Arts Council England blog

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

Working on it

Our Director for Policy and Research, Richard Russell, blogs about the Arts Council’s ambition to support a better skilled and more diverse workforce across the arts and culture sector.

Sound Beam Dream by 3DOM, 2014. Photo by Matt Stewart.

Richard Russell on 28 Sep 2015

Interrupting Elizabeth Gaskell

At the Arts Council, we fund a wide range of work that focuses on young people, giving them space to express themselves and develop their abilities in areas such as team work and creativity.

enJOY Arts on 18 Sep 2015

A tough time to be a charity? Six challenges for arts and cultural organisations to consider

Our South West Area Director, Phil Gibby, poses six questions to arts and culture organisations about what their charitable status means for them.

Phil Gibby on 11 Sep 2015

Pop the question

Helen Sprott, the Arts Council's Director of Music, blogs about how we're helping musicians find their way in a changing music landscape...

Ms Dynamite performs at Urban Classic in Waltham Forest, 2012. Image credit: London Borough of Waltham Forest.

I’m lucky that my job allows me speak to musicians - from every genre - about their music, their aspirations and how they got where they are.

Helen Sprott on 11 Sep 2015

A matter of life and death

A Matter of Life and Death

Phil Gibby, our South West Area Director, blogs about the joy we can find in legacy giving for ‘Remember a charity in your will’ week (7-13 September)

Phil Gibby on 7 Sep 2015

Data with a soul?

‘Maybe stories are just data with a soul.’ Brené Brown

Cat Hammersley, our Senior Manager for Data Reporting and Analysis, blogs about why we should all be getting excited about our new data principles. (Really).

Cat Hammersley on 4 Sep 2015

Burst your bubble

It turns out that search engines like Google have something to teach us about saving arts and culture funding. Hannah Leverett, Digital & Marketing Officer in our national communications team, explains...

Are you stuck in a 'filter bubble'? Photo by russavia, licensed by CC 2.0.

Hannah Leverett on 24 Aug 2015 1 comment

Twitter Takeover: young people at the heart of our museums

Museums Director John Orna-Ornstein blogs about why early experiences in museums matter, and looks forward to the Kids in Museums Twitter Takeover Day tomorrow.

Conisborough School - Museum of London

John Orna-Ornstein on 19 Aug 2015