Bursary programme supports eight organisations in the North : Creative Case for Diversity

Eight organisations in the North have been awarded Creative Case NORTH bursaries to support them in exploring how they contribute to the Creative Case for Diversity. The Creative Case for Diversity is the Arts Council’s approach to diversity and equality, setting out how both can enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society.  Creative Case NORTH is a sector-led programme of activity exploring the Creative Case, developed by a consortium of arts and cultural organisations and artists in the North, supported by the Arts Council.

The bursaries are providing six of our National portfolio organisations and two of our Major partner museums with the time, space and resources to develop their contribution to the Creative Case within their programming, collections or curatorial practice.

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Arts Council launches survey into visual artists’ livelihoods

Arts Council England has launched a survey into the livelihoods of visual artists in England. Visual artists from across art forms and demographics are invited to contribute their insights.The survey forms part of a wider study, which is the first of its kind in England in a decade. It aims to identify the challenges and barriers faced by visual artists that prevent them from realising their full potential, whilst highlighting how these issues vary across different groups within the sector.

The study will look at social, cultural and economic factors and how each of them impacts visual artists. Location and other factors which affect the movement and retention of artists between the regions, London and internationally will also be explored. 

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Capital funding of £2,835,498 awarded to organisations across the North

Ten organisations across the North will benefit from the latest round of the Arts Council’s Small Scale Capital awards, our programme that invests in buildings and equipment to increase organisations’ resilience and enable them to offer improved experiences for both artists and the public.

The successful applicants are:

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More people in the North to experience celebrated British art works

Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool will join Yorkshire Sculpture Park as a recipient of the Arts Council’s National Partners Fund to host and curate work from the Arts Council Collection. The £1.8 million programme marks the 70th anniversary of the Arts Council Collection.

Since being founded in 1946, the Arts Council Collection has grown to become one of the greatest collections of British art in the world and can be seen in galleries up and down the country, as well as in schools, hospitals and other public buildings.

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Strategic touring funding of £670,000 awarded to four North organisations

Four organisations across the North have been awarded £630,320 in the latest round of ACE Strategic Touring programme.

Wild Rumpus has been awarded £179,500 and its project will increase the amount of high quality work touring to greenfield festivals across the North of England – developing international links and focusing on accessibility and engaging new audiences as part of a partnership with Attitude is Everything.

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Arts Council England launches Cultural Education Challenge

The Arts Council has urged all those working in the arts and education industries to work together in offering a cultural education for all children and young people.

The Cultural Education Challenge was recently launched at the Barbican in London. It challenges sector leaders across the arts, education, local authorities, schools, higher education institutions and others to create new ways of working. It encourages them to share resources to create joined-up arts and cultural provisions locally, at a time when public funding remains under pressure.

Watch the Cultural Education Challenge video

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£2,773,941 awarded to local arts and cultural projects in the North

The Creative People and Places programme is designed to ensure more people create and experience great arts and culture in the places where they live. Following an initial investment of £37 million across 2013-16, the Arts Council is investing a further £10 million in projects in 2016-19, in two funding rounds and have invested over £5 million in six existing Creative People and Places projects, to help them build on their achievements and to continue to develop and deliver new arts and cultural activity in their communities.

Three of the projects are in the North:


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Printmakers create world’s longest linocut to celebrate Rugby World Cup

The world’s longest linocut, Scrum Down Print Forward, has just been made as part of the Rugby World Cup celebrations. Printmakers from across the UK worked together to set a new World Record for the longest linocut print ever created at 33 metres long. The finished print was presented to Twickenham’s World Rugby Museum on Thursday 29 October at 3.30pm, ahead of the tournament’s final on Saturday 31 October.

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