Friday, 16 November 2018
The outside of London's National Theatre at night

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

The mismatch between current arts funding priorities and the public’s taste has been underlined in an evidence review of ‘Equality and Diversity within the Arts and Cultural Sector in England, 2013-16’. The review, carried out to inform Arts Council England’s (ACE) next ten-year strategy, presents a collection of evidence showing that engagement with culture in England remains sharply divided... read more
Friday, 09 November 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

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River Arts on Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

The Government plans to create a national academy of social prescribing to champion non-drug health treatments such as participation in the arts, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced. Speaking to health think tank the King’s Fund, Hancock said the organisation would be “a resource which GPs... read more
Friday, 16 November 2018

Arts Council England will employ nine people to each look after a region of England and provide advice and tailored digital support to organisations across the country.

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Attempts to improve digital capacities in the cultural sector are being given a boost through a new initiative that aims to develop the digital maturity of arts organisations across England. £1.1m will be invested by Arts Council England (ACE) over two years to establish a network of nine “expert... read more
Friday, 16 November 2018

After a difficult few years, sales are gradually recovering, with returns to the arts up 23% on the first half of last year.

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Funding for the arts through the National Lottery has continued its gradual recovery after years of turmoil, increasing by just under £30m in the first half of 2018/19 on the equivalent period last year. Total sales were up 5.4% to £3.5bn, according to the latest figures released by National... read more
Friday, 16 November 2018

Arts Council England says that if necessary, it will step in and insist on a change of leadership at its funded clients.

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Marta Demartini for Clore Leadership (2018)

A new network supporting good governance in cultural organisations has been launched, with the aims of championing, sharing and promoting best practice among arts sector boards. The Cultural Governance Alliance, unveiled this week by the Clore Leadership Programme, has created an online hub which... read more
Friday, 16 November 2018

The first piece of research from the AHRC-backed Policy and Evidence Centre says that creative attributes are a better predictor of growth than other transferable skills.

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Jobs requiring creative skills are the most likely to grow over the next decade, research has found. An analysis of job advertisements over the past five years predicts that roles that demand ‘creativity’ have the highest chance of increasing their share of the workforce by 2030. By contrast, jobs... read more
Friday, 16 November 2018

An acclaimed headteacher said that ringfenced funding for arts subjects will amount to ‘throwing money down the hole’ unless schools are also encouraged to value wider curriculums.

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The head of a primary school acclaimed for the way it has used the arts to transform its results has called for a shakeup of the way school performance is measured, to incentivise broader curriculums. Naveed Idrees, Headteacher of Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford, told MPs on the DCMS... read more
Friday, 09 November 2018

The news that Oldham Council has decided to drop its support for a new Oldham Coliseum Theatre comes as the theatre’s long-serving Artistic Director announces he is leaving this month to go freelance.

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Major doubts have been thrown over Oldham Coliseum’s move to a new £27m venue in the centre of the town after the local authority decided it would pull back from the project in order to spend funds more “wisely”. The plans had secured a £7.1m Arts Council England (ACE) grant in 2016. Both the... read more
Friday, 09 November 2018

Tate, the British Museum and Imperial War Museums have all recently completed drives to gain support for large-scale capital work, but economic changes also played a part in the decline.

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Income from fundraising at the 15 museums in England that receive direct funding from DCMS has fallen to its lowest level since 2014, government figures reveal. The majority of this trend can be explained by the timing of major capital fundraising campaigns, but some of the drop has also been put... read more
Friday, 09 November 2018

The lack of a marketing strategy in the first few years of the programme and the diminishing dominance of YouTube led to underwhelming take up of the multi-channel Canvas network.

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Visual Hunt

The vast majority of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) rejected Arts Council England (ACE)’s £1.8m YouTube network, Canvas, an evaluation of the programme has found. Even after the model was revised following lower than anticipated take-up in the first year, only 13% of ACE NPOs had signed up... read more
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Friday, 09 November 2018

A new report calls for £200m investment and a national reading movement to improve the UK’s mental health, wellbeing and social mobility.

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Reading can be a radical solution to the “great challenges of our time” presented by loneliness, mental health, dementia and an ongoing attainment gap affecting the country’s most deprived children, a new report claims. Calls for the UK Government to invest £200m in setting up reading groups and... read more
Friday, 09 November 2018

Lotte Wakeham has set out her vision for the theatre, which includes “tonnes of participatory work” as the venue undergoes a major capital redevelopment.

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Jonathan Keenan Photography

Octagon Theatre Bolton has chosen a new Artistic Director to take creative control of the organisation as it undergoes a multi-million-pound renovation, due to be completed by Spring 2020. Lotte Wakeham, who is currently wrapping up a one-year role as Associate Artistic Director of Scarborough’s... read more