Arts Council England blog

Ambition and Hope: Engaging with Sustainability

Relationship Manager Ian Rimington reflects on the importance of environmental sustainability and our need to accelerate change.

Grass Men, Bristol Biennial. Photo by Ashley Peevor

Ian Rimington on 11 Nov 2015

Feeling good

Richard Russell, our Director for Policy and Research, blogs about how our Research Grants Programme is demonstrating the value of arts and culture for our nation’s health and wellbeing.

Photograph by Joel C Fildes,Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

Richard Russell on 6 Nov 2015

The case for diverse museums

John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Museums, tells us why we have to work harder at diversity in museums.

Photo courtesy of The Trustees of the British Museum

John Orna-Ornstein on 4 Nov 2015

Five questions with... Chloe Meineck, Music Memory Box

Designer/Inventor Chloe Meineck answers five questions on her award-nominated project ‘Music Memory Box’ and how breaking boundaries between health and well-being and arts and older people has inspired her work.


Photo by Chloe Meineck

Arts Council England blog team on 28 Oct 2015

Has it really made a difference?

Our Director for Philanthropy, Clare Titley, blogs about the latest evaluation report for our Catalyst scheme.

The Sage Gateshead. Photo: David Tiernan

I’ll be honest – I had reservations about the Catalyst scheme when it was first announced in 2012.

Clare Titley on 28 Oct 2015

Oh I do like to dance beside the seaside, oh I do like to dance beside the sea…

Anneliese Slader, Relationship Manager for Dance in the South West, brings us a blog post about her experiences at Youth Dance England’s ‘U.Dance’ in Plymouth this July.

U.Dance 2015 - Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photo by Kevin Clifford

Anneliese Slader on 26 Oct 2015

Greater than the sum of our parts

Paul Roberts, Chair of the Nottingham Music Education Hub and a member of the DoE/DCMS Ministerial Board for Cultural Education, blogs about the recently launched Cultural Education Challenge.

In Harmony, Nottingham (photo by Alan Fletcher)

Paul Roberts on 22 Oct 2015

Rising to the challenge

Laura Gander-Howe, the Arts Council's Director of Children, Young People and Learning, discusses the importance of the just-launched Cultural Education Challenge.

Danceroom Spectroscopy at Watershed Bristol. Photo by Paul Blakemore.

lauragh on 9 Oct 2015

Arts Council Collection - the nation's art lending library

Comprising of over 7,500 works by over 2,000 artists, the Arts Council Collection is one of the largest loan collections of contemporary British art in the UK. Peter Heslip, our Director of Visual Arts, talks about the significance of the Collection ahead of its 70th birthday in 2016.

Peter Heslip on 9 Oct 2015

A Grand Partnership

Our Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein, blogs about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Local Authority Museums, following the publication of a new report.

John Orna-Ornstein on 6 Oct 2015