Arts Council England blog

Five questions with... Nicky Taylor, Heydays

Heydays is an award winning arts programme that offers weekly creative sessions for older people.

Nicky Taylor of the West Yorkshire Playhouse shares some secrets behind the success of the programme, which attracts over 300 people every week

Photo by Chris Thornton.

artscouncil on 3 Nov 2015

Reasons to be cheerful

Our Director for Policy and Research, Richard Russell, blogs about how we assess quality at the Arts Council. Could you be part of our assessment team in the future?

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance production Material Men, commissioned by Southbank Centre. Photo © Chris Nash.

Richard Russell on 11 Feb 2016

Civic Museums: Heartbeat of our cities

Four ideas to support regional museums, from our Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein

Photos © Jill Jennings / Wakefield Museum, courtesy of Wakefield Council

John Orna-Ornstein on 8 Feb 2016

2016: The Year of the Arts Council Collection

Jill Constantine, Head of Arts Council Collection, tells us why this is the most exciting year to be involved with ‘the nation’s art lending library’.

Henry Moore: Head of a King, 1952-1953. Part of the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre, London. Photo © Arts Council England.

Jill Constantine on 3 Feb 2016

National Libraries Day 2016: #libraryletters

Darren Henley invites you to join in our call for #libraryletters

Darren Henley on 2 Feb 2016 1 comment

A portal fit for purpose

Althea Efunshile, our Deputy Chief Executive, writes on the launch of our new grant management system, and what it means for applicants.

Dancer from Balbir Singh Dance Company performs underwater.

Althea Efunshile on 26 Jan 2016

Inspiring generations: A tale of two Davids

Laura Gander-Howe, the Arts Council's Director of Children, Young People and Learning, digests recent news from two famous Davids.

lauragh on 13 Jan 2016 2 comments

Understanding people, places and participation

Jonathon Blackburn, from our Policy and Research team, blogs about a new survey we’re investing in to understand more about people’s involvement in arts and culture across England.

Jonathon Blackburn on 5 Jan 2016

Puppets and Prokofiev: Christmas Time with Opera North

With their festive season in full swing, Opera North’s General Director Richard Mantle discusses why #culturematters at Christmas.

Christmas at Twilight, The Howard Assembly Room, December 2014. Photo © Johnny Walton / Opera North.

Richard Mantle on 15 Dec 2015

Festive Time Travel: Christmas Time with Black Country Living Museum

With another year of sold-out festivities well underway, Black Country Living Museum’s Director of Communications & Marketing, Laura Wakelin, discusses why #culturematters at Christmas.

Christmas Activities at Black Country Living Museum. Photo © Black Country Living Museum.

Laura Wakelin on 15 Dec 2015