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Ambition and Hope: Engaging with Sustainability

Relationship Manager Ian Rimington reflects on the importance of environmental sustainability and our need to accelerate change.

Grass Men, Bristol Biennial. Photo by Ashley Peevor


Feeling good

Richard Russell, our Director for Policy and Research, blogs about how our Research Grants Programme is demonstrating the value of arts and culture for our nation’s health and wellbeing.

Photograph by Joel C Fildes,Manchester Museum, University of Manchester


The case for diverse museums

John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Museums, tells us why we have to work harder at diversity in museums.

Photo courtesy of The Trustees of the British Museum


Five questions with... Chloe Meineck, Music Memory Box

Designer/Inventor Chloe Meineck answers five questions on her award-nominated project ‘Music Memory Box’ and how breaking boundaries between health and well-being and arts and older people has inspired her work.


Photo by Chloe Meineck

Has it really made a difference?

Our Director for Philanthropy, Clare Titley, blogs about the latest evaluation report for our Catalyst scheme.

The Sage Gateshead. Photo: David Tiernan

I’ll be honest – I had reservations about the Catalyst scheme when it was first announced in 2012.


Oh I do like to dance beside the seaside, oh I do like to dance beside the sea…

Anneliese Slader, Relationship Manager for Dance in the South West, brings us a blog post about her experiences at Youth Dance England’s ‘U.Dance’ in Plymouth this July.

U.Dance 2015 - Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photo by Kevin Clifford


Greater than the sum of our parts

Paul Roberts, Chair of the Nottingham Music Education Hub and a member of the DoE/DCMS Ministerial Board for Cultural Education, blogs about the recently launched Cultural Education Challenge.

In Harmony, Nottingham (photo by Alan Fletcher)

Rising to the challenge

Laura Gander-Howe, the Arts Council's Director of Children, Young People and Learning, discusses the importance of the just-launched Cultural Education Challenge.

Danceroom Spectroscopy at Watershed Bristol. Photo by Paul Blakemore.

Arts Council Collection - the nation's art lending library

Comprising of over 7,500 works by over 2,000 artists, the Arts Council Collection is one of the largest loan collections of contemporary British art in the UK. Peter Heslip, our Director of Visual Arts, talks about the significance of the Collection ahead of its 70th birthday in 2016.


A Grand Partnership

Our Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein, blogs about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Local Authority Museums, following the publication of a new report.



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