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The time is now

I'm writing this blog on my way to Durham, a great city with a council going out of its way to embrace and enhance its cultural offer. I'm looking forward to a conversation about what we can do together, both in the short term and the long  - building capacity and engagement. 

Alan's update on the Chancellor's autumn statement

By now everyone will know about the reductions in funding that have been passed on to Arts Council England, subsequent to the Chancellor’s autumn statement. These cuts will have an effect over the next two years.

Cuts are never good news. I know that budgets will have been set, and this will be an unwelcome further disruption.

In the light of these cuts, there are a couple of points that I’d like to make.

Live webchat with Alan Davey, 26 November 2013

Live chat with Arts Council England's Chief Executive, Alan Davey, Tuesday 26 November 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. You can also join in the live chat conversation on Twitter using #ACElivechat.

Revalue, Rethink, Re-ignite: the IPCC Summary in Cultural Context

Giulia Crossley, Communications Coordinator at Julie's Bicycle responds to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policymakers, in relation to the arts.

On Friday 30 September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Summary for Policymakers, an overview of its most up to date findings on climate change.

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.

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