Making community arts work

Portrait – people and places of the First Art area by David Severn and Kajal Nisha Patel
21 Mar 2019

What makes socially engaged and participatory arts projects successful? Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken talked to artists, commissioners and participants to find out.

Public art by popular demand

Photo of public art project outside London Bridge Station - painted bollards
21 Mar 2019

A recent survey found that four in five Londoners would contribute at least £2 towards public art in their local area. Marine Tanguy and Vishal Kumar explore the potential role of citizens in new commissions.

Research to focus on creativity in towns

Photo of Grimsby
15 Mar 2019

A new project, expected to publish findings by the autumn, will assess cultural funding, infrastructure and participation in towns across England.

Funders join forces with business to support culture in Cornwall

Photo of musicians playing on the street
01 Mar 2019

A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding pledges to promote inclusive growth and defend Cornish cultural distinctiveness.

Working with real people

Photo of a group of skateboarders
28 Feb 2019

Opening up decision-making about what art gets made and by whom doesn't lead to people 'playing it safe', but to programmes that engage more people, more deeply. Tamsin Curror examines the evidence.

The show must go on

Photo of four performers, two juggling in the background, and the lead dancing in the foreground
21 Feb 2019

Circus was created to fill a gap left by ‘serious’ theatre. Now a new generation of performers is rejecting bureaucratisation to rediscover the artform's anarchic roots, writes John Ellingsworth.

Mayor launches trust to support affordable artist workspaces

A man wearing gloves working with tools at a table
08 Feb 2019

The Creative Land Trust, backed by seed funding of £4m from City Hall and £2m from Arts Council England, will seek additional finance from property developers and ask London councils to safeguard affordable workspaces.

South West towns join forces in ‘creative coastline’ vision

Photo of Inside Out Festival, Poole
25 Jan 2019

Arts organisations in the new Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch city region have backed a new long-term enquiry into placing culture at the heart of local life.

Five English areas share £20m Cultural Development Fund

A row of black sculptures on a grass lawn
18 Jan 2019

Projects in Wakefield and the Thames Estuary have landed more than £4m each to boost the local creative industries, through a DCMS fund set up as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Looking beyond the obvious

03 Jan 2019

It is right to celebrate those local authorities committed to funding culture, but long-term sustainability may depend on developing entirely new approaches, argues Gary Topp.

£11m allocated to London’s ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’

Street art in London
21 Dec 2018

Six zones across seven boroughs have been provided with funding to develop links between artists, local people and small creative businesses.

Liverpool stands by ‘insulting’ logo design competition

A crowd of people and tall ships at a dock
20 Dec 2018

The city region authority is offering a prize of £800 for a “simple but visually impactful” design to be used across print and online promotional materials for the £200k a year initiative.

Mayor urges schools to adopt London curriculum to ‘ignite creativity in young people’

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14 Dec 2018

A new culture strategy outlines plans to increase access to the arts and ensure London is renowned for its culture internationally.  

Rushing up to Rochdale

Photo of dancers on stage
06 Dec 2018

Mark Doyle says that a clear sense of purpose has encouraged leading artists to participate in an ambitious programme of contemporary exhibitions in Rochdale.

Capturing the essence

An anotomical drawing representing the failure of a project
22 Nov 2018

When invited to carry out a creative evaluation of the first three years of Creative People and Places, Sarah Butler decided that the best approach was to have fun.

Factory Manchester overspend nears £20m

Photo of The Factory
09 Nov 2018

Changes to block out noise, alongside rocketing design and construction costs, have added millions to the project’s budget, the council admits.

Arts Council grants £5m to Coventry 2021

Photo of coventry team
25 Oct 2018

The grant will be used to both prepare for the year of activities and fund the programme of work.

Loss of small music venues is handing control of culture to robots, MPs told

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12 Oct 2018

The economic model for those performing in or running small music venues is unviable, the DCMS Committee was told.

Manchester invites feedback on new cultural strategy

Photo of The Lowry
05 Oct 2018

Wellbeing and the economy are among the key themes of the strategy, with the final version due to be published later this year.

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