Reading up on dementia

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01 Nov 2018

In Wales, people living with dementia, and their carers, are being offered fiction as well as self-help books to help them manage the condition, explains Debbie Hicks.

The art market

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04 Oct 2018

Jo Marsh and Sarah Featherstone explain how relocating Wrexham’s art gallery to a market and parking complex has helped make the arts a part of people’s everyday lives.

Arts Council of Wales to introduce workforce diversity targets

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14 Sep 2018

At the heart of its new 5-year Corporate Plan is a commitment to ensuring diversity among those it funds, and to improving the financial resilience of both arts organisations and individual artists.

Wales urged to overhaul international arts promotion

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12 Sep 2018

A British Council Wales report says that “small adjustments to the current system will not yield the necessary major changes”.

Making learning messy

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12 Jul 2018

A training programme in Wales is helping teachers create environments of "constructive chaos" that their pupils can thrive in, reports David Baxter.

Driving growth with the cloud

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28 Jun 2018

Since moving its box office system to the cloud, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has increased online sales and started taking online donations, says Paul McGuinness.

Making German connections

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06 Jun 2018

Keen to maintain a connection between Wales and Germany after Brexit, British Council Wales organised a week-long performing arts festival in Dresden. Rebecca Gould tells the story.

Welsh lottery failure brings arts grants programme to an end

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11 May 2018

Plans to distribute £5m to good causes have been frustrated by the collapse of Loteri Cymru, which failed to attract sufficient lottery players.

Government must tackle arts fundraising challenges, AMs say

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29 Mar 2018

Welsh Assembly members have concluded that a fundraising skills deficit is holding back attempts to reduce arts organisations’ reliance on public funding. 

Arts Council of Wales to deepen links between NHS and arts

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23 Mar 2018

The national funder will look into appointing arts and health coordinators to each of Wales’ health boards to help broker links.

Why Wales needs to catch up

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22 Feb 2018

The arts sector has a duty to challenge social injustice and promote equality and diversity, but Wales is getting left behind, warns Abdul Shayek.

Two-year funding for Welsh arts portfolio “looks likely”

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17 Nov 2017

The Welsh Government has guaranteed the Arts Council of Wales funding for two years for the first time in a bid to provide “certainty and stability”.

A role for every volunteer

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09 Nov 2017

Arts organisations in Wales are becoming more imaginative with the types of volunteer opportunities they offer, from online volunteering to time-banking schemes, reveals Gareth Coles.

Wales considers nationwide collaborative funding bids

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27 Oct 2017

The Arts Council of Wales is keen to help the sector attract funding from trusts and foundations to increase resilience.

Arts Council and NHS join forces to support creativity in Wales

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06 Oct 2017

The two organisations have signed a three-year agreement to work together to raise awareness about the health benefits of arts participation.

Welsh arts leaders call for national arts advocacy campaign

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06 Oct 2017

A ‘brand Wales’ campaign would raise the profile of culture and help the sector raise more non-public funds, the Welsh Assembly has been told.

Welsh Assembly bids to reduce arts sector’s reliance on funding

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16 Aug 2017

A government inquiry is examining how arts organisations in Wales can increase earned income, philanthropy and investment.

Survey exposes “systemic issues” facing theatre directors in Wales

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04 Aug 2017

Just 12% of respondents to a survey by SDUK had directed on a main stage in the country.

Damning review of Welsh literature agency slammed by Arts Council

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14 Jul 2017

Literature Wales was stunned by the review, which recommended stripping the body of its main responsibilities and handing them over to the government-sponsored Books Council.

Welsh Government expands anti-poverty arts programme

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14 Jul 2017

A successful pilot of the ‘Fusion’ programme is credited with engaging nearly 5,000 people across Wales since its launch in 2015.

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