Step inside: how the arts can help the excluded

Never before have society’s minorities felt more alone than in the lockdowns. The effect for many who look to small communities within our towns and cities for security has been to feel doubly excluded, from their own groups and from the wider neighbourhood.

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Keith Merrin to head Tyne & Wear museums

Keith Merrin is moving from Sunderland Culture, which he has headed for three years, to succeed Iain Watson as director of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.

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Wales’s £6.2m safeguard funding for national museum & library

The Welsh government is giving an extra £6.2m to safeguard the National Museum and the National Library of Wales.

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THE WORD Without a new art brand the city is dead

Businesses in arts and entertainment need tough, commercially driven brand strategies if they are to survive says Stephen Izatt, managing director of brand strategy at the creative agency Thinkfarm

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Leicester Comedy Fest goes on – with some old favourites

 The Leicester Comedy Festival is to go ahead, opening tomorrow, with stars from its early years returning for the live-streamed event.

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Dorset lakeside sculpture binge for top artists

Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester is to host a sculpture festival in which 200 pieces by more than 30 leading British artists will be on display this spring.

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Garfield Weston’s £30m arts rescue fund

A new one-off £30m Covid rescue fund for the arts has been announced today by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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Award of time for Arts Foundation winners

Five creatives from difference aspects of the cultural spectrum have won this year’s Art Foundation Futures Fellowship Awards, representing choral composition, materials innovation, environmental writing, visual arts and theatre makers.

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ACE and Heritage Lottery give £6m for Commonwealth Games culture programme

Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund are giving £6m between them to create a six-month cultural programme around the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year.

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You can be in the Great Big Art Exhibition

People across the UK are being invited to turn their front windows into art galleries by the artist Antony Gormley, to create the Great Big Art Exhibition.

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