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Arts Council England announces eighteenth round of funding for Strategic touring programme

04 March 2015


Arts Council England is today (4 March 2015) announcing the successful applicants to the latest round of its Strategic touring programme. 18 organisations will receive a total of £3,971,175.

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Lucian Freud's Auerbachs distributed throughout the UK

02 March 2015

In 2014, Arts Council England, announced the largest ever single acceptance in lieu: the collection of paintings and drawings by Frank Auerbach collected by his friend and fellow-artist Lucian Freud who died in 2011.

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Economic Impact of Museums in England report published and successful applicants of the Museums resilience fund are announced

02 March 2015

Museums and Libraries

Arts Council England has today (2 March) published an independent report by the economic development and research consultancy TBR that looks at the economic impact museums have on local and national economies.

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At risk of export: a rare 19th century photographic album

24 February 2015

An album containing seventy photographs by one of the most important photographers of the 19th century is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer can be found to match the £82,600 auction price.

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Rare Collection of 20th Century & Contemporary Ceramics accepted for the nation under the Cultural Gifts Scheme

23 February 2015

An encyclopaedic collection of 327 ceramic items formed by one of the most important British potters of the last 50 years, Alan Caiger-Smith, has been acquired for the nation under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and allocated to Great Dixter House in East Sussex.

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Rare Italian Photography Collection allocated to Tate under the Cultural Gifts Scheme

16 February 2015

A group of 40 rare prints by 6 major figures in 20th-century Italian photography has been acquired for the nation under the Cultural Gifts Scheme and allocated to Tate. The Cultural Gifts Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major initiative to encourage life-time giving to UK public collections. This marks the first time the scheme has been used to bring a group of photographs into the national collection. Their allocation to Tate also reflects the increasingly important role photography now plays in Tate’s collection and programme.

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Arts Council announces special funding arrangements for two organisations

12 February 2015

The Arts Council today (12 February) announces that two organisations, English National Opera and Colchester’s firstsite gallery, will not be admitted into its National portfolio of organisations for 2015-18. Instead they will be placed under special funding arrangements.

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Arts Council England announces Random Acts Network Centres to support diverse young arts film makers

10 February 2015

The Arts Council has today (10 February) announced four Random Acts Network Centres across England which will create a ‘network’ to develop young people’s talent and provide them with entry points for the arts and creative industries.

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Minister blocks export of painting by Claude

02 February 2015

Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export bar on a 17th century painting by Claude Lorrain, providing a last chance to keep it in the UK. Considered to be one of the finest examples of the painter’s seaport and harbour scenes, the painting is now due to leave British shores unless a matching offer of £5,066,500 can be raised, following its purchase by an overseas buyer.

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Arts Council England announces support for Cultural Export and Exchange

15 January 2015

Today (15 January 2015) Arts Council England opens new International funds. The £18m Cultural export and exchange programme will run from 2015-18, promoting the best of English arts and culture overseas and bringing outstanding work from abroad to English audiences.

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