BBC Learning Zone is to screen a series of programmes about Working in the Arts starting January 13 from 5am to 6am on BBC2. Using interviews with people working in the arts the series provides information about potential career paths and qualifications and concludes with an overview of future prospects for the arts and those working in the sector. w: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/lzone/working
The National Art Collections Fund, a leading art charity which celebrates its centenary this year, has launched a new pack aimed at museums and galleries. It includes comprehensive information about how to secure financial assistance from the Art Fund towards acquisitions, and how to make short notice applications for funding to acquire works at auction. t: 020 7225 4836 w: http://www.artfund.org
A resource pack created for primary schools to encourage children to create their own exhibitions in the classroom has been re-launched by the Campaign for Museums. ?Museums in the Classroom? is available in print and on the web. Ten awards will be made for the most interesting projects submitted by children. w: http://www.campaignformuseums.org.uk
Braille Transcription UK has launched a new website giving details of how organisations can arrange for their print to be transcribed into Braille. w: http://www.brailletranscriptionuk.co.uk; t: 01782 289710
A review of youth theatre in Scotland, commissioned from Bonnar Keenlyside by Scottish Arts Council has concluded that youth theatre provides a positive activity which reflects national strategic priorities for young people. Contact Angela Hogg
t: 0131 240 2467.
Arts About Manchester is compiling a database of individuals and organisations who would like to receive information about audio described performances/touch tours in Greater Manchester?s theatres, museums and galleries. Information is available in various formats. t: 0161 238 4500; e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban design issues are the focus of a new publication from Southern and South East Arts?. The publication features the successful Art at the Centre initiative and suggests good practice approaches. w: http://www.arts.org.uk/ssea/artatthecentre
London?s first community touring network has been launched and is seeking to work with companies who are planning tours 2003. East Thames Touring will subsidise local communities in South and East London to host shows from a varied selection of live performances. e: email@example.com
A review of the Year of the Artist is included in the new issue of Cultural Trends, published by the Policy Studies Institute. Kevin Stephens assesses its success in achieving its aims, its operation in different regions and its contribution to the development of artists residencies. t: 020 7468 0468 e: firstname.lastname@example.org; w: http://www.psi.org.uk
The Arts and Humanities Research Board has joined the Research Councils' Business Plan Competition, which has previously been open only to researchers in engineering, science and the social sciences. The aim of the competition is to find UK-based researchers whose work offers strong commercial opportunities but who need help in establishing a business plan and becoming successful entrepreneurs. Applicants must submit a one-page outline of their business idea by January 31.
w: http://www.research councils.ac.uk/businessplan.