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Gove U-turns on EBC, but where does that leave EBacc?

While campaigners against the EBacc have welcomed Michael Gove’s scrapping of the English Baccalaureate Certificate and the announcement of a new performance measure for schools in England that will include arts subjects, the detail is far from clear.

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The Tetley site, Project Space Leeds. Photo: Stephen Iles
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Project Space Leeds: “It’s all there for the taking”

With its new home in the old Tetley brewery and a recent six figure grant from ACE, these are exciting times for Project Space Leeds. We pay a site visit and speak to co-directors Pippa Hale and Kerry Harker about their plans for a new contemporary arts hub.

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New work for Northern Art Prize

Details of the new and specially commissioned work by the four artists shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize 2013, which opens at Leeds Art Gallery in March, have been announced.

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Relief for Royal Standard in rates worry

The Royal Standard, Liverpool’s renowned artist-led studios and gallery, is facing a brighter future after resolving – for now – the rates relief issue that threatened its existence.

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Conference report: Taking the Offensive

Organised by Index on Censorship, Taking the Offensive: Defending Artistic Freedom of Expression in the UK, was a timely and important conference that asked important questions about free speech in the arts.

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Kit Craig, As Representative Of The Imaginative Faculty
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Home is where the art is…

Contemporary Art Society North has partnered with commercial galleries from Bristol and London for pop-up exhibition tours of the homes of collectors in Manchester.

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Let them eat buildings

In the light of Arts Council England’s recent capital grants announcement, Alistair Gentry asks when investment in the work of new, financially strapped artists will be given the same priority.

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ACE capital investment announcement

Arts Council England has announced details of the organisations that are to receive capital funding from both the large and small capital grants programme, including a number of visual arts projects.

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Scotland + Venice artists’ talks announced

In the lead up to this year’s Venice Biennale, Scotland + Venice is presenting a series of talks by Hayley Tompkins, Corin Sworn and Duncan Campbell, the three artists representing Scotland at the 55th International Art Exhibition.

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EBacc letter handed in at Downing Street

The campaign against the exclusion of the arts from the proposed English Baccalaureate Certificate stepped up a gear today with the handing in at Downing Street of a letter to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

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