Thursday, 13 June 2019
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Less Lottery money was available for the arts in 2018/19, despite sales increasing by £255m.

Good causes like the arts received £39.6m less from The National Lottery in the last financial year, despite a multi-million pound jump in game sales. Returns for the year to 31 March show Camelot generated about £1.65bn for ‘good causes’ – a fund which is later distributed to arts, heritage, sports and other charitable projects – about £600,000 less than in the 2017/18 financial year. And the... read more
Monday, 17 June 2019

The funder says it will raise the cap on small grants from £5,000 to £10,000 and consider raising the £30,000 cap on larger applications.

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Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has pledged to undertake a “root and branch review” of its current National Lottery funding application process following what it describes as a “comprehensive public consultation exercise” on the future of Lottery funding for the arts in Wales. The pledge to “simplify... read more
Friday, 14 June 2019

The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.

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A new £2.5m cultural research hub is to be based at the University of Leeds, AP can exclusively reveal. The Centre for Cultural Value (CCV) is backed by £2m worth of funding over the next five years from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Arts Council England (ACE) and the Paul Hamlyn... read more
Thursday, 13 June 2019

A new partnership hopes to bring disabled and non-disabled musicians together to create accessible instruments and remove barriers to participation.

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Becky Morris Knight/Drake Music

A programme for inventing music technologies to support disabled artists relaunched this week, aiming to create a culture where “nothing is impossible”. Over the past decade, national arts charity Drake Music’s DMLab has developed innovative instruments including a 3D-printed design that turns... read more
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

A model that asked people how much they would pay to save museums and cathedrals from closure can and should be applied more broadly, the charity argues.

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The Government should formally assess the public value created by all large culture and heritage projects, according to a new report from Nesta. The innovation charity says techniques to for measuring the value created by culture are underdeveloped and undervalued when compared to those for valuing... read more
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

The Milton Keynes venue says new plans to build 79 houses nearby present a “real threat” to its future.

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The Stables

An arts venue in Milton Keynes is facing a renewed threat from a nearby housing development just months after a decision by the council’s planning department had appeared to resolve the situation. Music venue The Stables has said that a new planning application by Abbey Homes presents “a real... read more
Friday, 07 June 2019

Cultural leaders have expressed dismay that Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the UK’s economic imbalances did not make more specific references to the arts and culture.

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An independent inquiry has called for the UK’s cultural and creative sectors to be geographically rebalanced, after identifying a “very strong London bias” in the provision of culture. The report says the imbalance reflects the current distribution of institutions and facilities, including “the... read more
Friday, 07 June 2019

Analysis of a decade's worth of data finds that regularly engaging with cultural activities is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline.

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Regularly visiting museums is associated with a lower likelihood of developing dementia, according to new research from University College London (UCL). Analysis of a decade’s worth of data from 4,000 people aged over 52 found that in a given year up to ten out of every thousand who never visited... read more
Friday, 07 June 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has called for greater clarity in the way the Department presents statistics, after investigating concerns raised by ArtsProfessional and others.

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The UK Statistics Authority has challenged the Department for Education (DfE) over its presentation of official statistics, urging it to do more to ensure it accurately represents figures relating to school funding and other aspects of education. In separate letters sent to DfE Permanent Secretary... read more
Friday, 07 June 2019

Arts Council England’s Deputy Director has reassured those concerned about its new strategy that they should “be clear that the Royal Opera House is as important as Creative People and Places”.

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Arts Council England’s (ACE) plans to make culture more widely accessible have prompted alarm within the organisation, with some expressing concern that its new strategy would compromise artistic quality and tip the funder’s existing approach “entirely on its head”. The issue came to a head in... read more
Friday, 07 June 2019

Almost half the shows in a touring film and theatre festival have been cancelled at short notice following lacklustre ticket sales and failures to secure public funding.

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Mark Piggot Photography

Pop-up venue the Rotunda Theatre told ticketholders and supporters this week that shows for its touring Nomad Festival, which were due to begin in London’s Greenwich on Friday, and in Newhaven in East Sussex from 20 June, will not go ahead. Festival organiser Ross Ericson planned to provide about £... read more
Friday, 07 June 2019

The Impact Investment Institute will help people ‘combine financial returns with a social purpose’, potentially boosting funding for the arts.

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DCMS is to launch a new institute to encourage people to choose pensions and savings plans that benefit issues they care about, according to information released this week. But sector experts have suggested that the value of the Impact Investing Initiative to the arts could be limited, because... read more