Revd BETSY BLATCHLEY, who worked in theatre for over 20 years before training for ordination, including five years at the National Theatre, has become Southwark Diocese’s first Pioneer Minister in the Arts.
Read the full article: London Church appoints arts minister
The first minister has pledged to explore all options for saving the Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT).
Read the full article: Sturgeon backs calls to save Scottish Youth Theatre
Lack of clarity by schools inspector Ofsted on its expectations for the arts in the primary school curriculum is believed to be a significant contributor to the de-prioritising of arts activities in many schools.
Read the full article: Arts education professionals and politicians met this week as a first step to tackling the structural problems causing the arts to be neglected in many schools.
The Cultural Value project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, looked into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have.
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A series of free online courses aimed at staff, practitioners and trustees working in the arts is aiming to help promote the arts as a charitable cause “worth investing in”.
Read the full article: The free courses will be available on two learning platforms and will offer content on themes including ethical fundraising, change management and organisational resilience.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced Waltham Forest and Brent will be crowned the capital’s first boroughs of culture.
Read the full article: The two boroughs will each receive £1.35m and will hold the awards in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The membership body supporting local authority arts services, Arts Development UK (ADUK), has announced that it will close as dwindling finances mean it can no longer “provide effective support and remain sustainable”.
Read the full article: Arts Development UK will wind down in April after attempts to increase membership were unsuccessful, but services may be taken up by other bodies.
The arts sector is wasting energy by ‘pleading’ for more curriculum space, while ignoring that it is becoming increasingly irrelevant for school students who cannot see a link between their studies and arts-based careers, the Chief Executive of Creative & Cultural Skills (CC Skills) has warned.
Read the full article: CC Skills Chief Executive Pauline Tambling has warned arts subjects in schools are becoming irrelevant and arts-led education work needs to be more job-focused
A magic mirror to “unchain theatrical barriers” and an interactive high-stakes thriller are two of the immersive arts projects supported through a new Arts Council England (ACE) fund.
Read the full article: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Pilot Theatre are among the organisations awarded grants of up to £20k to develop “riskier, content-driven projects”
Following revelations of inappropriate behaviour by high-profile individuals in the arts, an ArtsProfessional survey as revealed the experiences and views of the sector’s workforce. Frances Richens reports on the findings.
Read the full article: Pulse report: Sexual harassment in the arts – is enough being done?
As budgets tighten, many local authorities feel they have little choice but to cut spending on arts and culture. But how is the sector reacting and what should be done to help mitigate the damage? Frances Richens shares the findings of ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey.
Read the full article: How is the sector reacting to cuts and what should be done to help mitigate the damage?
Creative Scotland has responded to ferocious criticism of its recent funding decisions by u-turning on a wave of planned core funding cuts.
Read the full article: £2.6m of additional funds will be used to re-admit five organisations into the core-funded portfolio until 2021, in a move described as a “victory for common sense”
For the last three years, Ramps on the Moon has been breaking new ground around inclusion in our theatres.
Read the full article: Ramps on the Moon: normalising inclusion in theatres
The Cultural Education Challenge asks art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education through Cultural Education Partnerships.
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The next ten years start here...Posted By Darren Henley on 17 January 2018
Read the full article: Arts Council England - next ten year strategy : 2020-30
This report analyses data on:
The workforce of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs), including the diversity of people in key leadership roles and at different job levels
Read the full article: Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case
Future Views is a forward-looking research project, aiming to imagine the next generation of cultural learning.
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This course takes place across 3 dates from 10am-4:15pm on 15th March, 16th May and 10th July 2018.
Read the full article: Artswork - 'Artswork Essentials' package
Arts Council England publishes a wide range of toolkits.
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Coventry has beaten off stiff competition from Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to be crowned the UK’s next City of Culture.
Read the full article: The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull.
A series of diversity guides has been launched to help arts organisations ensure equality in their recruitment practices, improve data collection and better support staff development.
Read the full article: An Arts Council England toolkit offers advice on widening recruitment processes and improving data collection, and includes research findings about barriers to entry in the cultural sector.
I was recently invited to Ottawa to a conference bravely entitled ‘The Art of Changing the World’.
Read the full article: Chrissie Tiller implores those working in participatory and social arts practice to embrace critical reflection.
This course takes place across 3 dates from 10am-4:15pm on 22nd January, 15th March and 16th May 2018.
Read the full article: Artswork Essentials - Child Protection & Safeguarding
Mark Robinson finds Nina Simon’s book essential reading for anyone trying to reach those disengaged from the arts.
Read the full article: Book review: The Art of Relevance - Mark Robinson
J K Rowling: ‘We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.’
Read the full article: Cultural Learning Report