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.

Bidding for funding in partnership

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13 Jul 2017

When the six counties in the north of Wales suddenly found themselves in competition with one another for funding, they decided to form a regional partnership and work together. Gwenno Eleri Jones tells the story.

Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Arts at the heart of learning

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01 Jun 2017

Wales is two years into an ambitious national initiative to improve education outcomes by embedding creative approaches to learning in schools. Nick Capaldi reports on progress so far.

A success story for dance

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01 Jun 2017

A European Union-funded dance project won ‘success story’ status from a panel of experts for its impact, creative approach and the inspiration it gave others. Carole Blade tells the story.

Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise

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21 Apr 2017

A new survey will inform how the Arts Council of Wales encourages the arts sector to make a greater contribution to health and wellbeing.

£1m kick-starts National Endowment for Music in Wales

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17 Feb 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

Arts Council of Wales grilled over spending decision

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10 Feb 2017

ACW Chief Executive Nick Capaldi said he was “saddened” by the apparent clash with Arts&Business Cymru over its funding model.

‘Make music education part of school inspections’, Welsh committee told

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27 Jan 2017

Constrained local authority funding stops talented children progressing and Wales should consider delivering music services centrally, arts leaders have said.

Wales must ring-fence music education funding, committee told

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18 Jan 2017

A government committee has been warned that a crisis is facing music in Wales and new ideas are essential.

Wales pledges to establish Creative England parallel

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16 Dec 2016

The new body will be worth £40m a year to the Welsh economy and sustain 850 jobs, the Minister responsible for Culture has claimed.

English and Welsh universities join forces to boost cultural economy

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25 Nov 2016

Universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter will explore new collaborative ways of working with cultural organisations.

Arts Council of Wales set for 3.5% funding increase

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21 Oct 2016

The Welsh Government’s draft budget also includes funding for a feasibility study for a national art gallery.

If I were 22: Karen MacKinnon

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18 Oct 2016

Expand your horizons with travel and remember that every job requires a good listener: advice for 22 year olds from Artes Mundi Director Karen MacKinnon.

Articulating quality

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13 Oct 2016

Rhian Hutchings tells the story of how ArtWorks Cymru came to develop a set of quality principles for the participatory arts in Wales. 

Wales sets out quality principles for participatory work

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26 Aug 2016

A new online resource aims to help arts practitioners develop a better understanding of the measures that improve the experience of participants.

Arts Council of Wales consults on new approach to diversity

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05 Aug 2016

A new Strategic Equality Action Plan has been drawn up after researchers found that some aspects of the arts in Wales are becoming less diverse.

Wales doubles reach of scheme to embed arts in schools

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22 Jul 2016

Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble are one of the ‘Creative Agents’ collaborating with schools in a scheme that aims to reach a third of Welsh schools by 2020.

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