Friday, 14 December 2018
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The new qualification will be available from 2022/23, offering students who do not want to take A Levels a choice between pathways in craft, production and cultural heritage.

More details have been revealed about the content of the new Creative and Design T Level, one of a series of qualifications planned by the Government to improve technical education in the UK. This T Level, which is the most relevant to the arts sector, will be split into three distinct ‘pathways’, focusing on craft, production and cultural heritage. Its content will be shaped by boards of... read more
Friday, 14 December 2018

In real terms, institutions sponsored by DCMS have increased their income by over a quarter in the past decade, despite a 19% reduction in direct funding.

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Grants from central government form a much smaller proportion of the income of national cultural institutions than they did ten years ago, government figures reveal. The trend is down to an ongoing squeeze on DCMS grant-in-aid alongside large increases in income from other sources such as ticket... read more
Friday, 14 December 2018

A new culture strategy outlines plans to increase access to the arts and ensure London is renowned for its culture internationally.  

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has made a plea for all schools in the capital to adopt his collection of free lesson plans, resources and access to culture events to “bring lessons to life”. He says that a wider take up of the London Curriculum, developed in partnership with over 80 cultural organisations... read more
Friday, 14 December 2018

Research aims to increase understanding of the hidden challenges facing disabled artists and musicians when recording, performing and applying for funding.

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Attitude is Everything

Charity Attitude is Everything (AIE) has announced plans to create a “comprehensive artist network” connecting people with access requirements to fundraising and showcasing opportunities, in a bid to support talent development and build “a more accessible music industry”.  The work will be informed... read more
Friday, 14 December 2018

Leading industry figures will be linked with schools and colleges to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the sector.

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The Government has backed a major new education programme that aims to support millions of young people considering a career in the creative industries by linking schools and colleges with creative industry figures. £2m of public money and £12m in-kind industry support has been allocated to the... read more
Friday, 14 December 2018

As Tate Modern's latest art installation starts to melt away, AP's Jonathan Knott reflects on how art can play a role in tackling environmental challenges.

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On Tuesday morning, people gathered outside London’s Tate Modern to view the latest art installation there. As with many of the gallery’s crowd-pulling shows, there were plenty of selfies and group photos. There was also a lot of physical contact: caressing, prodding and even gently kicking the... read more
Friday, 07 December 2018

Arts Council England has guaranteed funding at the same level for the venue, which says the financial strain of maintaining a rep company took the organisation “towards a tipping point from which we now need to step back”.

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Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse has dropped out of Arts Council England (ACE)’s National Portfolio for the 2018-22 period, after a failed experiment with a repertory company of actors pushed it into serious financial trouble.  A spokesperson for the theatre said the model – essential to its... read more
Friday, 07 December 2018

Digital Minister Margot James’s comments to a parliamentary inquiry are in marked contrast to previous comments from Government ministers.

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A senior Government Minister has for the first time pointed to the controversial EBacc education policy as one of the causes of a decline in music in schools. Speaking to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) inquiry on live music, Digital Minister Margot James told MPs the... read more
Friday, 07 December 2018

Lack of career progression among women in the cultural sector is the overwhelming contributor to the significant gender pay gap revealed in initial findings from the 2018 ArtsPay survey.

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The gender pay gap in the arts is showing no signs of abating, with women being only half as likely as men to reach senior roles by their mid-30s, and on average earning less than men as their careers progress. Figures drawn from ArtsProfessional's 2018 online survey of pay and earnings reveal that... read more
Friday, 07 December 2018

A new paper says that it is only by ‘rebalancing’ cultural funding from arts councils to local groups that cultural democracy can be achieved.

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Responsibility for distributing lottery funding should be taken away from the UK’s arts councils and “returned to the people”, campaigners have urged. The Movement for Cultural Democracy is calling for local groups to be given control over how the money raised through the National Lottery for ‘Good... read more
Friday, 07 December 2018

14-18 NOW’s five-year programme included projects in 220 locations across the UK, and was mostly accessible to the public for free. 

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Wingnut films, 14-18 NOW

35 million people in the UK were reached during five years of cultural activity to mark the centenary of the First World War, an evaluation has found. 125 projects were commissioned by 14-18 NOW, a government-backed arts organisation based at the Imperial War Museum London, including artistic work... read more
Friday, 07 December 2018

New research finds 80% of creative businesses expect to grow in the next three years, but urges further support from the Government to ensure barriers such as Brexit and a lack of funding can be overcome.

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Traditional measures of growth are unsuitable for the creative industries – widely recognised as one of the most successful parts of the UK economy – a new report has warned. A survey of more than 1,000 creative businesses, grant-funded organisations and freelancers by the Creative Industries... read more