Final White Paper discussion begins

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13 Jan 2016

The online public discussion set to inform the White Paper on culture has reached its fourth and final stage, focusing on the reach of UK culture internationally.

Arts to play a role in ‘cohesive community’ agenda

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26 Nov 2015

A ten-year strategy for the arts in Northern Ireland is being considered under a new consultation launched by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Ethical fundraising

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26 Nov 2015

Poor fundraising tactics have brought shame on the sector, says Michelle Wright. Change is needed, but is a new regulator really the way to go?

Fears of arts cuts dispelled in Spending Review

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25 Nov 2015

Arts funding will be protected from cuts as Chancellor George Osborne declares culture one of the “best investments we can make”.

White Paper discussion turns to engagement

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18 Nov 2015

The third public online discussion to shape the upcoming White Paper on culture has been launched, but engagement in previous discussions has been limited.

Call for export regulation overhaul as Rembrandt sale goes ahead

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12 Nov 2015

The Art Fund has had to call off its campaign to save Rembrandt’s portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet as the seller has withdrawn its application for export, but is proceeding with its sale.

Fear for arts education as EBacc set to become compulsory

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06 Nov 2015

A consultation is inviting views on the roll-out of the English Baccalaureate as the default for all GCSE pupils.

Work closely with the arts, London Mayor tells developers

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29 Oct 2015

A new guide aims to help councils, developers and planners integrate culture into the capital’s developments.

Creative industries strategy mirrors economic agenda

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23 Oct 2015

The Scottish arts sector is being consulted on a new ‘Creative Industries Strategy’ that will determine priorities for the next two years.

Edinburgh council prepares to overhaul arts funding

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22 Oct 2015

More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.

Local investment for local engagement

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20 Oct 2015

Want society to reap the health benefits of arts engagement? Stop directing so much funding to major organisations – these outcomes will only ever be a secondary objective for them, argues Peter Stark.

Researchers quantify the intrinsic value of culture

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16 Oct 2015

Economic valuation techniques could be key to proving the value of the arts and unlocking more funding, researchers suggest. 

The right man for the job

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01 Oct 2015

Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley talks to Liz Hill about arts funding, placemaking, education… and transparency.

Deeper commitment to festivals and events in Scotland

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18 Sep 2015

A new tourism-based strategy aims to grow Scotland’s domestic and international reputation by investing in the development of the events industry.

Social capital in practice

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10 Sep 2015

Has East Sussex County Council achieved the unachievable? Sally Staples reveals how, through a social capital study of De La Warr Pavilion, it unearthed a way to describe the intangible value culture.

Going it alone

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10 Sep 2015

Dorset's local authority arts service has just made the complex transition to a public service mutual. Lindsay Harrod shares the issues they faced and the benefits they are now reaping.

White Paper to set agenda for future of the arts

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04 Sep 2015

A series of open, online discussions will soon allow the public to feed into the new White Paper which will be published in late 2015 or early 2016.

Gift Aid: speak now or forever...

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24 Aug 2015

Unless arts organisations make their voices heard in the Government's Gift Aid consultation, the sector could shortly be facing a whole new set of challenges, says Philip Spedding.

Loans could ease pressure at touring companies

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13 Aug 2015

The UK’s arts councils are being urged to seek permission to use government funds to provide short-term loans.

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