A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

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

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.

And they’re off…

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01 Nov 2019

How many of us working in the arts are keeping quiet about how we really feel, asks Amanda Parker.

Olympic Park cultural quarter already £14m over budget

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01 Nov 2019

Auditors warned that urgent action was needed to avert overspending and delays to the project before planning permission for four key buildings was granted in June. LLDC says it is still in the process of addressing these concerns.

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”.

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