Arts Funding

Grenfell - The Myths And Unsung Heros Of Estate Communities

Lou Mensah | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Lou Mensah

The Grenfell tragedy shows us what happens when we refuse to listen to people, rendering them powerless. We know the residents shared their concerns o...

If Being Transgender Was A Job, No-One Would Apply

Kate O'Donnell | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate O'Donnell

Trans people are often shown as sad, lonely people. Or sex workers, or trapped in the wrong body, rejected, suicidal, killed or simply die. Basically the media would have you believe that it's never ends well for us trans folk. I believe that art can create social change and I like being part of that change.

Can an App Open Up the World to Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Rachel Oliver | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Tech
Rachel Oliver

That's how a child at the Rowan School in Sheffield, whose pupils all have a diagnosis of autism, described our circus show. The pupils attended, as do all of our audiences, free of charge and with their entire family so that they can enjoy the show as a family group.

The View From the Wings, as the Arts and Culture Sector Awaits its Moment in the Spotlight

Deborah Bull | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Deborah Bull

As things stand, core national funding for arts and culture has already reduced by over £100million (more than a third) since 2009. On top of that, Local Authorities - historically a significant funder of arts and culture outside London - have seen 40% cuts. Local Government Association modeling predicts funding for non-statutory services (like culture) will be down by 66% by the end of the decade.

IdeasTap Legacy Continues Through Partnership With Hiive

Ciarán Burke | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Ciarán Burke

Having this partnership in place will encourage IdeasTap partners to continue offering opportunities for creative people through Hiive. We have in place a platform that is already supporting and nurturing creatives through employment and educational opportunities.

Creativity: 21st Century UK's USP

Graham Sheffield | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

The UK must, as the report strongly urges, continue to invest in its arts and its creative and cultural industries. Moreover, given the evidence on the return on investment, this is real investment and not subsidy!

Creativity Works, But Only if we Can Afford It

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

This week my eyes have been opened to just how many projects and young people are trying to be a part of the showbiz game.

Arts and Culture in the Regions - Why It's Not All Doom and Gloom

Sarah Maxfield | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Maxfield

Of course we could use more money - we had far more applicants to our National portfolio than we could afford to support. Yes, there is more to do in terms of the balance of the Arts Council's investment and yes, progress is slow - but it is purposeful and targeted. Overall investment outside London has actually increased in this National portfolio round.

Arts Council Funding 2014 Will Damage Local Arts Venues

Laura Maw | Posted 19.09.2014 | 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.

The Arts Landscape- From Nottingham to Tokyo

Ruth Mackenzie | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Mackenzie

The subsidised arts are the entry point for many of our leading lights in the creative industries, and of course the creative industries themselves, including the arts, are one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK economy, accounting now for one in 12 jobs.

The Fringe Is an Industry That Is Eating Itself

Ross Ericson | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ross Ericson

Fringe producers rarely get any financial help from the Arts Council either and, with fringe theatre not meeting the demographic for corporate sponsorship, most productions are funded privately by the producer or by their family and friends, making the whole thing elitist by default.

The Dark Side of Osborne's Wooing of 'Star Wars'

Jack Butler | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Osborne didn't need to genuflect towards the House of Mouse, because the UK has a well-deserved reputation as the home of high quality cinema and moviemaking. But for how long? Osborne is at the top of a government that has slashed arts funding to the bone, axed the UK Film Council and is generally doing a great deal of damage in the cultural arena.

Arts Funding - Where is Arts Money Going?

Leanne Pero | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Pero

Since the start of the economic downturn and change in government, our voluntary community dance programme has struggled to find funds. Most of the money available is going to large organisations, in the expectation that it will then be filtered out into the community and into smaller delivery projects like ours - but this isn't working.

A War of Attrition: The Arts Need Saving

Helen Charman | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Charman

A recession usually means that for lots of people- and not the people making the decisions about what gets funded- things are going badly and are set to get worse. The old aphorism may be a cliché, but it serves as a warning: some people are so poor all they have is money.

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...

Dramatic Times for Theatreland - 2012 Reflections and 2013 Predictions

Adam Kenwright | Posted 18.03.2013 | Home
Adam Kenwright

Theatreland is (appropriately) always a dramatic place, but even by industry standards 2012 was a particularly eventful year. The Queen's Jubilee and the triumphant Olympics and Paralympics meant all eyes were on the UK, and of course London.

Never Mind the Mayans, Here's the Apocalypse

Mark Borkowski | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home
Mark Borkowski

If I could have one Christmas wish, it would be for our politicians to stop being too embarrassed to stand by culture and support it for fear of being branded 'elitist'. The Arts are for everyone, and nothing embodies this better than the volunteers who worked tirelessly to create the opening ceremony this summer.

Sam Parker

Newcastle Art Cuts: How Losing 100% Will Affect The North's Culture Capital | Sam Parker | Posted 20.12.2012 | Home

Following news that Newcastle City Council is planning to cut 100% of its spending on arts and culture, former Newcastle resident Sam Parker returns t...

'Doing a Newcastle'

Emily Sargent | Posted 05.02.2013 | Home
Emily Sargent

Newcastle City Council's Labour leader Nick Forbes claims he has no choice but to axe much of the Council's arts spend; but is he instead trying to execute a dangerous bid for more government money by holding the city's culture hostage?

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.

Is Crowdfunding the Documentary Industry's Cure for Austerity?

Charlie Phillips | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Tech
Charlie Phillips

Crowdfunding is being talked about a lot as the hot new way to finance creative projects such as films, books, games, technology, working on the principle that a large number of individuals will come together to support and fund projects that they really care about.

Arts and Business: Creating a New Narrative

Ben Mirza | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
Ben Mirza

Today, more than ever, businesses need to develop a common purpose when it comes to arts funding, because if business is the bedrock of civilisation, then the arts are the fruits of civilisation, and they must be nurtured.

Crisis talks: Time to change the way we communicate the value of art

Adam Stones | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Adam Stones

The art world, and particularly how we foster and develop it in Britain, is in a period of crisis. And if you haven't noticed that, then it's a worrying testament to the way we debate and celebrate the creative processes in this country.

The East German Marshall Plan Fund

Hamish Jenkinson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Home
Hamish Jenkinson

Trash Cuisine was a powerful and bold study of capital punishment. The message was obvious: Belarus is the only country in Europe that still carries out this barbaric act.

The Rose Theatre: An Elizabethan Tragedy

Richard O'Brien | Posted 05.10.2012 | Home
Richard O'Brien

Round the back of London's South Bank, something important is hidden away. It's within easy walk of a currently rammed Olympic transport hub, but unlike London Bridge, there's no one in a purple and orange overall to offer helpful and insistent directions. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking there'd been something of a cover up.