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Missiles and Model Boxes

Ian Rimington ponders our relationship to the material world.

Alan Davey's speech at the opening of the Michael Chowen Prototyping Hall, University of Birmingham

Arts Council Chief Executive, Alan Davey, spoke at the opening of the Michael Chown Prototyping Hall: part of the Heritage Learning Hub at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 19 September. The following are extracts from his speech.

It is lovely to be here at the prototyping hall, a unique development as part of the pioneering work of the Heritage Learning Hub, work that I first saw about 18 months ago but which has come on apace since then…

Action and hope

Sometimes I feel the world’s problems are intractable; that we are all standing on a cliff being relentlessly pulled over and there is nothing I or anyone else can do about it.

And then I have a day like yesterday.

Festivals, peace camps and environmental sustainability

With the summer in full swing, Ian Rimington recommends holiday reading and looks at how our National portfolio organisations have been progressing with sustainability.

Public funding versus artistic freedom: are they mutually exclusive?

This year’s Edinburgh Festival opened with a typically thoughtful and provocative speech from the playwright Mark Ravenhill, about the relationship between the artist and society, and whether, to the truly adventurous spirit, public investment might prove as much a restriction as a security.

Live chat with Brian Ashley, Director, Libraries

Live chat with the Arts Council's Director, Libraries, Brian Ashley, Wednesday 5 June 2013.

Welcome to the Arts Council live chat blog. Questions and answers from the live chat will be posted below.

You can find out more about our upcoming live chats and download transcripts on our website. Join the live chat conversation #ACElibraries.

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Live chat with Tony Panayiotou

Live chat with the Arts Council's Director, Diversity, Tony Panayiotou, Tuesday 4 June 2013.

Welcome to the Arts Council live chat blog. Questions and answers from the live chat will be posted below.

You can find out more about our upcoming live chats and download transcripts on our website. Join the live chat conversation #ACElivechat.

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Why the Arts Council is supporting emerging artists in contemporary popular music

Last week we launched the new Arts Council England/PRS for Music Foundation Momentum Music Fund, aimed at emerging talent in contemporary popular music. This is not an area that the Arts Council has ventured into in any systematic way before, although through our funding to organisations such as Small Green Shoots, Generator, Urban Development and British Underground, and lottery grants through our Grants for the arts scheme we have been investing over £2 million a year in this area of music.

Our Grants for the arts Libraries fund

The Grants for the arts Libraries fund is open until March 2015, investing £6 million of the Arts Council's National Lottery money into projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with cultural organisations.

The Happy Museum Project

The Happy Museum Project, led by the Museum of East Anglian Life and funded through the Arts Council’s Renaissance Strategic support fund, is a programme to help museums look at and test the role they play in developing community resilience and wellbeing against global financial and environmental challenges.

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