A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

Hundreds of arts organisations rejected for emergency funding

13 Oct 2020

Nearly 1400 arts organisations “woke up to good news” as £257m of Culture Recovery Fund awards were announced, but those who missed out stand a slim chance of survival. 

Turning Chester into a City of Art

30 Sep 2020

Anastasia Tilston explains how a new community-led company in Chester is making space for artists in the city centre, with pop-up galleries stepping in to revive the declining retail offer.    

Covid will affect future lottery funding, experts warn

27 Aug 2020

The National Lottery faces major challenges as more charities clamour for support.

No sector is suffering more than the arts, figures show

27 Aug 2020

New ONS data lays bare the critical state of the arts and entertainment sectors. Yet these organisations are supporting their employees better than most.

Planning reform could put arts venues at risk

19 Aug 2020

An 84-page plan to overhaul the system makes no mention of protecting arts and cultural venues.

'Suggestions, Oliver?' Government pivots back to allowing indoor performance

14 Aug 2020

The arts sector's lukewarm reaction underlines most venues' inability to reopen with socially distanced audiences.

'Cultural contract' to be condition of Welsh emergency funding

13 Aug 2020

The Welsh Government will require organisations to commit to fair pay rates, but has not responded to calls for a universal basic income for creatives.

'Heritage is more than Downton Abbey': RSA and British Council call for 'radical' shake-up of sector

07 Aug 2020

Heritage can grow the UK's post-Covid economy - but only if it starts "telling the stories of more diverse parts of Britain".

Lottery money to be spread further and thinner

23 Jul 2020

After a four-month closure, Arts Council England has reopened its project grants programme to more people and organisations than ever before.

Manchester seeks £71.8m to ‘safeguard and stimulate’ culture

16 Jul 2020

Efforts by Manchester and the West Midlands to secure extra money highlight fears that rescue funding will be directed towards London.

Cultural infrastructure doesn’t deserve to be the poor relation

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13 Apr 2020

Investment in soft power assets can deliver huge financial returns – and could be the catalyst for redressing regional economic and cultural imbalances. Ian Wray shares the evidence and suggests how.

My vision for a radical artist-led hotel

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13 Feb 2020

We need bold new cultural infrastructures to tackle entrenched inequality in the arts, says Amahra Spence. Can a new project combine business nous with social justice?

Birmingham must embrace its Heavy Metal heritage

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13 Feb 2020

Regeneration is all very well – but it is only through celebrating its authentic working class culture that the city can discover a beating heart and soul, says Lisa Meyer.

Culture fuels the Northern Powerhouse, so let’s hear it from Northern writers

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06 Feb 2020

The North leads the way in using culture to connect people with their past, present, and future. So why does publishing remain so London-centric, asks Katy Shaw.

Edinburgh concert hall plans scuppered by legal challenge

03 Feb 2020

Delays and cost overruns to the £45m project are likely as it downsizes to avoid a long and expensive legal battle.

Please don’t turn our libraries into trendy arts hubs

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30 Jan 2020

ACE is right to focus on libraries in its new strategy, says Hassan Vawda – but it must put communities at the heart of its plans to revive them.

City of Culture ‘changed Hull’s image for the better’

28 Nov 2019

An evaluation says the programme brought “profound but somewhat fragile” changes to Hull’s economy, community and cultural sector.

Cultural partnerships to lead high streets regeneration

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26 Nov 2019

Historic England envisages the community-led scheme will become a “catalyst for wider regeneration” in a similar way to Creative People and Places.

Saving our living heritage for the future

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18 Nov 2019

Patricia Lovett makes the case for protecting and promoting historical crafts – an industry larger than British textiles.

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