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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

SO Festival: The art of place making

Peter Knott, our Midlands Area Director, blogs about the impact of Lincolnshire based SO Festival, and says goodbye to arts and culture champion Doreen Stephenson.

Do you remember the last conversation you had with someone about a place they love and why?

Peter Knott on 11 May 2015

7 Days Later…

It’s seven days since I began my new job at Arts Council England, so I thought that I would take the opportunity to share some thoughts and experiences from my first week as Chief Executive. 

I’m very much in learning mode at the moment. As well as meeting the teams based in each of our nine offices around the country, I also wanted to ensure that I took the opportunity to meet some of the people who run the broad range of arts and cultural organisations that are supported by Arts Council England.

Darren Henley on 27 Apr 2015 1 comment

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