Director of Libraries, Brian Ashley, blogs about our newly published report on the Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Public Libraries
To mark National Libraries Day (Saturday 7 February), our Director of Libraries, Brian Ashley, blogs about his career in libraries and what they mean to him.
Nottingham Central Library
The little things make a difference.
Last year we commissioned a research study, from economists Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron, examining how different arts and cultural institutions affect levels of happiness. Richard Russell, our Director of Policy and Research, blogs about the results, which we've just published.
It’s now been a week or so since we announced our decisions on National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums. We’ve had many reactions, as you’d imagine.
When you are making these kinds of announcements a press conference or in a blog, you have to think very quickly.
Reflecting on the process, and talking to people who’ve been on the receiving end of these decisions, I find myself wanting to share one or two thoughts I was unable to dwell on at the time.
Today Arts Council England announces its National portfolio of arts organisations and its Major partner museums for 2015-18.
I believe the decisions we’ve made reward ambition. We have looked to the future, investing in work for children and young people, and seeking to develop talent, wherever it emerges. We’ve sought to reach into more communities, while continuing to invest in arts organisations that have done great things in the last three years; we want them to build on their past work, and go further.
Live chat with the Arts Council's Director, Libraries, Brian Ashley, Wednesday 5 June 2013.
Welcome to the Arts Council live chat blog. Questions and answers from the live chat will be posted below.
The Grants for the arts Libraries fund is open until March 2015, investing £6 million of the Arts Council's National Lottery money into projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with cultural organisations.
We’ve received a lot of interest in our research published last week, Community libraries – Learning from experience: guiding principles for local authorities. I thought it would be useful for me to reiterate some of the key findings from the research, and discuss how these informed our guiding principles.