Factory Manchester overspend nears £20m

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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

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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

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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.

Arts venues aim to make Newcastle ‘best place to be young’

Kema Kay
21 Sep 2018

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.

Are we misunderstanding cultural democracy?

Street art in Bristol
20 Sep 2018

Has Arts Council England got cultural democracy wrong? Steven Hadley and Eleonora Belfiore argue for a more thorough questioning of existing hierarchies.

Turner Contemporary endorses plans for on-site hostel

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12 Sep 2018

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.

Tell us how to do better, says culture lead for Nine Elms regeneration

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07 Sep 2018

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.

Arts organisations ‘must look beyond funders' goals’

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31 Aug 2018

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.

Involve communities to stave off gentrification, cultural districts warned

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28 Aug 2018

A new report recommends a framework for good governance that includes partnership working and effective leadership.

Stoke to unveil new cultural strategy

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23 Aug 2018

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.

Government to boost charities’ role in public services

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16 Aug 2018

A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.

‘Donut’ venues boost community engagement, report finds

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09 Aug 2018

Three outer city venues around Leeds were found to have generated committed core audiences in areas perceived as barren.

City of Culture must be more than an arts festival, MPs told

An art installation depicting poppies at Hull Maritime Museum
13 Jul 2018

In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

Brexit voters more likely to shun the arts, research finds

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11 Jul 2018

Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.

Dancing in the streets

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05 Jul 2018

Losing NPO funding was devastating for Dance Manchester, but it has liberated the company to pursue its own path driving placemaking through outdoor work, says Deb Ashby.

Performing in the public realm

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14 Jun 2018

Alison Fordham explains how IF: Milton Keynes International Festival’s programme of outdoor events is a key audience development and placemaking tool for the town.

A coastline for cultural tourists

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14 Jun 2018

Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.

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