Family arts festival returns with over 2,000 events

The Family Arts Festival, taking place in October half-term, aims to increase the amount and range of high quality arts available across the country to families. It will offer an incredible variety of quality art for all the family, with over 2,000 events happening across the UK. Events will cover theatre, art, music, dance, literature, film, circus and more with many events free.  Continue reading

The North receives over £2 million in Museum development funds

Nine museum development providers across the country will receive around £3 million a year through Museum development fund. The fund aims to provide a national network of professional advice to all museums, particularly smaller museums. The recipients’ priority will be to improve the sustainability and resilience of the museums sector thereby helping to maximise benefits to audiences and communities.  Continue reading

North benefits from over £8.5 million in Strategic touring funds

The Arts Council £45 million Strategic touring programme targets areas with a low level of art engagement and supports the goal of achieving great art and culture for everyone. It is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts and cultural encounters.

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Family Arts Festival returns to UK in October

Returning for its second year – make sure you know what events are happening near you in the autumn half term. Now in its second year, the Family Arts Festival will host a huge variety of arts events right across the UK, from 17 October to 2 November 2014. Continue reading

World’s first all-black orchestra visits UK for first time

The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra and Choir, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is making its first visit to the UK during September. The world’s first all-black symphony orchestra, it will perform in venues in Manchester, London, Bristol and Cardiff. Continue reading

Arts Council announces funding of over £211 million for organisations in the North

The North contains some of England’s most exciting and ambitious arts and cultural organisations working to push forward artistic practice, to engage audiences and participants and to collaborate with other organisations nationally and internationally Continue reading

How the North is delivering Great art and culture for everyone

The Arts Council: We’ve recently published six features profiling some of the work of a number of arts and cultural organisations in the North. These case studies explore cultural activity happening across the area that is helping us to achieve our goals, as set out in our mission of Great art and culture for everyone. Continue reading

Own Art’s 10th anniversary: be part of the celebration, own some art!

Download a free artwork by Jeremy Deller marking ten years of helping over 30,000 people to see, buy and collect contemporary arts and craft.

To celebrate reaching ten years of helping more people to see, buy and collect contemporary arts and craft, Own Art is teaming up with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to produce an exclusive celebratory commission – and anyone can own a piece of this artwork, for free! Continue reading

Museums at Night returns for three nights of ‘after dark’ events

Across three exciting nights in May (15-17), everyone will all have the chance to venture into museums, galleries and heritage venues ‘after dark’ as they open their doors for Museums at Night – a nationwide festival of inspiring after-hours arts and cultural events. Continue reading