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Anastasia Tilston explains how a new community-led company in Chester is making space for artists in the city centre, with pop-up galleries stepping in to revive the declining retail offer.
Major museums are attracting less than 10% of the visitors they normally would - and paying through the nose to do so.
Last year was a positive one for the UK’s attractions. But with tourism scuppered and a fast fall in visitor numbers, the British public’s patronage is crucial.
Future arts funding depends on National Lottery returns rapidly increasing when a Government cash injection expires next year.
The tourism sector talks of aviation and inbound tourism as a way forward for rural areas, but could the cultural sector offer a route that is more in tune with the challenges of our time? Fiona Wotton examines the issues.
Several museums and galleries have recorded their highest visitor numbers in a decade – leading DCMS to claim it was a “record breaking year for museums and galleries in England”.
There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.
A report says the organisation is confusing the distinct aims of attracting investment and developing broader influence.
The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.
A new survey finds that one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.
New figures indicate the reversal of a three-year pattern of declining visitor numbers at English institutions – and new hope for more employment in the sector.
Total visits to attractions in the UK were up 8.7% on the previous year, driven in large part by regional success and the so-called “Dippy effect”.
Arts Council England attributes the majority of the unprecedented 16.6 million fall to a drop in exhibition visitor numbers, but has declined to give details of how it arrived at these figures.
London galleries were hard hit last year, as school children admissions fell for the fourth consecutive year.
The country’s culture was ranked second globally, remaining behind the US and ahead of France and Germany.
In an evidence session examining the success of Hull 2017, the DCMS Committee has heard differing views on how the City of Culture scheme should evolve.
Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.
Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.
Museums and galleries are urged to regularly extend opening hours and put on after-hours events, which are estimated to be worth an annual £9.6m in ticket sales.
The threat of terrorism is thought to have contributed to falling visitor numbers at some of London’s leading museums and galleries, although the V&A bucked the trend with record figures.