Creative processes at the heart

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12 Jun 2019

The place in which a cultural organisation finds itself can determine how it thrives, survives or even dies, but many organisations are now taking the lead in helping places reinvent themselves. Anne Torreggiani explores the rise of place-shaping.

Weaving a rich tapestry

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12 Jun 2019

Kirklees in West Yorkshire has a vision for local development rooted firmly in its historic links to the textile and music industries, says Kath Davies.

Flourishing cultural eco-systems

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12 Jun 2019

Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson reflect on their recent research into cultural ecology and suggest what the future of progressive place-based policy and practice could look like.

Without help, without permission

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12 Jun 2019

A perpetual, community-led art project is transforming neighbourhoods in Exeter, street by street. JoJo Spinks explains why handing control of commissioning to local people has been crucial to its success.

Redefining the City of London through culture

The House of Wayward Plants: The Smithfield Greenhouse, as part of Culture Mile’s Play the Mile
12 Jun 2019

The global finance hub is forging a new identity through risk-taking alliances between its commercial, public and cultural sectors, writes Tim Jones.

UK must correct ‘very strong London bias’ in cultural provision, says report

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07 Jun 2019

Cultural leaders have expressed dismay that Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the UK’s economic imbalances did not make more specific references to the arts and culture.

Rediscovering a role for artists

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30 May 2019

A series of informal surgeries for creative artists in Salford uncovered widespread disillusionment, says Steve Slater - as well as suggesting new ways foward.

Arts projects land £4m to boost social impact

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17 May 2019

The Creative Civic Change programme has granted multi-year funding to communities with a track record of using the arts to address social need.

Artist studio complex opens in south London Enterprise Zone

17 May 2019

Workspaces for more than 100 artists and an Enterprise Hub supporting creative entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the newly opened Creative Enterprise Zone for Deptford and New Cross.

Cardiff campaign to protect grassroots culture

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17 May 2019

Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.

Book review: Persistent Creativity

15 May 2019

Peter Campbell's sceptical critique of the 'creativity agenda' makes for fascinating - if at times uncomfortable - reading, says Andrew Garrad.

ACE pledges £1.5m to grassroots music venues

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10 May 2019

Previously criticised as “too posh for pop”, Arts Council England has voiced support for genres including rock and hip-hop.

National Portrait Gallery eyes elite status with major redevelopment

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26 Apr 2019

The gallery plans to raise its public profile and combat falling visitor numbers by changing the way its collection is displayed and opening a new Learning Centre for visitors of all ages. 

A seat at the table

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24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

Cities urged to ‘humanise their buildings’ to help music thrive

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04 Apr 2019

A new report says music can have a powerful impact on the economy and people’s wellbeing, provided places develop the right infrastructure to support it. 

Finding common ground

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04 Apr 2019

In the wake of budget cuts, local arts groups in Birmingham have come together to help shape a new democratic approach to culture in the city, says Tom Jones.

‘Town of culture’ competition to engage Greater Manchester

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29 Mar 2019

The pledge to set up the programme is part of the region’s first ever cultural strategy, which will run for five years until 2024.

Mapping London's cultural riches

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28 Mar 2019

City Hall has launched an interactive online map capturing details of the capital’s cultural spaces - from theatres and studios to pubs and creative workspaces. Justine Simons explains how it will support local planners and creative workers.

Bringing libraries to life

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28 Mar 2019

Libraries will always be about books and information, but in Manchester they’re also a place for local communities to enjoy live gigs and other arts events. Zoe Williams explains how the transformation has taken place.

Social impact funding to spread Great Exhibition legacy

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26 Mar 2019

Part-grant, part-loan funding backed by the DCMS will be available to creative organisations across the north of England. 

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