A high street renaissance?

Photo of Amanda Parker
29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

'Very good news': Huge optimism as partial venue reopening confirmed

Sadiq Khan at London's Pride Festival, 2016
12 May 2021

London launches a massive domestic tourism campaign as England progresses to the next stage of the reopening roadmap.

Reshaping our places and communities post-Covid

Revoluton picture of people carrying cooured umbrellas in front of building with mural 'We stand up for Luton'
08 Apr 2021

Cultural organisations can play a key role in creating thriving places for people to live, work and visit, but only if they reach out to creative partners beyond the local ‘culture club’. Penny Mills, Anne Torreggiani and Patrick Towell explain how.

A year of reorientation in the Borough of Brent

Kamiah, Nuradean and Santos - Vent at Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture
08 Apr 2021

Lois Stonock planned the London Borough of Culture 2020 to respond to Brexit. Then Brent became home to one of the UK’s first coronavirus fatalities.

Don’t leave your community out in the cold

Eden Court's Empire Theatre as Humanitarian Aid Centre - one of the winners of the inaugural Award for Civic Arts Organisations
07 Apr 2021

What does it mean to have a civic role in challenging times? Andrew Barnett and Deborah Bull discuss.

Visible and viable: why a Cultural Quarter makes sense

Swindon’s cultural facilities
07 Apr 2021

Swindon's new Cultural Quarter - an £80m development by Swindon Council - will be the first thing visitors see when they step off the train. Sam Rackham explains why it will be worth every penny.

The public art of placemaking

Mary Woolf artist with boundary line sign
07 Apr 2021

Public art can connect us to the places, landscapes and buildings where we live. Lindsey Hebden explains what that means in practice for young people in the Lakes and Dales.

People need places (and vice versa)

31 Mar 2021

Caitlin Warfield writes that the future of culture and business in urban centres depends on their ability to work together.

Compact to secure Liverpool as 'UK's second City of Culture'

23 Mar 2021

Liverpool has a new five-year strategy to reboot the region by building a more inclusive coalition from its creative workforce, which is now believed to be twice as large as official figures suggest.

Coventry 2021 will be 'a return to live'

02 Mar 2021

The UK City of Culture year will press ahead with a full calendar of festivals and events from May 15 - two days before the Government's 'no earlier than' date for live shows.

Let’s move beyond the spin

Hull City Hall illuminated with the word 'Hull'
24 Feb 2021

Hull’s leaders want to build a ‘collective legacy’ for its City of Culture year. Victoria Bissett and Michael Howcroft say their success depends on rebuilding trust amid a culture of anger, secrecy and fear.

Surrey venues draw sightseers, spending and social benefits, study finds

23 Feb 2021

New research shows 70% of visitors to Surrey arts venues would not have come into town - and spent an extra £40 on average - if it weren't for those institutions.

National Collections Centre planned for Coventry

17 Feb 2021

Arts Council England will relocate its 8,000-piece collection to a former IKEA store in an effort to create a legacy for Coventry City of Culture.

The creative industries aren’t closed

A woman in a red top and jeans dancing outside with ballet shoes in her hand
26 Jan 2021

Louise Blackwell says creative practitioners have been at the forefront of place-based recovery. Their strategy? Come together, listen and take action.

Fear and hope for local authority venues post-Covid

26 Jan 2021

Trusts and companies operating council venues are folding under financial pressure. Can cash-strapped local authorities retain - even improve - provision under the circumstances?

Medway eyes international recognition with new cultural strategy

25 Jan 2021

The "ambitious and forward-thinking" document will be the cornerstone of a bid for UK City of Culture 2025.

We’re nothing without our people

Two young people blowing bubbles into a camera
19 Jan 2021

A UK City of Culture bid won’t succeed unless it’s authentic, writes Richard Dunbar.

Legacy as a collective act

07 Jan 2021

How will Hull face the future following its triumph as UK City of Culture? Lee Corner and Stephen Munn reflect on the legacy of 2017 in a year of unprecedented turmoil.

Strategy to put Gloucester 'on the cultural map'

16 Dec 2020

Signature events, including a potential UK City of Culture bid, will "signal the cultural regeneration of Gloucester".

New horizons

Candle with a brown card label saying hope attached, christmas decorations in the background
16 Dec 2020

As we say good riddance to 2020, Liz Hill takes a glass-half-full look at progress in the cultural sector this year, and what the year ahead might hold.

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