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Corrie star helps save local theatre


A national campaign led by Coronation star Julie Hesmondhalgh and her husband Ian Kershaw has saved the Oldham Coliseum theatre.

Council has no plan to display £6.7m art


North Yorkshire Council has no current plan to display the majority of its £6.7m art collection after talks about using the former council chamber fell through.

Wakefield seeks acclaim as UK sculpture capital


Wakefield Council has devised a plan to boost tourism and gain recognition as the UK capital of sculpture.

Tower Hamlets mayor criticises removal of pro-Palestine murals


The decision by council officials in Tower Hamlets to remove murals depicting Palestinian journalists has been criticised by the borough’s mayor.

Council contractor apologises after painting over Zephaniah mural


A council contractor has apologized after painting over a mural of the late poet and Peaky Blinders star Benjamin Zephaniah in central Birmingham.

Culture spend down by £500m


Analysis has uncovered an almost £500m reduction in councils’ spending on libraries, culture, heritage and tourism since the onset of austerity.

Dorset awards half a million to local culture


Cultural services across Dorset are set to benefit from £486,000 over the next three years.

Culture year to launch with raft of events


A year-long programme of cultural activities in Wakefield is set to kick off with a day of 24 free events.

£450k to kick-start library transformation


A Manchester library has been awarded £453,964 to transform its Grade II Listed building and preserve its historic collections.

Northern councils join creative coalition


Local leaders across the north of England have joined leading creative industry figures to commit to developing a ‘northern creative corridor’ (NCC).

£240m venue launches with Danny Boyle extravaganza


Four years late and significantly over budget, a new cultural arena opened in Manchester yesterday with an immersive performance directed by Danny Boyle.

New festival to light up Scarborough


The Scarborough Lights festival will be launched next month as part of a three-year plan to boost arts, attract tourists and improve job opportunities on the North Yorkshire coast.

Where’s Wally? Stolen statue spotted and returned to council


A piece of art stolen in a heist 16 years ago has been returned to Ealing Council.

New ‘Brit School for the north’ gets go-ahead


The Government has approved plans for a new Brit School in Bradford, based on the renowned creative college in south London.

Hull’s city-wide mission to document public art


Hull City Council is calling on residents and visitors to photograph ‘hidden or neglected masterpieces’ as part of an audit of the city’s public art.

Dartfort BC unveils Rolling Stones statues


Visitors to Dartford will now be greeted by a bronze statues celebrating the borough’s most famous rock legends, Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Bradford displays painting ‘undoubtedly’ by Raphael in world first


A painting has gone on display in Bradford after more than 40 years of debate culminated in the AI-assisted discovery that it was the work of Raphael.

Over 70 cultural venues set for £60m investment


More than 70 libraries, museums and arts centres are to be given a £60m boost, culture secretary Lucy Frazer has announced.

Thanet Council dismantles Banksy’s ‘Valentine’s Day’ mural


An artwork by Banksy in Margate has been dismantled by the local council just hours after the artist claimed it as his.

Local arts funding faces £2.4bn gap


A multi-year funding settlement is essential for helping local authorities support the arts, council chiefs say as report reveals a £2.4bn culture funding gap.

How art can rejuvenate the High Street by guiding footfall


Chloe Brown outlines how East Staffordshire Borough Council is using art and cultural activities to bring more visitors to its town centres.

Over 100 places to receive targeted arts funding


Over 100 places that have been previously overlooked or neglected will be prioritised for arts funding.

Council spending on the arts has halved since 2010


Local authority expenditure on cultural services has fallen by 50% across England since 2009-2010, according to new research.

Council chiefs welcome plan to support creative arts


Local authorities are in a ‘unique position’ to support the creative arts and culture sector in their local areas, council chiefs say.

Council installs security to protect suspected Banksy


A district council has installed extra security around some graffiti that is thought to be a Banksy.

Government should provide £500m arts resilience fund, says study


The Government should devolve power over arts funding to councils and make a resilience fund available to support art and culture in local areas, report says.

Protecting art in a crisis


Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy outline how local authorities can play an important part in enabling arts and culture to flourish in their areas.

Art charity announces £2m to support museums and galleries


Museums and art galleries are to receive a much needed funding boost to help them weather the impact of Covid-19.

Arts council announces £160m of ‘emergency funding’


Council chiefs have welcomed the announcement of a multi-million-pound injection of funding to support the arts sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

Winners announced for Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020


A Windrush festival and a theatre company helping those affected by addiction are among the winners of this year's Hearts for the Arts awards.

TPA hits out at council art collections


The Tax Payers’ Alliance has also hit out at councils across the UK for owning art collections worth nearly £1.9bn and only displaying less than a third of the pieces.

Whitehall announces £250m of culture spending


The Government has announced £250m of funding for cultural projects, libraries, museums and the creative industries after a decade of cuts.

Ed Sheeran calls for public funding of 'aspiring artists'


Chart-topping singer songwriter Ed Sheeran has joined industry leaders to warn that home-grown artistic talent could disappear without public funding.

Five areas to share £20m cultural development fund


The five areas to receive £20m of funding to invest in culture have been unveiled by the Government.

Manchester to double its contribution to arts venue


Manchester City Council is set to more than double its contribution to delivering a new arts venue after the cost of project rose by nearly £20m.

£5m scheme to help young people access the arts launched


The Government has announced the establishment of five Youth Performance Partnerships to give young people greater access to the performing arts.

New guide encourages cooperation between arts and health sector


A new guide aims to encourage people in the arts and health services to work together to prevent illness and improve wellbeing.

Online hub created for councils to share innovative ways to invest in culture


Financially-squeezed councils can now access a specialised online hub designed to help them share innovative ways to invest in culture.

Arts and culture funding to be shifted away from the capital


Funding for arts and culture outside of London will be increased by 4% by 2022, Arts Council England has announced.

Councils cutting arts and culture budgets by nearly a fifth, finds report


Investment in arts and culture by local authorities has fallen by £236m since 2010, a new report has revealed today.

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