Mayor launches trust to support affordable artist workspaces

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08 Feb 2019

The Creative Land Trust, backed by seed funding of £4m from City Hall and £2m from Arts Council England, will seek additional finance from property developers and ask London councils to safeguard affordable workspaces.

South West towns join forces in ‘creative coastline’ vision

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25 Jan 2019

Arts organisations in the new Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch city region have backed a new long-term enquiry into placing culture at the heart of local life.

Five English areas share £20m Cultural Development Fund

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18 Jan 2019

Projects in Wakefield and the 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.

Looking beyond the obvious

03 Jan 2019

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.

£11m allocated to London’s ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’

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21 Dec 2018

Six zones across seven boroughs have been provided with funding to develop links between artists, local people and small creative businesses.

Liverpool stands by ‘insulting’ logo design competition

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20 Dec 2018

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.

Mayor urges schools to adopt London curriculum to ‘ignite creativity in young people’

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14 Dec 2018

A new culture strategy outlines plans to increase access to the arts and ensure London is renowned for its culture internationally.  

Rushing up to Rochdale

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06 Dec 2018

Mark Doyle says that a clear sense of purpose has encouraged leading artists to participate in an ambitious programme of contemporary exhibitions in Rochdale.

Capturing the essence

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22 Nov 2018

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.

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?

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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.

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