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Bhathena, who joins from the Greater London Authority, has pledged to reach all communities across Coventry, not just regular arts attenders.
A Memorandum of Understanding has committed the two parties to investigating the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing.
Arts Council England plans to boost Bristol and the South West’s international reputation for the visual arts with a new collaborative commissioning programme.
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.
London’s Mayor has set out a vision and a roadmap for extending opportunities for local communities to experience cultural activity in the capital.
£500k is being shared by eleven shortlisted boroughs to develop plans to support artists and creative businesses in their areas.
Over 60% of ticket buying audiences were first-time bookers, and the city’s venues experienced a 30% increase in ticket sales.
A London Assembly Economy Committee report also encourages galleries and museums to extend their opening hours.
The two boroughs will each receive £1.35m and will hold the awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
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.
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.
Cost-saving measures by Leeds City Council will see access to Carriageworks theatre restricted and a price hike on room hire that could affect hundreds of members of voluntary arts groups.
Collaborative placemaking initiatives could be a much quicker route to regenerating coastal towns than waiting to win the city of culture crown, says Jason Jones-Hall.
Leeds City Council said a celebration independent of the European Capital of Culture competition would have certain advantages, such as being free to include sport.
Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.
The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull.
Following the European Commission’s move to block the UK from participating in European Capital of Culture 2023, arts professionals and MPs have warned cultural ties must not be severed post-Brexit.
Culture is “at the heart” of Sadiq Khan’s draft civic planning strategy, which sets out plans for new cultural quarters and making London a ‘24-hour city’.
The Government’s long-awaited strategy does not mention arts education but says improving the take up and quality of maths would support the creative industries.
The European Commission has said Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union means participation in the 2023 title “will not be possible”.