Government should formally measure the value of culture, says Nesta

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12 Jun 2019

A model that asked people how much they would pay to save museums and cathedrals from closure can and should be applied more broadly, the charity argues.

Flourishing cultural eco-systems

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12 Jun 2019

Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson reflect on their recent research into cultural ecology and suggest what the future of progressive place-based policy and practice could look like.

Silence speaks volumes

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12 Jun 2019

The economic value of our creative industries is clear. But it's not so clear that they're a priority for candidates wanting to become the UK's next Prime Minister, says Claudia Burger.

UK must correct ‘very strong London bias’ in cultural provision, says report

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07 Jun 2019

Cultural leaders have expressed dismay that Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the UK’s economic imbalances did not make more specific references to the arts and culture.

Fears within ACE over ‘dumbing down’ art

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07 Jun 2019

Arts Council England’s Deputy Director has reassured those concerned about its new strategy that they should “be clear that the Royal Opera House is as important as Creative People and Places”.

‘More exploration’ needed into whether DCMS investment hub can aid the arts

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07 Jun 2019

The Impact Investment Institute will help people ‘combine financial returns with a social purpose’, potentially boosting funding for the arts.

Case builds for ‘commercial justification’ of the arts

31 May 2019

As a Government spending review approaches, Arts Council England and the Creative Industries Federation have joined forces to put forward an unashamedly economic case for funding culture.

Rediscovering a role for artists

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30 May 2019

A series of informal surgeries for creative artists in Salford uncovered widespread disillusionment, says Steve Slater - as well as suggesting new ways foward.

Russell Group scraps A Level subject guidance

24 May 2019

The move by the elite university group has led to renewed calls to reconsider the controversial EBacc performance measure.

Grassroots venues face discrimination on business rates, says UK Music

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24 May 2019

The industry body says 124 venues would save more than £4,000 each a year if they were offered the same discounts as pubs and bars.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

Change education policy to save arts in schools, say MPs

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17 May 2019

A new report demands a “clear explanation” from DCMS and the Department for Education on why they have dismissed evidence about the declining provision and take-up of creative subjects.

Artist studio complex opens in south London Enterprise Zone

17 May 2019

Workspaces for more than 100 artists and an Enterprise Hub supporting creative entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the newly opened Creative Enterprise Zone for Deptford and New Cross.

Book review: Persistent Creativity

15 May 2019

Peter Campbell's sceptical critique of the 'creativity agenda' makes for fascinating - if at times uncomfortable - reading, says Andrew Garrad.

ACE pledges £1.5m to grassroots music venues

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10 May 2019

Previously criticised as “too posh for pop”, Arts Council England has voiced support for genres including rock and hip-hop.

Arts Council of Wales seeks ‘systemic change’ to embed the arts in healthcare

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10 May 2019

A new project will investigate new ideas for how the arts can play an “impactful and sustainable” role in health and wellbeing.

Rural areas suffer from ACE funding bias

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10 May 2019

An evidence review by Arts Council England suggests a reduction in London funding “should naturally lead to greater potential for funding rural organisations”.

British Council to use arts projects in peace-building

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09 May 2019

New research has found academic evidence of the power of culture to draw communities together.

Is it time for quotas?

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09 May 2019

Having recently announced that South East Dance is to produce an all-female dance programme, Cath James discusses the complex issue of gender quotas.

A 'nearly good news' story

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09 May 2019

Christine Hamilton considers how much has changed since the publication of her report on women in the Scottish arts sector three years ago, and what still needs to be done.

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