Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

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16 Nov 2018

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

Government plans social prescribing academy

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09 Nov 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

New network to support governance best practice

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England says that if necessary, it will step in and insist on a change of leadership at its funded clients.

Book review: What Matters?

13 Nov 2018

James Doeser dissects the convictions underpinning Meyrick et al’s contempt for proliferating attempts to measure and quantify the value of the arts. 

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

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19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

Expansion of social prescribing promised in loneliness strategy

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19 Oct 2018

Arts Council England has been instructed to fund arts and health projects and share best practice.

Culture needs a ‘5-a-day’ campaign, MPs hear

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19 Oct 2018

A committee investigating the positive impact of culture and sport on mental and physical health heard that a lack of funding and the absence of a joined-up strategy prevent initiatives becoming more widely available.

ACE could stand by NPOs that break funding agreements

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12 Oct 2018

England’s national funder would consider the local, national and strategic importance of organisations in “acute financial difficulty”.

NPOs failing on access basics, say disabled artists

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03 Oct 2018

A Leeds-based collective has named a lack of accessible toilets, snobbish staff and ‘mega-expensive’ coffee among continuing barriers to equality.

The consistency illusion

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27 Sep 2018

The arts are important because they matter to us, and any attempts to further justify them lead to an impoverished and less human life, says Carter Gillies.

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.

Call for free business support for arts sector

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14 Sep 2018

Arts professionals show a “continuing aversion” to the language of business support, despite a strong interest in accessing business support services.

Embedding the arts in healthcare

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13 Sep 2018

Clinical psychologist Katherine Taylor explains how Greater Manchester is putting the arts at the heart of its mental health strategy, inspired by Finland’s positive experiences.

Wasted youth

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13 Sep 2018

Laura Bailey explains how Kent County Council is aiming to integrate arts and culture into its commissioned services across the board - even in waste management.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

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07 Sep 2018

Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.

Camelot revamps prize draws to boost returns to good causes

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07 Sep 2018

The public’s growing preference for scratch cards and instant win games is eroding the proportion of sales that go to good causes.

Tackling class discrimination

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30 Aug 2018

By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

Government to boost charities’ role in public services

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16 Aug 2018

A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.

Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

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10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

Apprenticeship barriers under scrutiny

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10 Aug 2018

New research is responding to employer demands for the apprenticeship system to be made more attractive to the creative industries.

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