Wednesday, 16 October 2019
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The ACE and Durham University collaboration says that prioritising exam technique over deep understanding is “far from ideal for government, regulators, heads, teachers or parents”.

The Durham Commission has called for an England-wide network of hubs to help schools nurture their students’ creativity, potentially supported by funding from businesses. A report from the two-year research collaboration between Arts Council England (ACE) and Durham University calls for a national network of “Creativity Collaboratives”, in which “schools collaborate in establishing and... read more
Friday, 04 October 2019

New figures from the Department for Education show the number of arts, media and publishing apprentices has fallen by a third since 2015 – but the data doesn’t tell the full story.

Participation in creative apprenticeships has fallen by a third over the past three years, data released by the Department for Education (DfE) shows. There were 1,830 apprentices in arts, media and publishing in the 2017/18 year, according to the department’s figures, down 32% from a high of 2,700... read more
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Joint venture aims to 'supercharge' UK arts lobbying and business development 

Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation have jointly announced they will merge, with Creative England's CEO becoming responsible for the day-to-day business management of the new organisation.  The Creative Industries Federation (CIF), which advocates on behalf of the UK’s creative... read more
Monday, 21 October 2019

Arts Minister Helen Whately said the proposed scheme risked detracting from the success of existing initiatives such as City of Culture.

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The government has rejected a call by MPs to create a ‘UK Garden City’ scheme to promote garden tourism. The DCMS Committee had recommended that the department should scope out such an initiative, comparable to the existing City of Culture scheme, with a view to launching the first competition... read more
Thursday, 17 October 2019

The Government’s “biggest ever single investment in cultural infrastructure” will pay for building maintenance in musuems, technology for libraries and regeneration projects.

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Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a new £250m Culture Investment Fund, calling it “the biggest ever single investment in cultural infrastructure, local museums and neighbourhood libraries” in England. The fund comprises four separate allocations: £7m for Coventry and the UK City of... read more
Thursday, 17 October 2019

Consulting communities is not the same as allowing them to make decisions, attendees at the recent Theatres Trust conference heard.

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Theatres need to “lose control” of decision-making to communities rather than simply consulting them, attendees at a recent conference heard. Speakers at the Theatres Trust’s 2019 conference Centre Stage said that informed decision-making from communities on how arts spaces are designed and used... read more
Thursday, 17 October 2019

All eleven advisors of the London drama school have quit in protest at Central St Martins' decision to halt admissions for two well-regarded courses, claiming there is a “sense of hostility” from administrators.

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The entire advisory council of the drama school at London’s Central St Martins (CSM) College has resigned, fearful that administrators plan to reduce the quality of provision for two successful courses. CSM, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, has suspended admissions for... read more
Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The concert venue is the first in the UK to commit to the target, which it describes as “ambitious but absolutely realistic”.

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Colston Hall has become the first UK concert hall to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, outpacing the rate of change being aimed for by many other major arts organisations. Bristol Music Trust (BMT), which manages the venue, says the target is “ambitious but absolutely realistic”. Chief... read more
Friday, 11 October 2019

Deputy Leader Tom Watson says his party would compel the Lottery operator to release ticket sales data to address the unequal distribution of funding.


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Labour would compel the release of National Lottery ticket sales data to provide “transparency” and encourage fairer distribution of money for good causes like the arts if elected, Deputy Leader Tom Watson says.  The party also says it wants to consult on introducing “new mechanisms to better... read more
Thursday, 10 October 2019

New analysis of employment and productivity in the creative industries concludes “it is unlikely that the rest of the UK would catch up” with London in less than 20 years, “even with an ambitious and effective set of policies”.

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Employment in the UK’s creative industries outside of South East England would have to grow five-fold over the next 20 years to match the economic clout of London’s creative sector, according to a new report. Research by the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) also found that... read more
Thursday, 10 October 2019

A festival left with a £30,000 deficit after Waltham Forest’s decision claims the authority is “seeking to justify a refusal to pay compensation”.


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A festival offered £35,000 to contribute to the London Borough of Culture claims the council responsible is “seeking to justify a refusal to pay compensation” after its explanation for withdrawing the offer changed. Waltham Forest Council’s position is that HighTide Festival did not meet the... read more
Thursday, 10 October 2019

The agency has said it will not fund applications that don’t commit to paying artists union minimum rates “at the very least”.

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Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has introduced minimum pay rates for artists, saying it will not fund applications that don’t commit to meeting pay levels recommended by unions and professional associations. The rates will apply to applicants seeking National Lottery grants of all sizes, new funding... read more