Friday, 17 August 2018
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The sharp warning from the Association of School and College Leaders comes as A-level data reveals the decline in entries for arts subjects has doubled in speed since last year.

A-level music is “hanging on by [its] fingertips” in English state schools and colleges because institutions cannot afford to keep courses going, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has warned. A survey by ASCL of more than 400 school and college leaders across the country found that just under four in 10 (39%) have cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities for music A-level... read more
Friday, 17 August 2018

London galleries were hard hit last year, as school children admissions fell for the fourth consecutive year.

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Visits by children to English attractions fell by 7% last year, in a trend which Visit England said was “most likely due to security fears following the terror attacks”. A report from the tourism body said that the fall in child admissions was “heavily driven by sites in London and the South... read more
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Friday, 17 August 2018

Despite new artist workspaces opening in some areas, a quarter of sites are at risk of closure and studios are becoming more expensive.

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The overall number of artist workspaces in London is increasing, according to new research commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. While 39 artist workspaces closed between 2014 and 2017, 52 new sites were created. The research, conducted by architecture and urbanism practice We Made That, also... read more
Friday, 17 August 2018

Just one in ten of the arts organisations participating in Nesta’s matched crowdfunding programme said the effort they put into the project was too great in relation to the benefits.

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A higher public profile and new audiences are among the long-term benefits generated by crowdfunding campaigns, according to research by the innovation foundation Nesta. Following up with the 52 organisations that took part in its year-long ‘matched crowdfunding’ pilot that ended last year, Nesta... read more
Thursday, 16 August 2018

A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.

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The Government has called for a greater role for charities and communities in the delivery of public services.    A new Policy Paper, The Civil Society Strategy, says that while “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”, it can “help to bring together the resources,... read more
Friday, 10 August 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

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A new £2.5m research centre is to be set up to promote collaborative work on cultural value. The planned institution, which will be linked to a larger organisation, such as a university, is backed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Arts Council... read more
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Friday, 10 August 2018

Creative Scotland has announced details of a new Touring Fund offering organisations outside its Regular Funding portfolio the chance to make and tour new work.

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Chris Scott

A new £2m Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance has opened in Scotland, supporting artists, producers and companies to collaborate with venues, grow audiences and improve access to high quality work across Scotland. The Creative Scotland scheme has been drawn up in consultation with the Federation of... read more
Friday, 10 August 2018

Two reports commissioned by Arts Council England found that cost and lack of confidence are major barriers to youth engagement.

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Barriers relating to social class have been identified as key factors holding back young people from engaging with the arts. Cost and a lack of confidence were two of the most significant reasons given by young people for not engaging with arts and culture. Similar findings are reported in two... read more
Friday, 10 August 2018

New research is responding to employer demands for the apprenticeship system to be made more attractive to the creative industries.

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Changes to the apprenticeship system could make it more appealing to employers in the cultural sector, according to Creative & Cultural Skills and Creative Skillset, the industry-led skills bodies for the UK’s arts, culture and screen-based creative industries. “We have been told many times by... read more
Thursday, 09 August 2018

An open letter to the Charity Commission’s chair argues that charging charities is not “the best course of action or the right one in principle”.

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A former board member of the Charity Commission has warned the organisation against charging charities for regulation as a way of compensating for cuts to its government funding. The regulator’s annual budget, now about £20m, has been roughly halved in real terms over the past decade. In a blog... read more
Thursday, 09 August 2018

Three outer city venues around Leeds were found to have generated committed core audiences in areas perceived as barren.

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Cities should do more to harness the benefits that small arts organisations in unglamorous outer areas can bring to their cultural life, a new report argues. The authors say that “there is cultural activity taking place in non-city centre areas that are perceived to be barren, undesirable places to... read more
Friday, 03 August 2018

The House of Lords EU Committee says that multi-country, multi-entry visas allowing cultural workers to make short term visits between the UK and the EU would support touring when freedom of movement ends after Brexit.

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Visas that allow cultural workers to make multiple short-term visits between the UK and the European Union (EU) have been recommended in a House of Lords committee report as a way of supporting existing practices in the cultural sector after Brexit. The report, published last week, examines the... read more