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Projects in Wakefield and the Kent 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.
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.
Six zones across seven boroughs have been provided with funding to develop links between artists, local people and small creative businesses.
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.
A new culture strategy outlines plans to increase access to the arts and ensure London is renowned for its culture internationally.
Mark Doyle says that a clear sense of purpose has encouraged leading artists to participate in an ambitious programme of contemporary exhibitions in Rochdale.
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.
Changes to block out noise, alongside rocketing design and construction costs, have added millions to the project’s budget, the council admits.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the borough’s diversity was ‘an asset to be unlocked’.
The grant will be used to both prepare for the year of activities and fund the programme of work.
The economic model for those performing in or running small music venues is unviable, the DCMS Committee was told.
Wellbeing and the economy are among the key themes of the strategy, with the final version due to be published later this year.
The City of Dreams strategy aims to engage 165,000 under-25s in the arts every year for the next 10 years, and hopes to address poverty and mental health challenges.
Has Arts Council England got cultural democracy wrong? Steven Hadley and Eleonora Belfiore argue for a more thorough questioning of existing hierarchies.
Proposals by the gallery’s original architect, David Chipperfield, would see the creation of a 100-room building on the seafront next to the gallery.
Michelle Walker said she welcomed ongoing dialogue with residents as she takes on responsibility for culture in a project that will see the creation of 20,000 new homes.
Former Watershed Chief Executive Dick Penny stressed he is “more excited than ever” about working in Bristol as he leaves his role of 20 years and heads a new Watershed venture aimed at creating growth in the city.
A new report recommends a framework for good governance that includes partnership working and effective leadership.
The strategy, being developed in the wake of the city’s failed City of Culture bid, will renew a commitment to the arts, including a greater emphasis on social prescribing.
A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.