Alan Davey
Alan Davey was appointed Chief Executive of the Arts Council in November 2007.

Alan was Director for Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 2003 until December 2006, having previously worked in the department as Head of the Arts Division since 2001. In an earlier stint at the then Department of National Heritage he was responsible for designing the National Lottery.

He has been a visiting Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholar at the University of Maryland and has degrees from the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and London.

Alan is well known for his passionate interest in, and advocacy of, the arts, as well as for his unrivalled knowledge of public policy in this area.

Blog Entries by Alan Davey

Great Art for Everyone: Is There a Point? You Bet!

(6) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (00:00)

I got very cranky the other day at a piece on the BBC 'Today' programme where the presenter and one of his interviewees - who used to be involved in arts sponsorship in this country - were asserting that the arts were elitist, for a minority and, it implied, ever...

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Digital Exploration

(1) Comments | Posted 14 July 2012 | (01:00)

The BBC and the Arts Council were each founded by great visionaries of the 20th century. For the BBC it was John Reith, who set up the company in 1922, aiming to "educate, inform and entertain" the public by bringing "the best of everything into the greatest number of homes"....

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Building the Creative Workforce of the Future

(11) Comments | Posted 10 April 2012 | (01:00)

With over a million 16 to 24-year-olds in this country out of work, perhaps the responsibility to provide real employment opportunities for young people should fall upon areas of the economy with the greatest prospects for growth.

The creative and cultural industries is one such sector, contributing more than £36.3...

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Thinking Out Loud: FACTOR or X Factor?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2012 | (00:00)

Arts Council England funds all kinds of music, but one area where we haven't been seen as players is in pop music - however you define it.

The Arts Council actually has a long history of supporting a wide range of contemporary music, from our pioneering Contemporary Music Network...

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The Art of Science

(4) Comments | Posted 20 January 2012 | (00:00)

It was while listening to Professor Brian Cox on Desert Island Discs that it came to me.

Cox, megabrain, poster boy for the sexing up of science and once a member of synth band D:Ream, said that whenever he saw the prime minister he would ask: "how can we...

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Art in Uncertain Times

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (00:00)

Whenever there's a squeeze on both public and household spending - and that's certainly true today - there are always voices calling for the arts to be downgraded and discarded as 'nice to have'. It was true in the '80s and '90s here, and in the depression in 1930s America....

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