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Have you got the Monday blues today? Here's why we think art and culture can make you happier in 2017.

Help us spread the word if you think #culturematters!

Goodbye to Blue Monday | Arts Council England
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"We owe it to all our children to give them every chance in life"

Richard Russell, our Chief Operating Officer, on his new role at the Arts Council, addressing barriers to young people's access to arts and culture

All our children | Arts Council England
"We knew the potential had always been there, it was just waiting for some investment to light the ambition."

Read our guest blog post about Unlimited - our flagship programme supporting disabled artists - from Tony Heaton of Shape Arts.

Shaping Unlimited | Arts Council England
Does your work involve engaging with communities?

Take a look at these top tips from our guest blogger James Williams of Watford Palace Theatre...

Nine things I learned about community engagement | Arts Council England
This stage-to-screen film of the epic sell-out production of King Lear was broadcast on BBC4 on Christmas Day 2016.

A co-production from Talawa and the Royal Exchange Theatre (both Arts Council supported through our National portfolio), it starred Don Warrington and was filmed in the round in Manchester, in front of an audience.

The original theatrical stage production played to sell-out...
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NEW ON OUR BLOG: Our Chief Executive Darren Henley on why he's looking forward to seeing Hull as UK City of Culture in 2017

2017: One Hull of a Year! | Arts Council England
Blown away by the new lunchtime choir in our Manchester office. This after an hour's practice!
New on our blog: John Orna-Ornstein, our Museums Director, on how museums are subverting our expectations, and why we should encourage it to happen more

Imagine a Museum | Arts Council England
What a year it's been! Want an exclusive round-up of our best stories from 2016? Sign up for our newsletter before 10am tomorrow (Tuesday): [ Link ]
For the final week of #CreativeChristmas we're asking you to tweet the plot of your favourite festive film or panto using only emojis. Can we guess what it is?

Head over to our Twitter to join in with our weekly festive activities!
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NEW ON OUR BLOG: 'Nine things I learned about community engagement'

James Williams, resident director for participation at Watford Palace Theatre, blogs for us about how they solved the problem of getting local young people to engage in the work they do

Nine things I learned about community engagement | Arts Council England
This week for #CreativeChristmas: Share your favourite festive decoration! Let us know what you can find or even create yourself... ❄

Head over to our Twitter to join in with our weekly festive activities!
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Join us Monday for a live stream of our Power through Diversity event. Discussion, debate and perspectives on diversity in arts and culture. Produced & hosted by the brilliant Contact, Manchester, in partnership with us. Tune in at from 11am Monday. See you there...
Over the next three weeks we're celebrating a #CreativeChristmas! Join in with our weekly festive activities. This week: Festive Consequences! [ Link ]
What do Harry Potter and the Teletubbies have in common?

In the latest education-themed article for our Create journal, Anne Wood (one of the most influential figures in children's television, and part of the team behind Rosie & Jim and In the Night Garden) tells us why the arts are so important for young children's development.

Read it here!

Latest contributions | Arts Council England
New on our blog: “My life changed the day I walked into the library”- Brian Ashley, our Libraries Director, blogs about how our new fund is going to help libraries to be life-changing. [ Link ]

“My life changed the day I walked into the library” | Arts Council England
On Thursday 17 November the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture was awarded to Helen Marten at an awards ceremony at The Hepworth Wakefield.

The £30,000 prize recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The award was presented to the artist by Christopher Bailey,...
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RAMM Don’t be Afraid of the Dark 7 - part of Museums at Night 2016

Image © Matt Austin
"For anyone who works in, visits or donates to an arts and culture organisation....the data from the Private Investment in Culture Survey published today by the Arts Council is both hugely interesting and hugely valuable." Michelle Wright considers how we prepare for future fundraising post-Referendum in our blog: [ Link ]

How do we prepare for future fundraising post-Referendum? | Arts Council England
On raving and the sublime: “It’s a reassuring feeling to see someone very different from you that likes something as much as you do”. We discuss the art and community of rave in our blog with music artist, Will Dickie.

On raving and the sublime | Arts Council England