Arts Council England blog

Five questions with... Nicky Taylor, Heydays

Heydays is an award winning arts programme that offers weekly creative sessions for older people.

Nicky Taylor of the West Yorkshire Playhouse shares some secrets behind the success of the programme, which attracts over 300 people every week

Photo by Chris Thornton.

Reasons to be cheerful

Our Director for Policy and Research, Richard Russell, blogs about how we assess quality at the Arts Council. Could you be part of our assessment team in the future?

A dancer from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance is suspended in mid-air by a large fabric cloth, held by another dancer.


Civic Museums: Heartbeat of our cities

Four ideas to support regional museums, from our Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein

Photos © Jill Jennings / Wakefield Museum, courtesy of Wakefield Council


2016: The Year of the Arts Council Collection

Jill Constantine, Head of Arts Council Collection, tells us why this is the most exciting year to be involved with ‘the nation’s art lending library’.

Henry Moore: Head of a King, 1952-1953. Part of the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre, London. Photo © Arts Council England.

A portal fit for purpose

Althea Efunshile, our Deputy Chief Executive, writes on the launch of our new grant management system, and what it means for applicants.

Dancer from Balbir Singh Dance Company performs underwater.

Inspiring generations: A tale of two Davids

Laura Gander-Howe, the Arts Council's Director of Children, Young People and Learning, digests recent news from two famous Davids.

Understanding people, places and participation

Jonathon Blackburn, from our Policy and Research team, blogs about a new survey we’re investing in to understand more about people’s involvement in arts and culture across England.


Puppets and Prokofiev: Christmas Time with Opera North

With their festive season in full swing, Opera North’s General Director Richard Mantle discusses why #culturematters at Christmas.

Christmas at Twilight, The Howard Assembly Room, December 2014. Photo © Johnny Walton / Opera North.



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