Arts Council England

Call for devolution of lottery spending controls

The movement for cultural democracy has called for a restructuring of the distribution of money raised through the national lottery to better reflect where the money is spent by players. 

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People Power Practice, Peterborough – 17 January 2019

Creative People and Places are hosting a one-day symposium for cultural leaders wanting to develop a more inclusive approach.

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Arts Council England research report on health, wellbeing and criminal justice published

ACE has produced a new comprehensive report to support the process of developing its ten-year strategy. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has also published guidance for responding to the strategy.

Read the report here, via a blog from ACE Health & Wellbeing lead, John McMahon

Access the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance guidance here

Secretary of State for Health focuses on creativity and culture

In a speech at the King’s Fund on 6 November, Matt Hancock focused heavily on the role of creativity and culture in social prescribing and across the health spectrum.

Acknowledging the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, he said:

Arts Council England consultation, London events – 6-14 November 2018

ACE is currently running a series of consultation events across the country for its new 10-year strategy, including in London between 6 and 14 November. The framework features health and wellbeing more prominently than in previous ACE strategies - as well as the concept of 'community-led' practice. It also seeks to shift its language from 'arts' to 'creativity' and 'culture'.

Arts leaders risk burnout

A recent report on cultural leadership has called for more diverse leadership, and indicated that arts leaders' creativity and capacity to problem-solve is being impacted by the precarity of the sector. Independent consultant Sue Hoyle and researchers at Kings College London (KCL) discuss the challenge of supporting a workforce during periods of change. The report will inform ACE's forthcoming 10-year strategy.

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The full report is also attached here

Creative People and Places scheme opens to new projects

Arts Council England is investing £24million over the next four years in its Creative People and Places scheme, to support work in those areas of the country falling into the bottom third in terms of engagement with creative and cultural practice. Please share information about this opportunity amongst your networks. ACE is looking for community groups, cultural organisations or other organisations, such as clubs or local businesses. 

Arts charities struggle with short-term, fixed-level funding

A new review by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation suggests that short-term funding is impacting arts charities' ability to plan. It also points to the fact that statutory grants tend to stay at the same level, and do not keep up with demand for services or inflation. The review suggests that government budget reductions have worsened inequaiity in terms of cultural access across the UK.

The review is based on assessments of 450 grants awarded throgh six different PHF funds. 

Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

Significant new data on cultural engagement released

The Audience Agency is making available seven years' worth of data on audiences at cultural institutions and events in the UK. The data is drawn from over 600 organisations - including performing arts venues, museums and festivals - who participate in the Audience Agency's online audience-development tool, Audience Finder. The Agency says that the data describes the behaviours of more than 10 million UK households.

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