Designation development fund opens to applications

Arts Council England today opened applications to its Designation development fund, which will support non-national museums. Between 2012 and 2015 a total of £2.1 million will be awarded to collections-based projects through the fund.

Designation identifies collections of national and international importance held in England’s non-national museums, libraries and archives, based on their quality and significance. There are currently 140 Designated collections across England.

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Two major new grant commissions now open for work with children and young people

Arts Council England today announced funding for two major new pieces of work with children and young people; the delivery of a new National Youth Dance Company and four new In Harmony projects based on the Venezuelan El Sistema project.

Arts Council England today announced funding for two major new pieces of work with children and young people; the delivery of a new National Youth Dance Company and four new In Harmony projects based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model.

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Liverpool Biennial programme revealed

The programme for the seventh and biggest ever Liverpool Biennial has been unveiled as the city prepares to engage in a celebration of contemporary art.

The festival, which runs from September 15 to November 25, covers a number of venues across Liverpool and contributes in the region of £27 million to the city’s economy.

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AND Festival Programme Delivery Intern

Abandon Normal Devices Festival Programme Delivery Intern 2.5 months (June – September 2012), part-time

We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic Programme Delivery Intern to join the AND team in the lead up to the festival. This year’s festival will take place 29 Aug – 02 Sept 2012 in Manchester.

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We announce Artsmark awards

Arts Council England announced today the 1,580 schools and other education settings across England that have been successful in achieving an Artsmark award.

Arts Council England announced today the 1,580 schools and other education settings across England that have been successful in achieving an Artsmark award. You can read a full list of awards on the Artsmark website.

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ON: a re-imagining of Blackpool Illuminations

 26 May – 28 July 2012
Please join us on the opening night Saturday 26 May 6pm – 8pm
Grundy Art Gallery has commissioned artist Brian Griffiths to respond to the town’s famous Illuminations for their 100 years anniversary.
Exploring the idea and uses of light, Griffiths has created an exhibition that will be a unique presentation of a selection of actual or fragments of illuminations from the Blackpool Illuminations department and archive. Continue reading

Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a nationwide programme of the UK’s best arts and culture, running alongside the Games. With more than 10 million free opportunities to get involved, it is the largest cultural celebration in history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movement. The programme, which has been running since 2008, culminates in London 2012 Festival, a spectacular celebration which will run from 21 September to 9 June 2012.

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Loop the Loop to kick off the North West’s Olympic celebrations

People of all ages from across the North West are being invited to take an Olympic-inspired cultural journey from Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester to The Quays in Salford this Saturday, 19 May. The free event will see the area around Old Trafford and The Quays transformed – linking culture and sport and London 2012 to the North West as part of the cultural Olympiad programme in the region.

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Sir Roy Shaw – devoted arts sector champion dies aged 93

Former Secretary General of the Arts Council, Sir Roy Shaw, has died aged 93.

Originally born in Sheffield, he presided over the Arts Council from 1975 to 1983, a notoriously difficult time for arts funding in England, during which he tirelessly championed subsidies for the sector.  After he retired he wrote The Arts and the People, chronicling his Arts Council career.

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Authors lead call for e-book lending payments

Authors have called for a change to library lending regulations, which currently allow digital copies of their work to be borrowed without any payment.

Authors have called for a change to library lending regulations, which currently allow digital copies of their work to be borrowed without any payment.

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