Friday, 17 January 2020

ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey reveals widespread fears of being labelled pro-Brexit and evidence of Brexit views affecting artistic and funding decisions.

Arts workers are too scared to share potentially unpopular opinions about Brexit, with many in the sector considering a pro-Brexit stance akin to “career suicide”. And some have even faced threats or sanctions for expressing their views. Early analysis of responses to ArtsProfessional’s recent Freedom of Expression survey shows that certain political positions – and Brexit in particular – are... read more
Monday, 27 January 2020

Two West Yorkshire schools decided to put the arts at the heart of their curriculum. They found different challenges – but had similar successes.

Specialist teachers, dedicated arts spaces and partnerships with local and national arts organisations are key to creating a successful “arts-rich” school, according to a social change organisation. The Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) identified 46 “art-rich” British schools... read more
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Monday, 27 January 2020

Children, young people and libraries are central to the funder’s ambitions to enable everyone to benefit from creative and cultural opportunities.

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ACE. 'We're here because we're here' (Sheffield) produced by Birmingham REP and National Theatre.

Arts Council England (ACE) plans to increase its investment in libraries over the next decade to help tackle “historic imbalances” in cultural funding. In ACE’s new 10 year strategy published today, the only specific financial commitment in its 79 pages is the pledge to boost library spending. ACE... read more
Thursday, 23 January 2020

New research warns the glut of young people wanting careers in arts and culture will likely cause “downward pressure on wages and conditions in these sectors”.

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Many young people who want to work in the arts are “destined for disappointment” because of the low number of jobs available, according to new research. A 7000-person survey released by national charity Education and Employers on Wednesday found nearly five times as many 17 and 18 year olds want to... read more
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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Research on NPOs’ environmental impact shows a shared commitment to sustainability - but the hard data suggests little has changed.

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Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) produced enough carbon emissions to power more than 19,000 homes last year, according to environmental monitoring data. Research released last week indicates that average emissions per NPO have changed little since last year despite... read more
Thursday, 23 January 2020

Circus is booming, but EU research says the sector is “severely lacking knowledge” about funding opportunities.

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DirkJan Ranzijn International Circus Photography

Circus organisations across Europe have doubled in number over the past two decades while “not taking full advantage of the funding opportunities that are available”, according to a new report from the European Commission. A survey of more than 270 circus organisations found that in 2018, more than... read more
Thursday, 23 January 2020

The town is divided over plans for a joint arts centre and council headquarters as the bill rises to £53.7m. But without it, campaigners say local arts organisations could “cease to exist”.

Campaigners for a new arts centre in Falkirk are celebrating “a stay of execution” after their council voted to continue considering the project. Councillors agreed last week to increase the budget for the combined arts centre and council headquarters from £45m to £53.7m but expressed concern about... read more
Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Tax relief for venues and EU touring visas are also on the table, DCMS Minister Nigel Adams confirmed.

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Chris McAndrew

DCMS Minister Nigel Adams has said there is a “need to consider introducing a comprehensive music strategy” for the UK. Speaking at a House of Commons debate on the contribution of music to the country’s economy and society on Tuesday, Adams also said he is investigating business rates relief and... read more
Thursday, 16 January 2020

The department is refusing to comment on widespread rumours it will be downsized or disbanded in February.

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Carlos Delgado

DCMS has declined to comment on rumours that it will lose oversight of digital and telecommunications policy from next month. Sources with knowledge of parliamentary and government business believe it is likely the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will assume responsibility for these... read more
Thursday, 16 January 2020

There is “an urgent need” for funders and arts organisations to develop more culturally appropriate approaches, says a new report.

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British South Asian communities are missing out on a decade’s worth of advances in the field of arts and dementia, according to new research. The study by theatre company Spare Tyre, The Baring Foundation and researcher Elizabeth Lynch found these services were not generally culturally appropriate... read more
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Monday, 13 January 2020

Councillors have supported the venue’s ongoing battle to protect itself against complaints from a planned residential development. But as legal costs mount, Abbey Homes has not ruled out appealing the decision.

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Milton Keynes music venue The Stables has fought off a third attempt by a property developer to sidestep a requirement to inform future residents of the area about the potential for late night noise. Abbey Homes had argued the condition placed on it by Milton Keynes Council – a Deed of Easement... read more
Monday, 13 January 2020

The Creative People and Places scheme is helping develop a new generation of progressive arts leaders, according to research.

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Wendy Wei

Cultural organisations need to embrace a “multiplying” style of leadership to break through the sector’s inertia on diversity, says the author of a new report. Mark Robinson’s research into leadership across Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places (CPP) audience development scheme... read more