Arts Council England blog

Renaissance: a year on

It is just over a year since we announced the first museums funded through our Renaissance programme. Here Hedley Swain, Director, Museums, takes a look at what has been achieved since then.

Last month we announced a £17 million investment in English regional museums through the latest round of the Renaissance Strategic support fund, a good time to reflect on how much has happened since we first assumed responsibility for museums at the Arts Council in October 2011 and some of the challenges currently facing us.

Hedley Swain on 30 Apr 2013 1 comment

Playing For Time

Theatre-maker and writer, Lucy Neal is working on a handbook mapping creative practices that inspire a sustainable future. Here she describes a residency with other artists at the Arvon Foundation retreat. Playing For Time is funded by Arts Council England and Transition Network, in partnership with Arvon, the Centre for Alternative Technology and the new economics foundation.

Lucy Neal on 15 Apr 2013

The rain it raineth: managing the impact of climate change on historic monuments

Arts Council England's sustainability lead, Ian Rimington, explores the environmental challenges facing heritage organisations

If I were to ask you how much you would give to protect a threatened world heritage site of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty, it would probably be a hard question to answer.

Ian Rimington on 9 Apr 2013

Artangel, BBC Radio 4 and an Open opportunity for artists

If you've been listening to BBC Radio 4 this week, any day at around 9:02am, you may have noticed a surprising disruption to the usual schedule. It would have lasted for three minutes and it would have sounded completely different to anything else on daytime radio.

Seb Emina on 26 Mar 2013

Investing in a creative future

Our Creative industry finance pilot programme raised a few eyebrows when it was launched in May last year.

Alan Davey on 12 Mar 2013

Artists' international development interview – Luke Pell

Luke Pell was awarded £4,945 from the Artists’ international development fund for a 17-day research trip to New York and Washington, aiming to develop his practice as a performance curator working with diverse artists and communities.

artscouncil on 12 Mar 2013

Fun and games

Wednesday morning. I attend the first of Julie’s Bicycle’s Wednesday Webinars on environmental reporting for arts and cultural organisations. I’m not the most digitally up-to-date and webinars are new to me. This one is how to compete an Industry Green Tool entry. I watch a live on-screen demo whilst listening to Luke Ramsay from Julie’s Bicycle talk it through and answer questions.

Ian Rimington on 8 Mar 2013

Taking Part: What use is data?

Rachel McGuire, a Research Officer at Arts Council England, talks about our recently published regional Taking Part profiles, which look at cultural engagement across England, and the value of data in arts and culture.

Rachel McGuire on 6 Mar 2013

Live chat with Peter Bazalgette

Live chat with Arts Council Chair, Peter Bazalgette, Tuesday 5 March 2013.

Welcome to the Arts Council live chat blog. Questions and answers from the live chat will be posted below.

You can find out more about our upcoming live chats and download transcripts on our website. Join the live chat conversation #ACElivechat.

artscouncil on 5 Mar 2013 1 comment

'Believe you can and you're halfway there.' Theodore Roosevelt

Last week I attended two presentations given to Arts Council England Relationship Managers by Catherine Langabeer, Operations Director at Julie's Bicycle. Her talk focused on the background to why Sustainability matters, what the arts council is asking of organisations and how Julie’s Bicycle helps to deliver this.

Ian Rimington on 1 Mar 2013 2 comments

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