Three organisations awarded the first Ambition for Excellence awards

4 December 2015

Also this week: £45m given in donations to cultural sector in 2014, and new report reveals cities recognise the benefits of culture

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Three organisations awarded the first Ambition for Excellence awards

Three organisations will receive a total of £1.1m from the Arts Council's new Ambition for Excellence programme set up to stimulate and support ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector. The funding will be used towards talent development programmes with a focus on diverse artists. Read more

Million pound donors give £45m to culture

Twenty-three gifts of over £1m were made to organisations in the cultural sector in 2014, according to the latest ‘Million Dollar Donors’ report, the value of which totalled £45m. The figures are significantly down on the previous year however. Read more

Cities recognise benefits of culture, report finds

Spurred by regeneration, tourism and inwards investment agendas, cities are increasingly seeing culture as a mechanism through which they can deliver good quality of life, according to a new report. Read more

How digital tech can bridge gaps between museums and audiences

Museums are discovering projects such as digitised collections are helping them to reach new audiences. Mia Ridge and Danny Birchall investigate the new ways museums are embracing digital to allow new voices to speak about cultural heritage. Read more

Alan Yentob steps down as BBC creative director

Alan Yentob has resigned as the BBC's creative director in the wake of controversy over his role as chairman of the Kids Company charity. However he will continue to make and present programmes for the corporation, including arts show Imagine. Read more


Diversity and the Creative Case

On Monday 7 December Arts Council England (ACE) are holding an event in Birmingham to celebrate one year since they announced a fundamental shift in their approach to diversity. The event will reflect on what they have achieved so far and how they can keep this collective ambition alive.

You can watch the event live on the ACE website from 11am-12.30pm on Monday (a recording will be available afterwards). Speakers include Indhu Rabusingham from the Tricycle, Jonathan Watkins from Ikon Gallery and ACE's Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette. More info

After Hours: The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop

On Monday 14th December Tate Modern are offering 15-25 year olds the chance to attend a free private viewing of their ‘The World Goes Pop’ exhibition. Young people will be invited to make their own page to add to a communal zine in a workshop exploring the power of self-publishing and feminism, and have their photo taken in a self-confidence photo booth. There will also be free refreshments and music. Book here

An Introduction To Housing Associations & Developers

Cockpit Arts and A New Direction, in partnership with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, are running an introductory session which will explore potential opportunities for partnership between arts organisations and housing associations. The event takes place on Wednesday 20th January and is completely free. Book here

Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference 2016

On 3 March 2016, The Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference will bring together leaders from across the creative industries for a day of learning, inspiration and debate. Darren Henley (CEO, Arts Council England) is among the confirmed speakers, and delegates from across business and education will debate the impact of nurturing skills and talent. Book here