When I arrived at the Arts Council a little over two years ago, I discovered (with some alarm!) that I was going to be the Executive Board member with responsibility for Goal 1, for ensuring that ‘excellence is thriving and celebrated in arts, museums and libraries’. Who was going to determine what was ‘excellent’ – our arts and cultural leaders? The professional critics? …Me? Would it ever be possible to agree within the Arts Council – let alone amongst arts and cultural organisations – what are the key determinants of ‘quality’?
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With the summer in full swing, Ian Rimington recommends holiday reading and looks at how our National portfolio organisations have been progressing with sustainability.
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Live chat with the Arts Council's Director, Libraries, Brian Ashley, Wednesday 5 June 2013.
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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...
Live chat with Arts Council Chair, Peter Bazalgette, Tuesday 5 March 2013.
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The wording of this principle implies not only a deliberate distinction between the three elements (excite, inspire, engage) but also a degree of serial progression...
1st principle: Strive for excellence
Absolutely. No problem. Happy to do that. It's what I live for.
2nd principle: Be authentic
Yes, always aspiring to...
Live chat with Arts Council Chief Executive, Alan Davey, Wednesday 28 November 2012.
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