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Local MP pledges support for the arts ahead of the CSR

Local MP pledges support for the arts ahead of the CSR

I don’t know about you, but here at Rich Mix we are waiting nervously for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to stand up in Parliament next week to make his announcement about the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review. It’s already clear from looking at…

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Producing theatre: from an arts centre perspective

Producing theatre: from an arts centre perspective

Adapted from a speech at Theatre Futures, an Arts Council England (North) event held in Leeds in October 2015 ARC is a multi-artform performing arts centre in Stockton on Tees. We aren’t a traditional ‘producing theatre’, but we have found ways to commission, produce and…

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We need to talk about your website

We need to talk about your website

I apologise for the terrifying-sounding title for this blog. It’s not that scary, honestly. I’m from Spektrix, where we make ticketing, marketing and fundraising software for the arts. We work with arts and cultural organisations in Europe and North America, but the core of our…

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What is the Arts Council for?

What is the Arts Council for?

As Alan Davey moves on to his new role at BBC Radio 3 – congratulations to him – we welcome Darren Henley as Chief Executive of Arts Council England. This change provides a chance to reflect on new ways of thinking about leadership of ACE,…

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A Party Political Broadcast for Arts Centres

A Party Political Broadcast for Arts Centres

With just six months to go until the general election, it felt timely to take a look at the current thinking about arts and culture amongst the political parties, and what this might mean for arts centres. One thing is for sure – the outcome…

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Arts Centres and the Music Industry

Arts Centres and the Music Industry

It is pretty much a given now that recording artists make money not from selling albums but from playing live. And for artists of certain musical genres and stages of their career, arts centres make up a substantial part of that live circuit, particularly outside…

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The Art of Programming

The Art of Programming

As arts venues across the country ready themselves for the start of their Autumn seasons, Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive of ARC, Stockton shares some of the challenges  and opportunities of programming a multi-artform venue. As far as I know, there is no such thing as ‘programming…

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What does an arts centre mean to you?

What does an arts centre mean to you?

In the wake of the National Portfolio announcement last week, a few artists answer the question ‘What does an arts centre mean to you?’. Have a look at their responses below:   I am so at home at the Albany these days I realise I…

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National Partnership of Arts Centres responds to Arts Council England Announcement

National Partnership of Arts Centres responds to Arts Council England Announcement

All nine National Partnership of Arts Centres members receive stand still funding 178 Combined Arts Organisations are part of the National Portfolio In line with 75% of National Portfolio Organisations, the nine National Partnership of Arts Centres members (ARC Stockton, artsdepot, Brewery Arts Centre, the…

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Networking: Nice to Do or Need to Do?

Networking: Nice to Do or Need to Do?

Chris Kirkwood, Chief Executive of Lincoln Drill Hall, on the value of being part of the Lincolnshire One Venues Network. Find out more about the network here. I have been working in the arts sector in the East Midlands for just over 10 years now. …

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