On equal footing

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13 Jul 2020

The experience of running participatory work online has led Theatr Clwyd to rethink the whole concept of ‘reach’. Let’s use this moment to make the arts truly accessible to all says Gwennan Mair.

Welsh Culture and Race Taskforce launched

06 Jul 2020

The collective seeks to influence decision makers and put race at the forefront of the sector’s recovery, but the Arts Council of Wales says it won’t fund a group ‘set up to lobby us’.

Arts and health partners in a post-Covid world

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30 Jun 2020

Delivering arts and health services digitally can extend access for some, but others are excluded. Nesta Lloyd-Jones looks at the positive outcomes and future challenges brought about by the lockdown.

Announcement of reopening brings little cheer to music and theatre

Belfast's Grand Opera House
24 Jun 2020

Although museums and galleries in England and Scotland can prepare to reopen, the  performing arts remain in lockdown and fears grow for the future of venue-based organisations.

‘Equality, diversity and social justice’ must follow the crisis, says Arts Council

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20 May 2020

The sector is “on its knees”, the Arts Council of Wales tells a Senedd committee, and invites the arts community to contribute to plans for “lasting and systemic change” post-lockdown.

Digital delivery at the forefront of Wales’ drive to embed arts in schools

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24 Apr 2020

Funding for creativity has been renewed in the run-up to a new cross-disciplinary curriculum in Wales that will see Expressive Arts become a main pillar of the learning framework.

Covid-19: Funders reveal plans for the survival of the sector

02 Apr 2020

£11m for Scotland, £7m for Wales and £1m for Northern Ireland as their arts councils announce plans to support organisations and creative workers.

Arts Council of Wales: ‘Don’t tell us you’re underfunded’

03 Mar 2020

Welsh arts organisations have been told to model for a 10% funding cut amid the council’s drive to reach new audiences.

Wales’ new arts portfolio: expect unpopular decisions

A photo of a boy and a girl painting a small item
27 Feb 2020

Not everyone can be a winner in Arts Council of Wales’ drive to share the benefits of culture more widely, says Nick Capaldi.

‘No strategy or infrastructure’ for Welsh music

11 Feb 2020

There is a bigger audience for Welsh music than ever before, but a lack of long-term thinking means there aren’t venues, promoters and services to support artists.

New body to champion Welsh creative industries

06 Feb 2020

Creative Wales will initially focus on developing the country’s music, screen, digital and gaming industries.

EU funding worth £2.3m a year to Wales

06 Jan 2020

A report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales warns the figure is likely an underestimate as Brexit approaches.

Arts Councils won’t enforce minimum pay

08 Nov 2019

The Arts Council of Wales has said it won’t fund projects that don’t budget minimum pay rates for artists. We asked the other councils why they aren’t doing the same.

Arts Council of Wales signals bleak funding future

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08 Nov 2019

The funder has warned organisations seeking annual funding that they must demonstrate what they would deliver “should you receive a lower level of funding”.

How healthcare in Wales is embracing the arts

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17 Oct 2019

Dedicated arts and health co-ordinators, together with a commitment to measure impact, are pushing culture into the mainstream of the country’s health policy, writes Nesta Lloyd-Jones.

Arts Council of Wales sets minimum pay rates

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10 Oct 2019

The agency has said it will not fund applications that don’t commit to paying artists union minimum rates “at the very least”.

ACW promises to simplify Lottery grants process

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21 Jun 2019

The funder says it will raise the cap on small grants from £5,000 to £10,000 and consider raising the £30,000 cap on larger applications.

Access to entry-level roles

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23 May 2019

Many entry-level roles in the arts are taken by overqualified graduates, but a project in Wales is opening up opportunities to those most suited to them, says Sarah Mair Hughes.

Cardiff campaign to protect grassroots culture

A photo of a red brick building with graffiti
17 May 2019

Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.

Arts Council of Wales seeks ‘systemic change’ to embed the arts in healthcare

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10 May 2019

A new project will investigate new ideas for how the arts can play an “impactful and sustainable” role in health and wellbeing.

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