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15 Feb 2018 Opinion

How much longer will the UK government support the arts? Andrew Pinnock fears all signs point to it adopting a much more commercial approach in the future.

England’s national portfolio organisations (NPOs) make great art at a loss. They sell it to audiences for less than it costs to produce or they give it away free. This is deliberate and from some points of view desirable: subsidy keeps production standards up, and by lowering or removing price barriers it makes great art more accessible.

Charity registration – a ‘Condition of Association’ with the original Arts Council, rarely relaxed even now – enables NPOs to raise money from other... more

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Production shot - two actors with nets 15 Feb 2018 Opinion

Has panto become culturally inappropriate, racist even? Oh yes it has, calls out Daniel York.

15 Feb 2018 Opinion

Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.

Photo of interior of shop 14 Feb 2018 Case study

Three years ago Bristol’s museum and gallery shops were running without a plan and losing money, but now they are on track to increase revenue by 60%. Zak Mensah tells the story.

Photo of two women looking at a diagram 12 Feb 2018 Case study

Artists deserve support to conduct research and development as much as any other valued professional. Lauren Healey explains how a scheme for emerging filmmakers is having a lasting impact.

Photo of arts event in a pub 08 Feb 2018 Feature

It’s not enough for urban arts companies to tour to rural areas - we need to support more rurally based organisations, argues Ralph Lister.

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Photo of outdoor musical event in a wood 08 Feb 2018 Feature

Is it possible that our impression of rural touring is outdated and even cynical? Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre reveal how wide-ranging it is and who the audiences are.

Photo of a theatre elephant & actors 08 Feb 2018 Feature

New research found audiences in rural Lincolnshire are hungry for culturally diverse theatre and dance, but the provision isn’t there. Arya Madhavan and Sreenath Nair explore the issues.

Photo of actress with hands in the air 08 Feb 2018 Case study

When Clod Ensemble decided to work on a completely different scale and tour a one-woman show to rural Scotland, it was faced with a creative challenge. Roxanne Peak-Payne tells the story.

Production shot - man at table holding a knife 08 Feb 2018 Case study

Rural touring can be exhausting and unpredictable, but the key to making it a rewarding, rich experience is finding the right people to work with, says Jack McNamara