News & Opportunities

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Sustainability Project Sharing Day

28th March 2018, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ

Kelmscott Manor invites museums from around the area to come and find out more about their Arts Council England Resilience funded sustainability project and the Manor's plans, and to hear about what they have learnt.

In a time of political and economic uncertainty and an ever increasing demand on resources, Kelmscott Manor is looking for innovative ways to increase its profile and become more sustainable so that the Manor and its heritage will continue to attract visitors and be maintained for future generations. The day will feature talks about the project and also a talk by a professional fundraiser with a specialism in museums.

Lunch will be provided and a tour of the beautiful property will also be offered. The manor, famed for their cream teas, has been described as an 'utterly beautiful slice of heaven', and this is a day not to be missed! 

Diversity and the Creative Case, from Arts Council England

On Monday 8 December 2014, the Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette, gave a momentous speech during an event at Sadler's Wells signalling a ‘fundamental shift’ in the Arts Council’s approach to diversity, placing responsibility on every funded organisation to make their programme of work more reflective of the communities they serve. 

During the speech, which he described as one of the most important he has given as Chair, Sir Peter said that the starting point must be the art itself: ‘Britain’s got many, many talents. And our work should reflect and engage with all our talent and communities. That’s how we will ensure work of true ambition and enduring quality’.

The speech marks the adoption of the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity; an approach that sees the creative potential of diversity and equality as an opportunity to enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society.

Read or download the speech in full: PDFWord

The event also featured a lively debate chaired by BBC Radio 4’s frontrow host Kirsty Lang, featuring a diverse panel from across the arts and culture sector including:

  • Dawn Walton, Artistic Director - Eclipse Theatre Company
  • Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet
  • Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive - New Art Exchange
  • Maria Oshodi, Artistic Director and CEO – Extant
  • Rufus Norris, Director Designate, National Theatre

To read more and view the videos, visit the Arts Council website.  Join the debate by tweeting @ace_national #creativecase