join Ramsay Fair’s Advisory Committee to “ensure a smooth transition,” according to Founder Will Ramsay.

The acquisition takes Ramsay Fair’s global portfolio of art fairs to 16.

The next British Art Fair takes place over four days from September 29 at Saatchi Gallery.

What does ‘living with Covid’ mean for your workplace?

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23 Mar 2022

As new regulations come into force for employers, James Tamm and Nick Wilson run though what organisations need to understand about working in the new ‘normal’. 

Midlands dance organisations to merge

22 Mar 2022

Dance4 and DanceXchange are merging into a new, "more ambitious" organisation.

FABRIC will combine the organisations’ skills and expertise and free up resources to "actively invest" in artists and programmes.  

The two have worked together since 2017 and believe the move will help develop talent in the Midlands, encourage creative leadership and promote dance in public life.

"This new approach will breathe new life into dance," Dance4 CEO and upcoming FABRIC CEO Paul Russ said.

The merger will take effect from mid-April, with DanceXchange Interim CEO Debbie Jardine stepping down. FABRIC will keep both partners' buildings in Nottingham and Birmingham open, "building on the programmes and audiences of Dance4 and DanceXchange in these locations and beyond".

Russ commented: "We’re taking a bold step to a new future, seizing the moment to build on our collective knowledge and success, and the legacy of major events in the region to realise new opportunities and growth for dance."

How to become more dynamic

09 Mar 2022

The pandemic has forced us all to think differently - about the work we do, the way we work, and about how we plan and strategise, say Cimeon Ellerton-Kay and Natalie Hall.

Museums express 'deep concern' over Whitworth Gallery row

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03 Mar 2022

The planned removal of Alistair Hudson as director "speaks to the silencing of dissent", according to an international museum ethics watchdog.

Inc Arts wins accolades for inclusive change

01 Mar 2022

Inclusion and diversity organisation Inc Arts has won four accolades from Anthem Awards.

The awards recognise "purpose and mission driven work". Inc Arts was acknowledged with gold awards for special projects, best strategy, partnership and collaboration and a "medal class" award.

The organisation helped share the experiences of 400 ethnically diverse arts workers with 3,000 senior leaders in the sector during the lockdowns, hosted a conference, Speak-Listen-Reset-Heal, and provided the Unlock toolkit.

CEO Amanda Parker said the work has been hard but has catalysed change at hundreds of UK arts organisations.

"In the darkest of storms, it's great to be seen."

Mission should inform everything

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16 Feb 2022

Being purpose driven and mission driven through the pandemic set Farnham Maltings up for success long into the future, just when they needed it most, as Paul Fadden reports.

Can you afford to work in the arts anymore?

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16 Feb 2022

As NPO applications are being crafted, budgets written and forecasts made, Keith Jeffrey asks: How big a pay rise are you going to ask for?


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