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.

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

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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.

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.

Arts Council outlines priorities for next two years

Hull Dancers
08 Jun 2018

The national funder wants to develop a culture of enterprise and increase the use of loan finance in the sector.

Dave Moutrey appointed Director of Culture for Manchester

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01 Jun 2018

The Director of HOME hopes to make Manchester a ‘sticky city’ and to collaborate with Mayor Andy Burnham on integrating culture into healthcare, housing and transport agendas.

New £3m fund for creative projects in Northern Powerhouse

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18 May 2018

Arts organisations in the North will be able to apply for up to £150k in a mixture of grant and loan funding for projects that deliver positive social impact.

UK City of Culture 2021 appoints Chenine Bhathena as Creative Director

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27 Apr 2018

Bhathena, who joins from the Greater London Authority, has pledged to reach all communities across Coventry, not just regular arts attenders.

Arts Council and University of Kent to explore arts and health

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13 Apr 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding has committed the two parties to investigating the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing.

Arnolfini protected in Bristol visual arts shakeup

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06 Apr 2018

Arts Council England plans to boost Bristol and the South West’s international reputation for the visual arts with a new collaborative commissioning programme.

A successful move

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05 Apr 2018

Open House arts festival took a risk when it moved from Belfast to Bangor in Northern Ireland, but one that is paying off now that it’s making a difference again. Colette Fahy tells the story.

Culture strategy for London prioritises access

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27 Mar 2018

London’s Mayor has set out a vision and a roadmap for extending opportunities for local communities to experience cultural activity in the capital.

London boroughs funded to develop Creative Enterprise Zones

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21 Mar 2018

£500k is being shared by eleven shortlisted boroughs to develop plans to support artists and creative businesses in their areas.

95% of Hull residents attended a City of Culture activity

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16 Mar 2018

Over 60% of ticket buying audiences were first-time bookers, and the city’s venues experienced a 30% increase in ticket sales.

London Mayor told to consider ‘anchor venues’ in every borough

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02 Mar 2018

A London Assembly Economy Committee report also encourages galleries and museums to extend their opening hours.

Waltham Forest and Brent crowned London Boroughs of Culture

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27 Feb 2018

The two boroughs will each receive £1.35m and will hold the awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

A win-win competition

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22 Feb 2018

The UK City of Culture competition brings great benefits – to the losers as well as the winners – but as more cities, towns and even villages express interest, Andrew Dixon asks if changes are needed.

How we… kept a major capital project on track

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05 Feb 2018

A £37m capital project is always going to be demanding, but throw in Grade-II listed status, asbestos and Roman remains and you’ve got a real challenge. Graham Lister explains how Storyhouse Chester managed it.

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