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Arts Council Funding 2014 Will Damage Local Arts Venues

Laura Maw | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura Maw

Arts funding is essential in keeping art accessible and affordable for everyone. It is essential in providing young people safe spaces in their communities. It is essential in providing economic and cultural assets to towns. It is essential in ensuring our cultural climate is diverse, fresh and exciting. Art should not be dull or inaccessible and enjoying art should not be expensive - and without sufficient funding, it will inevitably become these things.

How Creative Spoken Word and Music Projects Are Helping the UK's Literacy Issues

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

This month however, I attended one such event that seemed to have ticked all the right boxes to actually make a difference. Fusing the mediums of spoken word and poetry set against a backdrop of Turner paintings, Late at Tate Britain, housed a captivating poetry event as part of National Storytelling Week 14th anniversary.

What Are the Arts For?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Margaret Heffernan

Many in the business world trivialize the arts as an optional extra. They think of the arts as 'soft' and tiptoe around artists they imagine to be fragile, weak or prima donnas. But they've got it all wrong. Successful artists are the most tough-minded people I know, able to contain and manage uncertainty, risk and experiment.

Tom Morris and His Testing Times at the Bristol Old Vic

Jason Holmes | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Morris is adamant that Britain is in what he calls 'a really weird state of extraordinary creative health'. 'The cultural centre is healthy and has enormous capacity to grow,' he says, 'but we have all sorts of old-fashioned knee-jerk resistances to embracing that opportunity.' The trick, therefore, is to free the UK of its default setting of archaic mores and systems of thought.

The Arts Council vs BPI Debate Gathers Momentum

Paul Carey | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Carey

This fund is apparently available to aspiring acts and artists who need the much needed initial funding to get started on the road to success in the music industry. From what I understand the total fund amounts to £500,000 and is being hailed by its originators as, "a breakthrough moment for music in England".

Collective Efforts

Michael Volpe | Posted 25.03.2013 | Home
Michael Volpe

A few weeks ago I wrote about how the success of a company is founded on everybody who is engaged with delivering its product, the rewards and praise ...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 10

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.03.2013 | Home
Thomas Woodham Smith

This Monday was one of those big Mondays. You know the ones which are expected and you feel slightly nervous about and the result is uncertain. Well it was one of those. Monday was Nazy Vassegh's first day. Who is she, you ask?

Struggling Arts Groups Receive Welcome Lottery Boost

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2013 | Home

In a rare piece of good news for the country's art groups, millions of pounds of lottery money has been given out to to help refurbish run-down theatr...

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

Alan Davey | Posted 02.02.2013 | Home
Alan Davey

Growing up in public housing in the North East of England, it was heavily implied to me that the arts were not for me. That's why, for as long as I breathe, I'll fight for the arts to happen, and for them to be available up and down the country to as many people as possible.

Heidi Locher: Designs on the Future

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.01.2013 | Home
Jason Holmes

This is the house that Heidi built. We're sitting in Lavender House on Gayton Road, Heidi Locher's London home, set far back from the road behind a high gate, a temple to Modernism hidden between the Victorian walls of her Hampstead neighbours.

Axisweb is 21: Need for Patronage in Contemporary Art as Relevant as Ever in Digital Age

Sheila McGregor | Posted 16.01.2013 | Home
Sheila McGregor

Cast your mind back to 1991, when Axis began. John Major was Prime Minister, Whitney Houston and Bryan Adams topped the charts and people working in the visual arts 'organised' exhibitions; they certainly didn't 'curate' them.

Is Modern Art Really Rotten to the Core?

Ben Mirza | Posted 04.12.2012 | Home
Ben Mirza

In 2010, the philosopher Roger Scruton, together with the BBC, made a documentary titled Why Beauty Matters, in which he gave an eloquent and impassioned plea for a return to the beautiful aesthetic, pointing towards the unifying and spiritually uplifting qualities of beauty.

Big Brother Boss New Chairman Of Arts Council

PA | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home

TV executive Sir Peter Bazalgette, the man behind hits such as Big Brother and Deal Or No Deal, has been appointed chairman of the Arts Council Englan...

How to Lose Friends, Thousands of Pounds and Alienate People - Performing at the Edinburgh Fringe

Scottee | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Scottee

Yesterday, 1 August, marked the launch of the 65th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival in which 2,695 shows from 47 countries will show off in 279 make shift theatres, dodgy pubs & toilet cubicles across the city; but when you do the sums is it really worth it?

Digital Exploration

Alan Davey | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
Alan Davey

The pace of change means we're living in a time of extraordinary possibility for creativity in this country, where digital advances mean our ambition can only be constrained by the limits of our imagination.

Heading for a Colourless Economy

Benjamin Halfpenny | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Politics
Benjamin Halfpenny

In the last week or two I have continually asked myself two questions: what is British culture, and who or what is it for?

Building the Creative Workforce of the Future

Alan Davey | Posted 09.06.2012 | Home
Alan Davey

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 billion to the UK economy every year.

Writing a Prison Sentence

Russ Litten | Posted 16.04.2012 | Home
Russ Litten

I've been a writer in residence in HM prisons for 18 months now. Despite making a living from writing for the last 10 years, I think I've learnt more about the power of words in this environment than any other in my so called career.

Thinking Out Loud: FACTOR or X Factor?

Alan Davey | Posted 10.04.2012 | Home
Alan Davey

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.

Michael Portilllo To Run New £55m Arts Fund

PA | Posted 03.09.2011 | UK Politics

Former cabinet minister Michael Portillo will chair a £55 million scheme to help arts organisations develop a long-term approach to funding, providin...