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ACE provides Catalyst for development

During 2012, around ten per cent of funds awarded through Arts Council England’s Catalyst fund – to help improve fundraising capacity – went to visual arts organisations.

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Turning Gove threat into golden opportunity

While Michael Gove’s recent scrapping of the English Baccalaureate Certificate is welcome, Q-art Director Sarah Rowles suggests that there’s much more work to be done when it comes to the wider issue of art education.

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100% cuts in Moray: “It sets the arts sector adrift”

While Harriet Harman’s comments have put Newcastle’s cuts to the arts back on the radar, in the North East of Scotland Moray Council is also about to vote to cut its entire arts budget. And while the figures are much smaller, the impact locally could be just as devastating.

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Launch Pad encourages North West artists not to take off

Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery is encouraging ‘user-generated’ content via its CG Associates scheme, which includes the Launch Pad series of short exhibitions. We find out more from artist Maurice Carlin and the gallery’s Deputy Director Clarissa Corfe.

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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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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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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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