5 November 2022


Arts Council England Announce Shock Levelling Up Measures

Arts Council England has announced a £43.5 million shift in funding as part of the Government’s pet project ‘Levelling up’. ACE is the main organisation distributing grants to arts, culture, and creativity in England.

9 February 2022


Punk It! Sotheby’s $30m NFT Sale – Yinka Shonibare Takes On Sketch Revamp – Museum Recovery Support Announced By ACE And Lottery Fund

Following the success of Sotheby’s inaugural NFT sales in 2021, which to date have achieved $100 million since launching less than a year ago, Sotheby’s announces the first dedicated live evening auction for NFTs, Punk It!, a single-lot sale of 104 CryptoPunks on 23 February. Carrying the landmark estimate of $20/30 million, the sale marks […]

15 March 2020

Arts Council England Promises Arts Support But Warns Of Closures

Arts Council England has released a statement outlining support for the arts during the COVID 19 crisis. In a statement released today (Sunday 15 March) the organisation is spearheading a programme of support.

18 December 2017


Elisabeth Murdoch Appointed To Arts Council England National Council – Should We Worry?

On 5th December, seven new appointments were quietly made to Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Council, its governing board. This included the controversial choice of Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. 

21 October 2016


Arts Council England Announces Seven Projects To Receive £6m Additional Funding

Arts Council England has announced a further three years of investment for seven Creative People and Places projects. They are receiving a total of £6,315,305 to build on the achievements made possible through the current fund.

8 September 2016


Congratulations: Sir Nicholas Serota Appointed New Chair of Arts Council England

The new culture Secretary, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, has appointed Sir Nicholas Andrew Serota, CH, as the new Chair of Arts Council England for a term of four years, commencing on 1 February 2017. Serota will take over from Sir Peter Bazalgette in the role.  Nicholas Serota has transformed the Tate during his time there, making it […]

18 April 2016


Arts Council England Reports £230m Decline In Arts Funding Since 2010

A revealing report by the New Local Government Network and Arts Council England (ACE)  has uncovered figures that we already suspected, that local authority investment in arts and culture has declined by 17%, £236m, since 2010. Peter Bazalgette, the outgoing chairman of ACE, said: “We know you are under pressure. Let’s work together to develop new, creative and innovative solutions […]

13 October 2015


Data-Led Art Championed By Arts Council England With £33k Grant

Two new open data-led artworks will now be developed for the Open Data Institute’s Data as Culture programme, by its artists in residence Thomson & Craighead and Natasha Caruana, thanks to £33,800 ‘Grants for the Arts’ funding supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Since the ODI’s inception in 2012, […]

28 May 2015


Darren Henley Arts Council England’s New Head Speaks Out Against Further Cuts

Darren Henley the new head of Arts Council England has said further arts cuts should be halted as the government seeks to balance the books. He also hailed recent progress in cultivating culture around the country, in his first speech since becoming Arts Council chief executive. Mr Henley was speaking in Hull, he stated that the arts made a difference “educationally, […]

30 December 2014


British Museums Warned Against Selling Off Works Of National Importance

It has been announced by the The Museums Association (MA) that publicly funded museums that seek to sell off works of importance to the nation, will face tougher sanctions. The MA, the body that overseas the UK’s museums, is to tighten up its ethics code to avoid controversial sell-offs of valuable antiquities from cash-strapped museum […]

6 November 2014


Boris Johnson Warns Against London Art Funding Cuts

London Mayor Boris Johnson has warned against cutting the capital’s arts funding after a group of MPs asked Arts Council England to focus on regional arts funding and reduce its focus on the capital. This call came after a new House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee report that said there was a […]

29 September 2014


Leicester Opens German Expressionism Collection To Public After Major Revamp

LEICESTER’S New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating the completion of a major project  that aims to open up its world-renowned German Expressionist collection to a much wider audience of people. Thanks to support from Arts Council England, the city council’s curators have been able to study and develop the collection of around 500 […]

21 July 2014


Arts Council England Agree To Monitor Fair Pay For Artists

Arts Council England has agreed to monitor commitment to fair pay to artists through the NPO application process and NPO funding agreements. This early success provides a strong foundation for what happens next. Paying Artists have been hard at work consulting with galleries and other visual arts organisations on delivering transparency in exhibition policies and […]

2 July 2014


Arts Council England: New Grants For 122 Visual Arts Organisations

Arts Council England has announced details of its investment plans for the next three years 2015-2018 including its new national portfolio of arts organisations and museums representing a major public investment in England’s arts and culture. 670 arts organisations (NPOs) and 21 Major Partner Museums (MPMs) have received funding. 46 arts organisations join the portfolio […]

31 July 2013


Arts Council England Announce 2015 – 2018 Investment Plans

A new application process for organisations wishing to apply for Arts Council National portfolio and Major partner museum funding from 2015 to 2018 will open in January 2014. The overall budget for National portfolio organisations and Major partner museums is anticipated to be reduced by five per cent in real terms in 2015/16. In order […]

14 June 2013


DCMS Announces 8% Cut In Arts Spending For 2015-2016

The (DCMS) Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced an 8% cut in spending for the period 2015-2016. The deal, made with the Treasury is understood to be across the board effecting all arts disciplines and museums. Peter Bazalgette, the newly appointed Chair of Arts Council England, said it was a “massive result” for […]

12 June 2013


Gasworks To Receive £1million Commitment From Arts Council England

Gasworks has received a £1million commitment from Arts Council England towards the purchase and renovation of its building. Established in 1994, Gasworks is a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing eleven artists’ studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. Seven studios are rented to […]

4 April 2013


Tate St Ives Granted £2.8m From Heritage Lottery Fund

The Tate gallery located in the west Cornwall town of St Ives has been awarded £2.5m in funds from the Heritage lottery Commission. The grant has been allocated to extend and renovate its current building. Future development plans also include the creation of a two-storey learning centre for visitors and a purpose built permanent exhibition […]

12 February 2013


Arts Council England And VisitEngland Announce New Cultural Partnership

Arts Council England and VisitEngland have announced that by working together to coordinate activity, both will grow the value of tourism in England’s cultural sector. This will also stimulate local jobs and ensure the sustainability of culture around the country. The partnership statement sets out how Arts Council England and VisitEngland will work together. A […]

8 November 2012


Masterpieces Gifted In Lieu Of Tax Tops £25 Million

Valuable masterpieces by Sir Joshua Reynolds, JMW Turner and Peter Paul Rubens have been given to the nation in lieu of tax

29 October 2012


Arts Council England Introduces Two Million Pound Funding Grants

If you thought that all Arts Council England grants had dried up, think again, Applications are invited for three new Arts Council grant schemes which aim to improve the long-term sustainability, diversity and resilience of the arts and cultural sector. Arts Council England (ACE)  have given details of how to apply for its Catalyst Arts: […]

27 April 2012


Brighton Promises Biggest Ever Visual Art Festival

With significant funding from Arts Council England, HOUSE 2012 promises to be the most ambitious visual arts festival in Brighton to date. Working in and beyond the gallery walls, HOUSE 2012 presents a carefully curated exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist David Batchelor’s work, alongside 5 other major new commissions. These projects will see artists make […]

22 February 2012


The Space Announce Winning Applicants For Digital Project

New Arts Council England project launched with BBC Arts Council England and the BBC today announced the 53 successful applicants that will be creating hundreds of hours of original commissions for The Space.A new experimental digital service, managed by the Arts Council and developed in partnership with the BBC, will launch in May and run […]

26 January 2012


Arts Council England Pay Artists To Burn Their Work

Michael Landy’s Art Bin trumped by The Manchester Art Bonfire We all remember Michael Landy’s ‘Art Bin’ constructed in 2010, where artists were encouraged to throw away unloved works of art. Well now the Arts Council has allocated £3,000 of National Lottery money for the second Manchester Art Bonfire. Last year’s event was supported by […]

29 March 2011


Arts Council Funding Cuts Latest

1,333 arts organisations entered the new National Portfolio application process. 695 realised funding, leaving 638 to sink or swim. The organisations some new many established were all judged on their viability as a business model as well as their unique contributive artistic characteristics. The sucessful aplicants will receive funding over the next three years. New […]

30 January 2011


Arts Council Creates Fund For Arts To Enter Digital Age

“The Arts should embrace new business models and technology” – Ed Vaizey Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, speaking at the Culture Change Conference in London last week, announced that the Arts Council and NESTA will draw up proposals for a scheme to support the notion that, “The arts industry should explore innovative and creative ways of […]

25 January 2011


Arts Council England To Sell Off Artworks

Dame Liz Forgan, the chair, of the Arts Council told a group of MPs in the Culture Select Committee that Arts Council England is considering selling some of its public collection so it can acquire new works. She stated, “it is not, out of the question and it was being considered.” This has raised more […]