MPs warn EBacc could create ‘cultural desert’

8 July 2016

Also this week: creative industries generate £84 billion a year for the UK economy, almost £10m an hour.

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MPs warn EBacc could create ‘cultural desert’

Cross-party MPs have urged the government to make the arts a core part of the GCSE curriculum, or risk leaving the education system a “cultural desert”. Read moe

Creative industries generate £84 billion a year for the UK economy, almost £10m an hour

New government figures have revealed just how important our filmmakers, musicians, artists and other creatives are to our economy, contributing £84 billion a year. Read more

Lloyd Webber gives £1.4m to secondary schools music programme

A scheme backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber to give free music lessons to school children has had its future secured for the next four years, with a boost of £1.4 million from the composer’s foundation. Read more

Number of BAME performing arts professionals up by 60% since 2011

The number of black, Asian and minority ethnic arts workers has surged by 59% over the past five years, according to new government figures. Read more

Museum of the Year 2016: V&A wins £100,000 prize

The Victoria & Albert Museum has pledged to support smaller museums across the country after being named the Museum of the Year 2016. The judges said the London-based V&A had "indisputably become one of the best museums in the world". Read more

£17m rescue plan for Harrow Arts Centre includes 600-seat theatre

Plans for a £17 million “centre of excellence for culture in north London” have been unveiled, with a 600-seat theatre part of the proposed development. Read more


Arts Award Summer School

From 1st - 6th August, Rabbits Road Institute are giving 14-19 year olds the chance to create their own studio and be an artist in residence for a week at the Rabbits Road Institute Arts Award Summer School. To apply please contact:

The Creative Dimension

This summer The Creative Dimension is back with a range of courses for young people aged 14-18 led by craft specialists who are world-leaders in their field. Find out more

Arts Award Support Surgery

If you are a trained Arts Award Adviser looking for support developing your Arts Award offer in your setting, join us at our support surgery on the 12th July 2016. Book here