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Culture UK brings major organisations together to create new work

The new partnership consists of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. Inspired in part by the Cultural Olympiad, themed projects will be developed to attract new audiences to the arts, and develop existing ones.

Poetry and opera will be the themes for 2017, and the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018.

QMUL and ACE in new partnership

In a first for Arts Council England, the two institutions will come together under a new formal agreement to work on creative leadership, global research programmes, and community engagement. The partnership will also create opportunities for cultural and artistic engagement in London’s East End, where the university is based.

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New ACE chair to push for greater arts access

Sir Nicholas Serota has set out the key principles of his approach to chairing Arts Council England: broadening access to the arts outside London, and improving the arts' status in education in the UK. He has emphasised that improving access outside London will not be at the expense of London's status as a centre for arts and culture.

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Awkward Bastards symposium on disability and inclusion, Birmingham – 22 and 23 March 2017

The symposium will feature artists' presentations, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, a Radical Practices open mic session and two panel debates and keynote speeches focussing on underrepresentation, exclusion and invisibility.

ACE and Baring Foundation announce grantees for work with older people

The "Celebrating Age" portfolio of 16 projects will champion social inclusion over the next three years. The fund was created in response to the DCMS’s Taking Part survey, which found that participation in arts and culture fell “dramatically” over the age of 75.

A new round of funding will be announced later in 2017.

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Increasingly diverse NPO programme promised by ACE

Of the 1,166 applications ACE has received to become a National Portfolio Organisation, more than half are from organisations which self-define as "diverse-led", according to the Director of ACE’s Investment Centre, Eddie de Souza.

ACE has decided to reduce funding for “four of our biggest organisations” (it has not confirmed which ones) to allow as many as 216 organisations to be added to the Portfolio; and the majority of the £37m budget increase will be spent on funding outside of London.

Huge increase in funds raised by National Portfolio Organisations

The increasing pressure on arts organisations to diversify their funding base has led to a massive upswing in additional funding, with Arts Council England’s NPOs raising £217m in 2015/16 through donations, sponsorship and membership - an increase of £31m on the previous year. For every pound of DCMS grant-in-aid funds awarded to the national portfolio, 77p was raised through fundraising.

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De Montfort University and ACE to collaborate on developing creativity in young people

The city of Leicester will house a three-year pilot programme from 2018, before a national rollout of the new Creative Talent Plan. The initiative is focused on spotting and developing talent at an early age, and seeks to address growing inequalities of access to the creative sector.

ACE CEO Darren Henley explained that the initiative was about giving “any young person … the right help at the crucial points in their creative evolution”.

Serota takes over at Arts Council England

After 28 years at the head of Tate, Sir Nick Serota has taken on the role of ACE chair, acknowledging the “many challenges” faced by the arts and positioning himself as “an unequivocal champion of the benefits of public investment”.

Serota said: “I’m an unequivocal champion of the benefits of public investment; the creative freedom of artists and institutions, and the arms-length principle”.

New business advice for arts organisations

The Prosper programme will be open to 70 organisations across England, funded by Arts Council England and delivered by Creative United, the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS at Coventry University). A timetable for applications and regional launch events will be announced early this year.

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