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Looking back with pride - and forward with hope

Today Arts Council England announces its National portfolio of arts organisations and its Major partner museums for 2015-18.

I believe the decisions we’ve made reward ambition. We have looked to the future, investing in work for children and young people, and seeking to develop talent, wherever it emerges. We’ve sought to reach into more communities, while continuing to invest in arts organisations that have done great things in the last three years; we want them to build on their past work, and go further.

Balancing act!

The Arts Council’s investment process is well underway; in July we are going to announce how we plan to invest for the next three years in a National portfolio of organisations - one of our three connected investment strands alongside Grants for the arts and our strategic funds

Going Aloft

I’m not good with heights, never have been, never will be. So climbing a hundred foot up the main mast of ss Great Britain in Bristol to mark the launch of a new heritage experience – Go Aloft! – was always going to be a challenge.

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…

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