Policies for the people

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16 Jul 2015

What would our public services look like if we used wellbeing evidence to inform policy-making? There would surely be more room for arts and culture, says Jessica Harris.

From words into action

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18 Jun 2015

The Warwick Commission report may have sparked a useful debate, but how can its recommendations be acted upon locally, asks Chris Bilton.

Edinburgh Promise reflects desire for collective action

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13 May 2015

Cultural organisations and arts practitioners are calling on public and private sector funders and service providers to take action to support a series of ambitions for the city.

Highly desirable or undesirable?

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09 Apr 2015

Dany Louise looks into the reasons why many cities welcome biennials of art events while others are less receptive.

Report tells Labour “commit to the creative industries”

03 Apr 2015

A Labour-commissioned report argues for devolution of funding and strategy decisions away from Whitehall and for ring-fenced grant-in-aid budgets, claiming it is  “…imperative for the creative industries to be treated as a priority across government.”

Creative learning in Wales

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05 Mar 2015

Nick Capaldi explains the new partnership between the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales which puts arts and creativity at the heart of the school curriculum.

An end to performance management?

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05 Mar 2015

Some publicly funded museums are moving away from performance management governance and towards a peer review model. Anwar Tlili explains why more should follow.

Silos must end for the arts to thrive, report concludes

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17 Feb 2015

The final report of the Warwick Commission inquiry finds the future of cultural value as lying in a seamless relationship between the cultural sector and the creative industries, coupled with a focus on enterprise and creativity in schools. 

Time for action on regional arts funding, report concludes

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13 Feb 2015

The need to correct the geographic imbalance in England’s arts funding has been proven and it’s time for Arts Council England to “Just do it!”, say the authors of the RoCC report, in their final assessment of regional arts funding.

Lessons from the past

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29 Jan 2015

Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.

Enquiry sheds light on “engagement gap”

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15 Jan 2015

Failure to learn from the past means that new initiatives for engaging young people with the arts look “remarkably similar to what has gone before”.

Wales fears the impact of council cuts

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11 Nov 2014

It is becoming increasingly less likely that culture and arts services will be able to play a meaningful part in delivering the Government’s ambition of tackling poverty and promoting social justice, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.

Regional funding imbalance “must be urgently rectified”

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05 Nov 2014

Greater fairness in Lottery funding would help to redress the wider geographic arts funding imbalance that sees London benefit “out of all proportion to its population”, says Select Committee.

The dynamics of arts marketing

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03 Nov 2014

Hye-Kyung Lee traces the history of arts marketing though three different phases, each posing new challenges and requiring arts marketers to rethink their aims and remits.

Wellbeing analysis makes stronger case for the arts

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12 Sep 2014

A focus on wellbeing would lead funders to place a greater emphasis on participatory arts, says Parliamentary report.

Damning report reveals impact of policy changes on arts education

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18 Jul 2014

Just a third of art and design teachers say their subjects are highly valued by senior management – fewer in state schools than independent schools.

NAO report demands greater funding transparency

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18 Jul 2014

Arts Council England is preparing to make its funding data more accessible as the National Audit Office reports on Government grant services and a Public Administration Select Committee turns its attention to the accountability of quangos and public bodies. 

In the political eye

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10 Jul 2014

The Arts Alliance network and the Arts Forum are determined to keep the arts in criminal justice settings on the political agenda, says Jessica Plant.

Book review: 'Reaching Out: Music education with 'hard to reach' children and young people'

08 May 2014

The authors write “with passion and authority”, making this book relevant to a wider readership than the title suggests, finds Julia Ient.

Lottery funding landscape laid bare

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25 Apr 2014

The distribution of Lottery funding for the arts is a closed system, operating for the benefit of a small number of arts organisations but to the detriment of wider society and the economy, according to a new report by the authors who recently revealed England’s regional arts funding imbalance.


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