Museums tackling loneliness

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01 Sep 2021

In rural areas such as Cornwall, the pandemic has exacerbated loneliness, with vulnerable people losing their sense of community. Emmie Kell thinks museums can be part of the solution.

59% of local authorities report budget increase

Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery
26 Aug 2021

English councils cite the ongoing recovery from Covid-19 as driving both increases and decreases in their budgets.

A ‘big hug’ in isolated places

People sitting in a garden watching a speaker socially distanced
19 May 2021

Rural touring has never been more innovative than it was in 2020. Holly Lombardo asks what comes next for a sector that fulfils exactly what funders are asking for?

Why lockdown works for rural arts

Clayhill Arts building. A converted barn in a rural landscape with hay bales in the foreground
10 Nov 2020

Deborah and Michael Parkes say lockdown presents challenges to budding rural artists. It also gives them an abundance of two things they once lacked – connectivity and time.

Local venues could be key to keeping audiences engaged

Back to Blackbrick
22 May 2020

Rural touring could win back audiences first, as confidence in village hall venues is higher than for other types of auditorium, research finds.

Rural touring schemes suffer heavy burden from cancelled performances

Empty stage with a period backdrop with the word 'Pennygaff' in the background and a chair in the foreground with a 'closed' sign on top
17 Apr 2020

The number of event cancellations at small rural venues is placing “an immense personal toll” on those who programme professional artists and companies in community settings.

When your audience is also part of the crew

A photo of a village hall with tables of people sitting down
12 Mar 2020

Working with rural communities to stage small-scale performances is good for the arts, the environment and local people, writes Sophie Motley.

A tale of two regions? Engaging arts audiences in the West Midlands

A photo of band performing on a brightly lit stage
13 Feb 2020

Striking differences between urban and rural areas make a strong case for a dual regional policy, argue Anne Torreggiani and Zoe Papiernik-Bloor.

Celebrating local excellence

07 Nov 2019

We spend too much time trying to learn lessons from cities and apply them in other places, argues Brendan Keaney. It’s time to recognise that creative powerhouses can come in all shapes and sizes – and not always where you might expect.

Job ladder: John Laidlaw

A Live & Local performance
23 Sep 2019

The Executive Director of Live & Local recalls a career trajectory that has taken him through Butlins, an old bingo venue and many, many village halls.

Your questions answered on ACE's new strategy

A choir performing out the front of the Fitzwilliam Museum
16 Sep 2019

Arts Council England’s policy leads respond to questions on its plans for the next ten years.

10 tips for making collaborative leadership work

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12 Sep 2019

An approach that prioritises trust, values and flexibility has helped museums in Cornwall share knowledge and expertise across a dispersed rural network, writes Emmie Kell.

Five years left for rural arts?

A photo of a dance performance in a hall
05 Sep 2019

England’s rural arts leaders have serious concerns about the future of their organisations and are calling for more support – whether through Arts Council funding, partnerships with city-based venues or organisational development schemes.

How we doubled attendance at the UK’s most northerly arts centre

29 Aug 2019

By working in partnership and refusing to patronise audiences, Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness has attracted record numbers, says Charlotte Mountford.

What we’ve learned moving from London to Essex

Carnival dancers parading through Tilbury, Thurrock adorned in brightly coloured garments accented with a keyboard pattern
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.

How can rural voices be heard?

A photo of Magnitudini by Michela Paoloni
11 Jul 2019

With metropolitan bias prevailing at both a national and European level, the best hope for rural arts organisations lies in collaboration, argues Ralph Lister.

Rural areas suffer from ACE funding bias

A photo of a sculpture surrounded by green fields
10 May 2019

An evidence review by Arts Council England suggests a reduction in London funding “should naturally lead to greater potential for funding rural organisations”.

Funders join forces with business to support culture in Cornwall

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01 Mar 2019

A new three-year Memorandum of Understanding pledges to promote inclusive growth and defend Cornish cultural distinctiveness.

The devil's in the distance

Photo of an actress portraying a child, crying out
13 Dec 2018

The opportunities for very young children to experience the arts in rural Devon are few, as well as inconvenient and expensive. How can less culturally engaged families enjoy live performances, asks Amy Bere.

Lords told of lack of support for rural arts

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28 Sep 2018

A Select Committee on the rural economy will report back next year on the sorts of interventions needed to support local amenities and tackle deprivation.

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