City of Culture must be more than an arts festival, MPs told

An art installation depicting poppies at Hull Maritime Museum
13 Jul 2018

In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.

Meet the Fundraising Regulator – another public champion that doesn’t care about you

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21 Jun 2018

No one in need should put any faith in this toothless ‘regulator’, which has just spent two years squirming out of its responsibility to regulate, writes Christy Romer.

A coastline for cultural tourists

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14 Jun 2018

Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.

UK City of Culture 2021 appoints Chenine Bhathena as Creative Director

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27 Apr 2018

Bhathena, who joins from the Greater London Authority, has pledged to reach all communities across Coventry, not just regular arts attenders.

A successful move

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05 Apr 2018

Open House arts festival took a risk when it moved from Belfast to Bangor in Northern Ireland, but one that is paying off now that it’s making a difference again. Colette Fahy tells the story.

The art of changing lives

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29 Mar 2018

The success of Hull’s year as City of Culture proves the arts have the power to transform lives. Martin Green says it’s time for policy makers to recognise that they are integral to a healthy, happy society.

New cultural venues for Bradford and Blackpool

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29 Mar 2018

The Government’s £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to three major capital projects in the North of England.

A different regeneration story in Bradford

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28 Mar 2018

Cultural regeneration in London has seen local communities priced out of their homes, but an arts organisation in Bradford is determined to prove it can work to the benefit of local people and businesses. Bernard Ginns explains how.

Loans to become increasingly important for arts organisations

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23 Mar 2018

A new Nesta report finds demand for ‘repayable finance’ is growing as the arts sector looks to increase its earned income.

Salisbury arts, theatre and music organisations merge

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23 Mar 2018

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival will be known as Wiltshire Creative and receive an annual £1.3m from Arts Council England.

London boroughs funded to develop Creative Enterprise Zones

Street Art in London
21 Mar 2018

£500k is being shared by eleven shortlisted boroughs to develop plans to support artists and creative businesses in their areas.

Boost for London culture in Mayor’s £24m regeneration drive

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09 Mar 2018

East London Dance and Urban Development will use the funding to create the UK’s first National Talent House for Urban Culture.

A win-win competition

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22 Feb 2018

The UK City of Culture competition brings great benefits – to the losers as well as the winners – but as more cities, towns and even villages express interest, Andrew Dixon asks if changes are needed.

Theatres Trust launches £300k building improvement scheme

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16 Feb 2018

A collaboration with the Wolfson Foundation will see theatres of all sizes eligible for up to £20k in funding this year to make their buildings more accessible.

The problem with competitive placemaking

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18 Jan 2018

Collaborative placemaking initiatives could be a much quicker route to regenerating coastal towns than waiting to win the city of culture crown, says Jason Jones-Hall.

London to get ten ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’ in £5m scheme

Photo of street art
15 Dec 2017

Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.

London car park reborn as cultural working space

Car park in Peckham Levels
15 Dec 2017

Seven levels of Peckham’s multi-storey municipal car park have been converted into a mixture of new artist studios, co-working spaces and restaurants.

Coventry crowned UK City of Culture 2021

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08 Dec 2017

The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull.

Nottingham unveils roadmap to ‘reimagine the city’ with culture

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24 Oct 2017

As Nottingham submits its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023, a city-wide plan to integrate culture into education and healthcare has been published.

Hull ensures UK City of Culture legacy with £250m investment

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29 Sep 2017

An additional £1m will help the organisation delivering Hull 2017 establish itself as an independent company and continue to provide cultural programmes after the year of festivities ends.

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