Arts Council of England update

30 April 2002, United Kingdom

Cultural diversity

The Arts Council and the Council of Europe collaborated on a two-day seminar in February, on tackling the challenge of diversifying mainstream cultural space, from galleries to city centres.

Called 'The Shared Space', (after a phrase in the UNESCO Culture Report), the conference brought together 44 arts managers from 12 different countries, to compare notes and engage in two extended sessions of problem solving. The seminar was hosted by the Royal Opera House and delegates were welcomed to an evening reception by UK Minister for the Arts, Baroness Blackstone.

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The arts and young offenders

A conference, 'Including the Arts, preventing youth offending', jointly sponsored by the Arts Council of England, the Youth Justice Board and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, was held at Tate Modern in London on 21 March.

A keynote speech was given by UK Secretary of State, Tessa Jowell. The conference was chaired by Lord Warner, chair of the Youth Justice Board.

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Education programs in dance and drama companies

The UK National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has recently published two reports on research sponsored by the Arts Council of England.

Acting with Intent: Theatre Companies and their Education Programmes, by Dick Downing, Mary Ashworth and Alison Stott, presents information on the aims and intents of education work in theatre companies, examines how these aims are translated into practice, investigates the relationship between the educational work and the overall artistic mission of the theatre companies and how the identity of a theatre company relates to their education policy. The results of the research will be used to inform developments in the policy and practice of theatre company education activity, and to develop the policy of funding bodies to better suit the needs of companies and artists.

Aims in Motion: Dance Companies and their Education Programmes, by Kate Castle, Mary Ashworth and Pippa Lord, presents similar data for dance companies.

Summaries of both reports can be found online at the NFER website: and