The feelgood factor: making flagship programmes work

A photo of an Asian women with a suitcase, a Black service man and two white women on their phones sitting on a bench in a station
27 Jun 2019

Artistic excellence and effective governance are key to the success of major public cultural programmes, writes Nigel Hinds.

Shining a light on local culture

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27 Jun 2019

The LightNight festival initially aimed to showcase Liverpool's artists to outsiders - but it is now more concerned with galvanising the local cultural scene, writes Laura Marie Brown.

Southbank Creative Director warns of 'cultural apartheid' risk

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26 Jun 2019

Madani Younis said "institutions that have historically not given a shit are saying 'we’re going to start caring'", but called for a faster pace of change.

ACE denies statistics are misleading as regulator demands more clarity

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03 May 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has endorsed AP’s challenge to Arts Council England over the reporting of audience numbers in its latest annual review.

A seat at the table

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24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

Lessons in leadership from an interim Chief Executive

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23 Apr 2019

What is it like to lead a large and complex organisation? Having just spent some time as an interim chief executive, Matthew Brown reveals what he’s learnt. 

‘Town of culture’ competition to engage Greater Manchester

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29 Mar 2019

The pledge to set up the programme is part of the region’s first ever cultural strategy, which will run for five years until 2024.

Art is ‘the elixir’ to teach humane lessons, MPs hear

29 Mar 2019

The DCMS committee heard there had been no press coverage challenging the expenditure of £50m on arts activities to commemorate the First World War.

Artists must ‘tell the truth’ about the climate emergency

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21 Mar 2019

Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre Wales are among the organisations calling for a creative response to the looming ecological crisis.

Making community arts work

Portrait – people and places of the First Art area by David Severn and Kajal Nisha Patel
21 Mar 2019

What makes socially engaged and participatory arts projects successful? Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken talked to artists, commissioners and participants to find out.

Public art by popular demand

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21 Mar 2019

A recent survey found that four in five Londoners would contribute at least £2 towards public art in their local area. Marine Tanguy and Vishal Kumar explore the potential role of citizens in new commissions.

A breath of fresh air

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21 Feb 2019

The port town of Felixstowe proved an ideal setting for exploring less cerebral ways of engaging with contemporary art, writes Natalie Pace.

35 million people reached by WW1 centenary arts programme

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07 Dec 2018

14-18 NOW’s five-year programme included projects in 220 locations across the UK, and was mostly accessible to the public for free. 

Arts Council sparks controversy with ‘practical guide’ to cultural democracy

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21 Sep 2018

Calls for unity have been made following comments accusing Arts Council England of appropriating a radical movement and likening the national funder to Nigel Farage playing the sitar at WOMAD festival.

A new look city

09 Jun 2016

Turning the city of Belfast into a gallery has captured residents’ imaginations and changed the way they view their home.

Light, sound and conversation

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19 May 2016

An interactive light and sound installation recently connected neighbours in a former coal mining area. Debbi Lander explains how.

Public art activity recovers to 2011 levels

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29 Apr 2016

Private sector money linked to public sector policy is giving a boost to employment in public art and the number and value of projects being completed. 

How to… be an art technician

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11 Dec 2015

When you look at a painting in a gallery, do you ever wonder how it got there? David Gosling explains how to stay cool and focused whilst moving priceless pieces of art.

Manifesto to promote the value of public art

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20 Nov 2015

Artists and arts professionals have upped their campaign for art to be central to placemaking by producing a new manifesto.

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