Arts Council of Northern Ireland could re-introduce multi-year funding

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17 Jan 2019

The funder has also set out plans to create a consultative assembly of arts professionals, after hearing calls to communicate more effectively with the sector.

Politicians polarise in their opinions of Arts Council England

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17 Jan 2019

Labour politicians are increasingly positive about the Arts Council’s work, while sentiment among Conservatives has moved in the opposite direction.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

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.

Culture funding falls in Scottish budget

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20 Dec 2018

The budget allocation for 'Creative Scotland and other arts' includes £10m for Screen Scotland and a £6.6m boost for the regularly funded portfolio to compensate for reduced lottery income.

Income rises at national institutions despite funding cuts

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14 Dec 2018

In real terms, institutions sponsored by DCMS have increased their income by over a quarter in the past decade, despite a 19% reduction in direct funding.

Cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy

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30 Nov 2018

The economic output from the cultural sector is now just under £30bn, having grown by 7.3% in one year.

Shadow minister: arts funding ‘should be conditional on ethical employment’

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29 Nov 2018

Justin Madders made the comments in relation to a tribunal hearing concerning the employment rights of art educators at the National Gallery, which could set a precedent for the public sector.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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