Arts Council England blog

100 days

Chief Executive Darren Henley blogs about his first 100 days.

Darren speaking at the British Library. Photo: Tom Pilston

It’s exactly 100 days since I joined Arts Council England as Chief Executive, so I’m taking the opportunity to reflect back on some of what I’ve learned since I took up my new job back towards the end of April.

Darren Henley on 28 Jul 2015

No More Islands

Brian Ashley, our Director of Libraries, blogs about how our new WiFi in Libraries programme aims to produce more equitable access to knowledge , where people are free to explore that knowledge with others or together; and the exciting potential of what might happen next.

Brian Ashley on 23 Jul 2015

Paying our way: the success story of the economic contribution of the arts and culture

Richard Russell, our Director for Policy and Research, introduces our newly published report on the economic contribution of arts and culture.

Richard Russell on 13 Jul 2015

The Next Generation of Fundraisers

Jessica Hilton has spent the past year based at Hull Truck Theatre as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship scheme: an Arts Council funded programme which has been so successful over the last two years that we’ve now rolled it out nationally. She blogs about her experiences and the impact it’s had on her career in the arts.

Jessica Hilton on 25 Jun 2015

More reasons to love libraries

Our Chief Executive Darren Henley spoke at the British Library's Enterprising Libraries event last night. He blogs about his love of libraries and how the Arts Council is investing in their future.

The British Library's Business & IP Centre

I love libraries.

Darren Henley on 23 Jun 2015

The possibilities are endless

Our Chief Executive Darren Henley blogs about his week of giving speeches and the importance of investing in cultural education.

Writer, illustrator and new Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Photo: Tom Pilston

Darren Henley on 12 Jun 2015

5 reasons to love museums

Today (Wednesday 10 June) is the launch of I Love Museums, a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) to celebrate and support UK museums.

People across the country today are sharing why museums are important to them, and we’re bringing you our Museums Director, John Orna-Ornstein, with his top 5 reasons to love this country’s museums.

John Orna-Ornstein on 10 Jun 2015

A reset, not a rebalance

Alison Clark, Director for Combined Arts, writes on the ambitions of our newly launched Ambition for excellence fund.

The Four Fridas - Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Alison Clark on 5 Jun 2015

A blueprint for the Creative Industries

Our Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette blogs about the future of the Creative Industries in England. 


Image: World Famous, SO Festival

Peter Bazalgette on 22 May 2015 1 comment

Dementia Awareness Week: transformative arts projects

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (18 - 24 May) we’re sharing some stories of how arts projects have given Dementia patients creative outlets that help both patients and their families.

Take a look at the projects – and get involved by sharing your own stories with us on Twitter and visit the Dementia Awareness Week website for more ways to get involved.

Arts Council England blog team on 15 May 2015 2 comments

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