Election 2019: what’s in it for the arts? (Part II)

27 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Brexit Party.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to merge

25 Sep 2019

Joint venture aims to 'supercharge' UK arts lobbying and business development 

When governments support artists…

12 Dec 2019

The project-to-project style of artists’ work makes it difficult for them to claim welfare benefits so the Irish government has taken action to help. It’s a small step forward, says Eoghan Carrick.

Finding faith in voluntary arts

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05 Dec 2019

How do policies and prejudices around religious belief affect the cultural workforce? People of faith tell Martin Cox how they feel about being an artist involved in socially engaged arts.

Scottish Culture Strategy delayed for election

05 Dec 2019

Culture Secretary and staff fear the key policy document will be buried by other news if it is released before the General Election.

Musicians call for protections to limit Brexit damage

03 Dec 2019

A new manifesto says freelance workers have “little protection from exploitation” and warns of a grim future for touring performers.

Election 2019: What’s in it for the arts? 

22 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party

Row over using the word ‘art’ in Arts Council England draft strategy

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19 Nov 2019

London arts leaders were told the word is “divisive” but wanted it included anyway.

Grants model of arts funding must change, Creative Scotland told

19 Nov 2019

A review of international approaches to funding culture concludes that “change is inevitable”.

Vaizey stands down to pursue work in creative industries

08 Nov 2019

The former Culture Minister has resigned from parliament, citing a desire to specialise in the sectors he is passionate about.

Arts Councils won’t enforce minimum pay

08 Nov 2019

The Arts Council of Wales has said it won’t fund projects that don’t budget minimum pay rates for artists. We asked the other councils why they aren’t doing the same.

What will Ed do next?

08 Nov 2019

What might the UK's longest serving Culture Minister take as his next step? Amanda Parker makes some suggestions.

Celebrating local excellence

07 Nov 2019

We spend too much time trying to learn lessons from cities and apply them in other places, argues Brendan Keaney. It’s time to recognise that creative powerhouses can come in all shapes and sizes – and not always where you might expect.

And they’re off…

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01 Nov 2019

How many of us working in the arts are keeping quiet about how we really feel, asks Amanda Parker.

Olympic Park cultural quarter already £14m over budget

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01 Nov 2019

Auditors warned that urgent action was needed to avert overspending and delays to the project before planning permission for four key buildings was granted in June. LLDC says it is still in the process of addressing these concerns.

Exit interview: Things I’ve learned about the cultural sector

31 Oct 2019

As she steps down as Editor of the cultural policy journal Cultural Trends, Sara Selwood takes a long hard look at the way the sector has developed – and tells it like it is.

UK loses soft power crown as Brexit sours reputation

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29 Oct 2019

Researchers say ongoing political turmoil has had a “clear, negative impact” on the country’s global standing.

York is UK’s most culturally vibrant city, finds EU research

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25 Oct 2019

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh were ranked higher than London on a cultural and creative index compiled by the European Commission.

Smaller museums ‘reticent’ about tax relief scheme

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24 Oct 2019

About half of institutions surveyed in Yorkshire and Humber were not claiming or planning to make a claim through the Government initiative.

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