13 Apr 2021 Feature

Employers in arts, culture and heritage face hard choices about what to invest in and how to effectively plan for the long term, writes Michelle Wright.

Against the backdrop of redundancies across the UK, the Office of National Statistics is reporting that under 25s made up nearly two thirds of the drop in paid employment since February 2020. This is more than 415,000 people. 

We’re waiting for the Government’s Kickstart scheme, which will offer 16 to 24-year-olds routes into paid employment at little cost to employers, to take effect. It’s a difficult time for young people wanting to take their first steps into the creative... more

13 Apr 2021 Feature

Amanda Huxtable reflects on how racial trauma has shaped leadership within the cultural sector, taking on the responsibility for change that institutions have long avoided.

13 Apr 2021 Feature

James Clutton says supporters have stood by cultural organisations through the toughest of times. They deserve transparency, care and as much opportunity to engage as possible.

13 Apr 2021 Feature

Ryan Dawson Laight had to costume virtual productions from recycled garments, self-printed fabric and actors’ own wardrobes. Here he shares how he’s adapted and flexed his skills for these testing times. 

13 Apr 2021 Feature

A new cross-continent cultural leadership programme provides a unique opportunity for artists and creative professionals to collaborate. Sophina Jagot tells the story.

Revoluton picture of people carrying cooured umbrellas in front of building with mural 'We stand up for Luton' 08 Apr 2021 Feature

Cultural organisations can play a key role in creating thriving places for people to live, work and visit, but only if they reach out to creative partners beyond the local ‘culture club’. Penny Mills, Anne Torreggiani and Patrick Towell explain how.

Kamiah, Nuradean and Santos - Vent at Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture 08 Apr 2021 Feature

Lois Stonock planned the London Borough of Culture 2020 to respond to Brexit. Then Brent became home to one of the UK’s first coronavirus fatalities.

Eden Court's Empire Theatre as Humanitarian Aid Centre - one of the winners of the inaugural Award for Civic Arts Organisations 07 Apr 2021 Feature

What does it mean to have a civic role in challenging times? Andrew Barnett and Deborah Bull discuss.

Swindon’s cultural facilities 07 Apr 2021 Feature

Swindon's new Cultural Quarter - an £80m development by Swindon Council - will be the first thing visitors see when they step off the train. Sam Rackham explains why it will be worth every penny.

Mary Woolf artist with boundary line sign 07 Apr 2021 Feature

Public art can connect us to the places, landscapes and buildings where we live. Lindsey Hebden explains what that means in practice for young people in the Lakes and Dales.

31 Mar 2021 Feature

Auditorium formats that worked well between lockdowns aren’t the answer to achieving full houses as restrictions are lifted. Urgent adaptations are needed to maximise capacity – and revenues – says Robin Cantrill-Fenwick.

31 Mar 2021 Feature

The distribution of Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund has attracted widespread criticism, not least from those campaigning for greater diversity. Kevin Osborne calls for urgent action.

31 Mar 2021 Feature

The combined effect of Covid and Brexit will make significant dents in the financial viability of the orchestral sector, in spite of Government support so far. Mark Pemberton considers the challenges ahead. 

31 Mar 2021 Feature

Ava Hunt and Roger Wooster explore whether applied theatre has a future in a post-Covid world.

31 Mar 2021 Feature

Caitlin Warfield writes that the future of culture and business in urban centres depends on their ability to work together.

Screenshot from Festival UK* 2022 promotional video 24 Mar 2021 Feature

Writer-in-residence Francesca Millican-Slater reflects on the Festival's intensive R&D period - an experiment, she believes, in how tendering could be developed.