What do you want to ask ACE about the new 10 year strategy?

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25 Jul 2019

The Arts Council admits it should do more to promote everyday creativity, after a record of  “not always full throated” support.

Arts should be central to ‘UK Garden City’ scheme, report says

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24 Jul 2019

MPs have championed gardens as an artform and argue their contribution to the creative economy must be “explicitly recognised”.

Join the discussion on ACE’s new strategy

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23 Jul 2019

Over the coming weeks, ArtsProfessional will be putting your questions to Arts Council England on its new draft ten-year strategy. Here ACE’s Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor introduces one of the strategy’s three key outcomes.

‘Clear gender imbalances’ in coverage of creative sectors

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22 Jul 2019

New research finds that media representation of women in the creative industries is rising, but warns this could make the sector seem “more balanced than it really is”.

Inquiry into future of the National Lottery launched

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19 Jul 2019

The DCMS Committee will consider what help funding distributors need to manage “changing trends” in returns to good causes.

Head teachers partly to blame for drop in school arts provision, says Vaizey

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19 Jul 2019

The former Culture Minister says his party’s decision to “relentlessly” focus on STEM hurt music education – but also blames head teachers for not prioritising the arts.

WWI centenary commissions 'exceptionally successful' despite 'unfortunate' oversights, report says

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16 Jul 2019

A House of Commons Committee report into 14-18 NOW highlights major lessons to be learned in time for the UK's next national cultural event - the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Austerity is undermining children’s access to culture, finds research

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12 Jul 2019

An LSE researcher said children’s development is being thwarted by Government policy, but argued the situation could be improved if recent welfare cuts were reversed.

The real 'Brand Britain': can European grassroots touring survive?

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11 Jul 2019

What might a no-deal Brexit do to the independent grassroots networks that currently flourish across the continent, asks Martin Cox.

How can rural voices be heard?

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11 Jul 2019

With metropolitan bias prevailing at both a national and European level, the best hope for rural arts organisations lies in collaboration, argues Ralph Lister.

A world with walls: how Brexit could stifle the success of outdoor arts

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11 Jul 2019

The outdoor arts sector has experienced growth over the last decade, but could a no-deal Brexit put the brakes on this? Maggie Clarke and Irene Segura share their concerns.

Culture recognised in new Scottish planning bill

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05 Jul 2019

Grassroots music campaigners are celebrating amendments that place responsibility for managing noise issues on developers rather than venues.

Four ways the Durham Commission can create a lasting legacy

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04 Jul 2019

As the Commission gets ready to publish its recommendations on creativity and education, Joe Hallgarten puts forward four ideas he'd like to see included.

ACE proposes ‘relevance’ in new 10 year strategy

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28 Jun 2019

Arts Council England’s draft 10 year strategy says “we do not consider that certain types or scales of artistic activity are inherently of higher quality or value than others”.

Great Place scheme urged to scale down ambitions

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21 Jun 2019

A report into the pilot placemaking programme says beneficiaries “should review the ambition of their projects against practicalities”.

ACW promises to simplify Lottery grants process

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21 Jun 2019

The funder says it will raise the cap on small grants from £5,000 to £10,000 and consider raising the £30,000 cap on larger applications.

New scheme shines spotlight on NPOs’ carbon footprint

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21 Jun 2019

A three-year programme for high-profile, higher-polluting arts organisations aims to reduce their carbon emissions by up to 20%.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

Leeds University to run £2.5m Centre for Cultural Value

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14 Jun 2019

The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.

The data illusion

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14 Jun 2019

Funders are increasing their demands for data from arts organisations while only paying lip service to quality in their own statistics. It’s time to stop indulging them, says Jonathan Knott.

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