Norwich Arts Centre appointed Creative Producer for Luton

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13 Jul 2016

Arts Council England has announced the final award to be made through its £1.5m Luton Investment Programme.

European Capital of Culture bids progress despite Brexit uncertainty

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01 Jul 2016

Competing UK cities will continue with their bids, despite a lack of reassurance from organisers Creative Europe that the UK will remain a host country in 2023.

Joining up a city

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14 Jun 2016

Monica Ferguson charts how Milton Keynes’ international arts festival has changed the way people view the new town.

The Gorbals lives again

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09 Jun 2016

A 100-metre high public artwork isn’t always the answer. Peter McCaughey reflects on why he took a more dispersed approach to an art strategy for a housing project in inner Glasgow.

Connecting to the past

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09 Jun 2016

Hastings is at long last celebrating its place in history with a festival of contemporary arts. Polly Gifford tells all.

A new look city

09 Jun 2016

Turning the city of Belfast into a gallery has captured residents’ imaginations and changed the way they view their home.

Part of the place

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09 Jun 2016

An In Harmony programme has embedded Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in its local community. Susanne Burns reveals how the orchestra helps shape Everton’s sense of place.

Placemaking to last

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09 Jun 2016

What exactly is placemaking and how can it work in the UK? Torn between cynicism and hope, TC Peppercorn takes a closer look.

Pop-up opportunity

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05 May 2016

The invitation to bring a disused library in Southwark back to life as a pop-up space for artists and community groups came with many challenges as well as opportunities, Rebecca Manson Jones reveals.

Shakespearean theatre of the north planned for Prescot

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11 Dec 2015

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is supporting plans for a £19m Jacobean playhouse in Prescot which would form a “Shakespearean triangle” with Stratford and London.

A festival for all the senses

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02 Dec 2015

When Torbay’s annual Agatha Christie Week was expanded into a major literature festival things took an unexpected turn. Anna Farthing investigates.

Cities recognise benefits of culture, report finds

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26 Nov 2015

Local authorities envisage a shift away from direct provision of cultural services, but are preparing to lead by articulating a vision, brokering partnerships, and sourcing new funding.

Manifesto to promote the value of public art

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20 Nov 2015

Artists and arts professionals have upped their campaign for art to be central to placemaking by producing a new manifesto.

The soul of the city

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15 Oct 2015

Munira Mirza on the power of art to change people’s perceptions of a city – and make them into more ‘human’ places.

Hull welcomes creative apprenticeships for young people

The Bell
25 Sep 2015

Hull commits to creative apprenticeships ahead of its year as City of Culture 2017.

Galleries boost local culture and economy

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06 Aug 2015

New research finds that galleries play an important part in their own communities, as well as playing a significant role in the local economy.

A brave digital world

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30 Jul 2014

Ali Hossaini believes that arts venues need to prepare for ‘digital placemaking’ by extending their use of in-house WiFi.


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