Arts Council England

Reduced energy costs for arts and culture organisations

Arts Council England has announced a new service to give arts and culture organisations access to lower energy costs via its energy buyer, Government Procurement Services.

Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

A new £7m Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts has been launched by Arts Council England, NESTA and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

It follows a pilot project in 2011, and is designed to encourage collaboration between the arts, digital technology providers and the research community in order to undertake experiments from which the wider arts and cultural sector can learn.

It is expected that the fund will support approximately 90 research and development collaborations. Projects will be funded up to a value of £125,000.

Arts Council England funded projects shortlisted for National Lottery Awards

Public voting for the semi-finals is now open, until 22 July.

Arts Council England new loan scheme for cultural and creative businesses

Arts Council England has launched Creative Industry Finance - a new scheme for cultural and creative enterprises, offering small loans and practical business advice and support.

Working in partnership with the East London Small Business Centre, the scheme offers creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply for loans of £5,000 - £25,000 and receive practical business development support. The initial one-year pilot of the scheme is taking place in London with an investment of £200,000. A second pilot area will be announced soon.

Paintings in Hospitals collaborate with Arts Council Collection

Arts Council Collection has lent a wide range of paintings, works on paper and etchings to Paintings in Hospitals to make them available to healthcare facilities across the country.

A range of works by contemporary artists including Catherine Yass, Joe Tilson, Ian Hamilton-Finlay and Helen Chadwick are now accessible through the charity’s loan schemes.

The Space – until 31 October

The Space is a new, deliberately experimental online service, managed by Arts Council England and developed in partnership with the BBC. It has been designed to give arts and culture organisations the opportunity to experiment and engage with new and existing audiences in an innovative digital environment. This pilot phase will be available from 1 May to 31 October.

Museum development providers announced

The Arts Council has announced funding for nine organisations that will provide development support for regional museums. Their priority will be to improve the resilience and sustainability of the museums sector, helping to maximise benefits to audiences and communities. The areas of work will include business planning and enterprise, workforce development, attracting new audiences and organisational improvement.

Together, these nine museum development providers will receive £8,071,077 between 2012 and 2015.

Alan Davey delivers keynote speech at Canadian Arts Funding conference

Arts Council England re-organisation

Arts Council England has announced a re-organisation to meet Government demands to cut its administration costs. Among the changes planned are streamlining of office functions to create regional hubs. There are likely to be a number of job losses as part of this process.

Arts council plans to cut 150 jobs, The Stage

Arts Council England publishes 2011 Stakeholder research report

Arts Council England introduced a regular Stakeholder focus survey in 2009, as part of its public value work, aiming to strengthen relationships with the public and other stakeholders and to support its mission. The most recent study, now published, was undertaken between June and September 2011.

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