A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

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

Cultural entrepreneurship as an antidote

A highstreet scene with closed shops put up for let
12 Jan 2021

A plan to breathe artistic life into a historic bookshop aims to reverse a pattern of decline in Sunderland. Andrew Leach explains.

Legacy as a collective act

07 Jan 2021

How will Hull face the future following its triumph as UK City of Culture? Lee Corner and Stephen Munn reflect on the legacy of 2017 in a year of unprecedented turmoil.

Second round loans will be at least £1m each

17 Dec 2020

100 or fewer organisations will benefit from the next round of England's Culture Recovery Fund repayable finance.

Strategy to put Gloucester 'on the cultural map'

16 Dec 2020

Signature events, including a potential UK City of Culture bid, will "signal the cultural regeneration of Gloucester".

Testing isn't enough to bring audiences back, survey suggests

03 Dec 2020

Mandatory masks, social distancing and temperature tests make audiences feel more comfortable returning to venues - and on-the-spot testing won't change that.

Covid winter plan: indoor performance allowed in England's lower tiers

24 Nov 2020

A new, tougher system of local restrictions will allow theatres and other venues to reopen in theory. But the sector remains on a knife edge.

Neil Mendoza praises Government's emergency funding response

11 Nov 2020

The Cultural Recovery Commissioner advised organisations to "stop asking for stuff; tell us what you can do to help".

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

The Beatles statue in Liverpool
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

A photo of a man sleeping in a hammock
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?

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