Organisations in the North to benefit from £2.5 million in Capital funding

Twelve organisations across the North will benefit from the last 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 audiences. Continue reading

Refurbished Whitworth Gallery attracts 18,000 visitors on opening weekend

The Whitworth Art Gallery reopened on 14 February after a £15 million refurbishment that has transformed the 125 year old gallery and fully integrated it with the park. Nearly 18,000 visitors joined in the celebrations over the weekend – 2,000 more visitors than the gallery would record in an average month prior to closing.

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How donations & sponsorship are helping cultural organisations in the North

Arts and culture in this country thrive on a mixed funding model of which donations and sponsorship are a very important element.

Two of the Arts Council’s National portfolio organisations in Greater Manchester have recently received significant financial investment of this nature – the Hallé Orchestra through sponsorship and The Lowry from two donations. Continue reading

New Research Grants Programme now open for applications

The Arts Council have just launched their new Research Grants Programme, which aims to provide opportunities for the arts sector to engage in collaborative research to explore in depth the impact that arts and culture can have on the cultural, social, educational and economic landscape. We want this work to enhance the existing evidence base. Continue reading

Oxheys Winter programme

Oxheys Mill Studios in Preston has announced plans for a program of events around their annual Winter exhibition which opens on 20th November from 6-8pm. Past winter exhibitions at Oxheys have been well attended and always popular as artists offer varying interpretations on the theme of winter in a wide and diverse range of art forms. This year, instead of an open exhibition, the work is from resident artists, several of whom have joined in the past year and not previously exhibited there. There is also work from some invited artists who have supported the venture since it was founded 3 years ago. Continue reading

Create: A journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture

Next week, the Arts Council will publish Create: A journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture.

The publication features a series of thought-provoking pieces from a wide range of contributors about the world we live in and the role that arts and culture play in education, economy, health, and our hopes as a society. Continue reading