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. 

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.

Culture-led regeneration must involve communities, says report

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15 Mar 2019

The Local Government Association research concludes that a shared vision is essential to realising the positive social and economic benefits that can be achieved through cultural interventions in the public realm.  

Research to focus on creativity in towns

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15 Mar 2019

A new project, expected to publish findings by the autumn, will assess cultural funding, infrastructure and participation in towns across England.

Gulbenkian moves into final phase of civic arts project

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08 Mar 2019

The funder aims to develop partnerships with policy makers, funders and arts organisations to achieve a “lasting and systemic” impact.

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.

A major blind spot

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14 Feb 2019

Very few theatres were built with today's sustainability standards in mind. The sector needs to face up to the financial and environmental costs of running old buildings, warns Tom Stickland.

Mayor launches trust to support affordable artist workspaces

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08 Feb 2019

The Creative Land Trust, backed by seed funding of £4m from City Hall and £2m from Arts Council England, will seek additional finance from property developers and ask London councils to safeguard affordable workspaces.

Taking creativity to new heights

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07 Feb 2019

Once forced to migrate through lack of opportunities, artists in the Scottish Highlands are now coming together to experiment and collaborate in the region's first creative hub, writes Audrey Carlin.

Looking beyond the obvious

03 Jan 2019

It is right to celebrate those local authorities committed to funding culture, but long-term sustainability may depend on developing entirely new approaches, argues Gary Topp.

£11m allocated to London’s ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’

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21 Dec 2018

Six zones across seven boroughs have been provided with funding to develop links between artists, local people and small creative businesses.

New life for Eastbourne’s oldest theatre

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15 Nov 2018

Pulling a community venue back from the brink needs vision, commitment and cost-effective solutions for tackling commercial challenges. The Royal Hippodrome Theatre has harnessed all three, writes Claire Boot.

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