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Spring Awakening

Ian Rimington, one of our London Relationship Managers for Theatre, blogs about the report we've just published from Julie's Bicycle...

Contact, Manchester. Credit: Contact and Julie's Bicycle


Catalyst – where are we now?

Clare Titley, Director for Philanthropy and South West at the Arts Council, blogs about the report we've published today on our Catalyst programme.

Today we’ve published the first evaluation report on tiers 2 and 3 of the Catalyst programme. It’s clear that there’s lots of useful learning to share and that now seems like exactly the right time to do so, considering the wider changes in the culture of fundraising and giving in our sector.


"Exchange a book with someone today" - a World Book Day Q&A with Antonia Byatt, Literature Director

To mark World Book Day 2015, we sat down with Antonia Byatt, our Director for Literature, and asked her some questions about what literature means to her. Take a look.


Travels in my Tardis

To mark National Libraries Day (Saturday 7 February), our Director of Libraries, Brian Ashley, blogs about his career in libraries and what they mean to him.

Nottingham Central Library

The little things make a difference.


HAPPY New Year!

Last year we commissioned a research study, from economists Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron, examining how different arts and cultural institutions affect levels of happiness. Richard Russell, our Director of Policy and Research, blogs about the results, which we've just published.


Farewell from Alan Davey

Our departing Chief Executive Alan Davey blogs for us for the last time.

Swallows and Amazons - Bristol Old Vic. Credit: Simon Annand

I’m told I have a last opportunity to say anything I want, to get it off my chest. To say the words I want to leave ringing in the air as I leave the Arts Council. 


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