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

A photo of a large stately home
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

A photo of a York Minster cathedral at night
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

A photo of the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield
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.

Government rejects ‘UK Garden City’ calls

A photo of a large glasshouse and lawn
21 Oct 2019

Arts Minister Helen Whately said the proposed scheme risked detracting from the success of existing initiatives such as City of Culture.

£250m funding boost for culture

Photo of National Railway Museum, York
17 Oct 2019

The Government’s “biggest ever single investment in cultural infrastructure” will pay for building maintenance in musuems, technology for libraries and regeneration projects.

How healthcare in Wales is embracing the arts

A close up photo of an older woman
17 Oct 2019

Dedicated arts and health co-ordinators, together with a commitment to measure impact, are pushing culture into the mainstream of the country’s health policy, writes Nesta Lloyd-Jones.

Durham Commission calls for national network of creativity hubs

A photo of a young person's hands drawing
16 Oct 2019

The ACE and Durham University collaboration says that prioritising exam technique over deep understanding is “far from ideal for government, regulators, heads, teachers or parents”.

A sticking plaster policy

14 Oct 2019

Before praising the Culture Secretary for “responding so positively” to the financial crisis facing the cultural sector, Arts Council England would do well to take a step back and review its own evidence, says Liz Hill.

Labour proposes ‘transparency’ in National Lottery distribution

11 Oct 2019

Deputy Leader Tom Watson says his party would compel the Lottery operator to release ticket sales data to address the unequal distribution of funding.

North/South divide widens in creative industries employment

Photo of London West End
10 Oct 2019

New analysis of employment and productivity in the creative industries concludes “it is unlikely that the rest of the UK would catch up” with London in less than 20 years, “even with an ambitious and effective set of policies”.

Arts Council of Wales sets minimum pay rates

Photo of musical performance
10 Oct 2019

The agency has said it will not fund applications that don’t commit to paying artists union minimum rates “at the very least”.

Innately innovative ways of thinking

10 Oct 2019

Truly embracing neurodiversity means being open to a wider spectrum of mindsets as well as setting targets, says Paula Graham-Gazzard.

A strategy for self-preservation

03 Oct 2019

Arts Council England’s draft ten-year strategy aims to ensure its own bureaucratic survival and reveals the thinking of an organisation that imagines it is in charge. It is not a strategy for the cultural organisations it is meant to serve, says Robert Hewison

Creativity key as EU faces 'turning point', report says

02 Oct 2019

The rise of populism, rejection from investors, a volatile labour market, climate change, digitisation and "economic crisis recovery": a new study surveys the threats and opportunities facing Europe's creative and cultural sectors.

ACE urged to declare climate emergency as RSC severs BP ties

02 Oct 2019

Protesters say the funder’s draft strategy “neither addresses the urgency of the climate and ecological emergency, nor grasps the chance to trumpet boldly the pivotal role arts and culture play in bringing about societal changes”.

The big debate: Do rural arts organisations need more funding?

Rural Media working on a commercial project
25 Sep 2019

People working in and with rural arts organisations share their views on the sector’s future.

Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to merge

25 Sep 2019

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

Heritage key to creative industries’ success, report claims

24 Sep 2019

The Heritage Alliance is calling for greater recognition and funding to support the historic places and objects that underpin creative and cultural activities, challenging the stereotype of heritage as “a decorative incidental backdrop to contemporary creative work”.

Scotland consults on tourist tax

A photograph of colourful houses on a street in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2019

There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.

Pages

Subscribe to Policy