Arts attendance in Northern Ireland falls by a quarter as cuts bite

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08 Feb 2019

Annually Funded Organisations are suffering “damage to long-term sustainability”, having slashed marketing budgets in the face of core funding cuts of almost 40% over three years.

Politicians polarise in their opinions of Arts Council England

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17 Jan 2019

Labour politicians are increasingly positive about the Arts Council’s work, while sentiment among Conservatives has moved in the opposite direction.

An artist's life

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17 Jan 2019

What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham and Paula Serafini spent two years looking beneath the surface.

Removing structural inequalities

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17 Jan 2019

Barriers to collaboration between universities and black and minority ethnic community organisations could be removed says Katherine Dunleavy, whose research points to a positive way forward.

ACE research finds ‘deeply rooted’ transparency concerns

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11 Jan 2019

Interviews with arts sector stakeholders also reveal that Arts Council England is seen as overly bureaucratic, and the Grantium funding portal continues to complicate grant applications.

Universities challenge call for fewer creative arts degrees

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11 Jan 2019

Claims by the Onward thinktank that young people should be steered away from “low value” degrees because they leave taxpayers to foot the bill for their studies are "simplistic", say university bosses.

Open to opportunities

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10 Jan 2019

Sharing information openly supports innovation and helps build resilience for the good of the whole sector, argues Cimeon Ellerton.

Class influences career entry but not career progression, research finds

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21 Dec 2018

Over 70% of respondents working in music, the visual arts or museums/heritage come from households where the main income earner worked in a professional or senior managerial occupation.

Cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy

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30 Nov 2018

The economic output from the cultural sector is now just under £30bn, having grown by 7.3% in one year.

Capturing the essence

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22 Nov 2018

When invited to carry out a creative evaluation of the first three years of Creative People and Places, Sarah Butler decided that the best approach was to have fun.

Jobs demanding ‘creativity’ most likely to grow in next decade, research finds

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16 Nov 2018

The first piece of research from the AHRC-backed Policy and Evidence Centre says that creative attributes are a better predictor of growth than other transferable skills.

Book review: What Matters?

13 Nov 2018

James Doeser dissects the convictions underpinning Meyrick et al’s contempt for proliferating attempts to measure and quantify the value of the arts. 

Government plans social prescribing academy

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09 Nov 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

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19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

The consistency illusion

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27 Sep 2018

The arts are important because they matter to us, and any attempts to further justify them lead to an impoverished and less human life, says Carter Gillies.

Cultural attendance on the rise in Scotland

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24 Sep 2018

More than nine in ten adults either attended a cultural event or place, or participated in a cultural activity in 2017.

Academics and arts sector join forces in £80m creative clusters scheme

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13 Sep 2018

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will also support a new Policy and Evidence Centre, aiming to improve decision-making in the creative industries.

Measuring the difference you make

13 Sep 2018

Arts organisations are under growing pressure to demonstrate social impact. Emma Taylor-Collins explains how they can gain robust, high quality evidence to measure their success.

Tackling class discrimination

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30 Aug 2018

By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

Audience Agency opens up huge dataset

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24 Aug 2018

“The largest set of aggregated data on cultural engagement anywhere in the world” is being made available for academic researchers.

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