Supporting artists, not productions

07 Nov 2019

Helping artists make new work is important, but building longer and deeper relationships with them brings greater rewards for all, says Claire Symonds.

NPO boss resigns after council orders booking of controversial comedian

Middlesborough Town Hall
05 Nov 2019

Middlesbrough’s Mayor allegedly demanded the Town Hall book Roy Chubby Brown against concerns the show will be offensive and unpopular.

Olympic Park cultural quarter already £14m over budget

An artist's drawing of the planned Stratford Waterfront development
01 Nov 2019

Auditors warned that urgent action was needed to avert overspending and delays to the project before planning permission for four key buildings was granted in June. LLDC says it is still in the process of addressing these concerns.

Exit interview: Things I’ve learned about the cultural sector

31 Oct 2019

As she steps down as Editor of the cultural policy journal Cultural Trends, Sara Selwood takes a long hard look at the way the sector has developed – and tells it like it is.

Research to investigate censorship in the arts

29 Oct 2019

An ArtsProfessional survey will examine whether fear of “biting the hand that feeds” is affecting freedom of expression within the arts and cultural sector.

Is diverse leadership really welcome in the arts?

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25 Oct 2019

Madani Younis' exit from Southbank Centre exposes uncomfortable truths about the arts sector's attitude to workforce diversity, says Amanda Parker.

York is UK’s most culturally vibrant city, finds EU research

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25 Oct 2019

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh were ranked higher than London on a cultural and creative index compiled by the European Commission.

Younis leaves Southbank Centre after less than a year

Madani Younis
25 Oct 2019

The venue’s Creative Director has been outspoken on diversity in the sector, warning of the risk of “cultural apartheid”.

Smaller museums ‘reticent’ about tax relief scheme

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24 Oct 2019

About half of institutions surveyed in Yorkshire and Humber were not claiming or planning to make a claim through the Government initiative.

Multiply leadership, not leaders

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24 Oct 2019

Patriarchal models of arts leadership belong in the 19th century, says Mark Robinson – we need to develop more distributed, non-linear ways of working.

Everyone welcome – of all faiths and none

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24 Oct 2019

Staff and museum users from Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership challenge Tristram Hunt’s definition of what it means to be “consciously civic”.

The crisis in arts fundraising talent

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24 Oct 2019

Arts organisations must change their workplace cultures so that young people see the profession as a rewarding long-term job, says Michelle Wright.

Arts figures recognised in disability power list

A photo of Andrew Miller
22 Oct 2019

Campaigner and broadcaster Andrew Miller and theatre-maker Jess Thom are among those included in the Shaw Trust’s latest Disability Power 100.

Creating a Diverse Board

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30 Sep 2019

Becoming a truly inclusive organisation starts at the top, says Cath Hume.

Who’s missing out on tax relief?

24 Sep 2019

While the number of tax reliefs available to the creative industries has grown, some sectors are missing out by being slow to take advantage of potential savings. Louise Veragoo explains who might be eligible for this free cash.

Unlocking the potential of peer learning

Bruised not broken exhibition
19 Sep 2019

Learning from collective experience offers a wealth of benefits to those willing to invest in building a network, say Amanda Smethurst and Tamsin Curror.

Arts and culture workers join climate strike

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17 Sep 2019

National Theatre staff say the protest is “the beginning of a discussion in which we will push for our theatre to divest from big oil sponsorship”.

Building an appetite for change

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05 Sep 2019

It’s hard asking people to explore uncertainty – but when consensus is built across the organisation, it can unleash huge energy, says Richard Watts.

Strike begins at Science Museum Group

A photo of staff on strike holding placards outside the Science Museum in London
30 Aug 2019

The Prospect union says staff have experienced a 13% real terms pay cut since 2010.

ACE awards £7m to develop arts leadership

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30 Aug 2019

The 18 successful bids include projects working with potential leaders from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with learning disabilities.

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