Cultural districts not fulfilling potential for social impact, report finds

23 Sep 2019

A study concludes there is “considerable potential for enhancement” in how cultural districts across the world make a difference to people’s lives.

‘Cathedrals of culture’ competition mooted by City of Culture founder 

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19 Sep 2019

Phil Redmond said partnerships between rural areas and their historic religious buildings could help make both relevant and culturally sustainable.

London’s Olympia to become ‘world-leading cultural hub’

17 Sep 2019

A £1bn redevelopment of the events centre is expected to create a “substantial increase in both the quantity of arts and cultural activity that could be accommodated, and the quality of that activity”.

Labour could bring in tourist tax, says Tom Watson

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12 Sep 2019

The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.

ACE funds ‘sustainable future’ for Bristol’s Arnolfini

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09 Sep 2019

A £1.8 million commitment to the troubled gallery reflects its “vital importance” to reinvigorating contemporary and visual art in the city, the funder says.

£10m ‘Hat District’ takes shape in Luton

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02 Sep 2019

The revamped Hat Factory Arts Centre will form part of a ‘creative cluster’ that aims to create jobs and attract 100,000 new visitors to the town.

What we’ve learned moving from London to Essex

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29 Aug 2019

Relocating Kinetika’s work in carnival, outdoor and participatory arts to rapidly-changing Thurrock has allowed the company to renew its purpose and increase its impact, says Ali Pretty.

Arts should be central to ‘UK Garden City’ scheme, report says

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24 Jul 2019

MPs have championed gardens as an artform and argue their contribution to the creative economy must be “explicitly recognised”.

Three comments that reveal Tristram Hunt’s approach to cultural inclusion

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05 Jul 2019

The V&A Director warned against getting “too romantic about what Stratford was like before the Olympics”.

Tristram Hunt ‘not interested’ in V&A prayer room

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27 Jun 2019

The V&A Director is unconvinced by arguments for a dedicated prayer room in V&A East.

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.

Leeds University to run £2.5m Centre for Cultural Value

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14 Jun 2019

The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Weaving a rich tapestry

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12 Jun 2019

Kirklees in West Yorkshire has a vision for local development rooted firmly in its historic links to the textile and music industries, says Kath Davies.

UK must correct ‘very strong London bias’ in cultural provision, says report

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07 Jun 2019

Cultural leaders have expressed dismay that Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the UK’s economic imbalances did not make more specific references to the arts and culture.

Rediscovering a role for artists

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30 May 2019

A series of informal surgeries for creative artists in Salford uncovered widespread disillusionment, says Steve Slater - as well as suggesting new ways foward.

Cardiff campaign to protect grassroots culture

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17 May 2019

Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.

Capital project expertise ‘not exploited’ across the arts

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26 Apr 2019

A new report urges Arts Council England to raise the profile of the successful capital projects it funds and take better advantage of the knowledge gained during the developments.

Cities urged to ‘humanise their buildings’ to help music thrive

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04 Apr 2019

A new report says music can have a powerful impact on the economy and people’s wellbeing, provided places develop the right infrastructure to support it. 

Mapping London's cultural riches

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28 Mar 2019

City Hall has launched an interactive online map capturing details of the capital’s cultural spaces - from theatres and studios to pubs and creative workspaces. Justine Simons explains how it will support local planners and creative workers.

London Mayor releases seven-point plan to protect cultural infrastructure

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22 Mar 2019

A new toolkit includes guidance of what to do if cultural businesses are at risk of closure, and how to repurpose buildings for cultural use. 

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