GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE The loan arrangers: Two years into the Arts Impact Fund

Loans, rather than grants could be the way forward for some arts organisations seeking to expand. Fran Sanderson of Nesta looks at a pilot project – the Arts Impact Fund

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DEA BIRKETT Out of our class

The classroom is
not the first place of learning, and it’s time the importance of informal education was acknowledged, says Dea Birkett

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Lawrence's Wellington saved for nation

Sir Thomas Lawrence's unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington has been saved for the nation following a public appeal that raised almost £1m.

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Ally Pally restoration starts

Work has begun on the £27m restoration of Alexandra Palace.

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Elaine Bedell to head up Southbank Centre

ITV’s director of entertainment, Elaine Bedell, is to be the new chief executive of the Southbank Centre, starting in May.

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Peer demands ‘Make local arts funding statutory’

Local authorities should be legally required to fund the arts, crossbench peer Lord Clancarty has told the House of Lords.

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BBC leads ‘unprecedented’ nation-wide culture rescue mission

The BBC has joined up with the four British arts councils and with organisations such as the National Theatre and the Young Vic to launch a five year drive to bring new audiences to the arts, against a stark a warning from the BBC’s chief that without such initiatives live venues will close.

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Serota launches arts education probe

In his first speech as chairman of Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota has launched an investigation into how creativity among young people can best be nurtured.

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ACE awards nearly £4 million for library projects

Arts Council England and DCMS have awarded 30 local authorities’ libraries services £3.9 million for innovative projects.

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Mosul monument wins next Plinth spot

Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson have won the next two commissions for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, with Rakowitz’s The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist going up next year.

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