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

Resilient museums: Panel discussion & workshops

Over the next three years, the Arts Council’s focus will be on supporting museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses and to maximise the benefits they have in their communities.

With challenging times ahead, Arts Council England’s Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein, will be hosting a series of panel discussions and workshops about building a resilient museum sector for the future.    Continue reading

Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre wins prestigious national Stirling Prize

Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, which re-opened in March 2014, has won the prestigious national Stirling Prize for the best building of the year, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Designed by Haworth Tompkins architects, the Everyman beat off competition from the LSE’s student centre in Aldwych, the Shard, the Olympic aquatics centre, Manchester School of Art and the Library of Birmingham.

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Kerenza Gallery

Although based in Cornwall, Kerenza Gallery is an online gallery with strong ties with the North West. Whilst I live in Cornwall, I was born and bred in Liverpool. The three founder artists that joined me in setting up Kerenza Gallery, are all living and working in the Liverpool area – Jane Reilly, Elaine Preece Stanley and S. K. Stevens.

Orange Flowers by Jane Reilly

Orange Flowers by Jane Reilly

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New Manchester Embroidery group

I’d like to set up an informal meeting place/gathering in Manchester city centre where sewers/crafters/makers and embroiderers can get together and work on their projects. Although there are existing stitch ‘n’ bitch and knitting groups, there appears to be nothing central for embroiderers that is free and accessible. Continue reading

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