Arts Funding

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

Sarah Maxfield | Posted 23.07.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

The Arts Cuts: It's Personal

Mark Skipper | Posted 25.07.2012 | Home
Mark Skipper

2011/12 was one of the most challenging but hugely satisfying years I can remember during my years at Northern Ballet.

Italian Museum Burns Artwork In Protest At Government Cuts

Posted 18.06.2012 | Home

An Italian museum has started burning its artworks in protest at government budget cuts. Antonio Manfredi, of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum i...

Creating Cultural Legacies

Jeremy Hunt | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
Jeremy Hunt

I'm absolutely delighted to welcome the Huffington Post's new culture section, which will be a fantastic space to talk about the UK's amazing arts scene. And amazing it is. Even in difficult economic times the arts in this country continue to inspire and startle.

How Even the Best Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Ever Still Won't Please Everyone

Tom Hunter | Posted 15.12.2012 | Home
Tom Hunter

If anything the commercial success of an exhibition like Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, is evidence of the need for more, not less, funding investment for the Arts.

Art for Art's Sake

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

The arts always get sniffed at when cuts get announced as though defending investment in the arts is somehow ill considered or bourgeois but in making art school and the creative industries inaccessible for today's Alexander McQueens I think we may be in danger of loosing a huge and valuable part of our national identity. Can you put a price on that?

When it Comes to The Arts, BP's 'Oil Money' Is Far Less Compromising Than State Funding

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted 13.09.2011 | UK
Nathalie Rothschild

Whatever mess BP may have made in the Gulf of Mexico, at least artists and art lovers have a lot to thank it for.

Hunt's Glass Slipper is Filling with Toxic Toes

Mark Donne | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Mark Donne

In an age of austerity how will the arts be paid for if BP won't? Last night's Trafalgar Square performance was free after all? Those I'm afraid who it really did appear can afford opera tickets should pay for them; the cost of greasing BP's continued abuse of global resources is far, far more expensive. To us all.