Menu

Policy and research news

Third Sector Research Centre survey on community action and social media

Third Sector Research Centre survey on community action and social media
Use of social media is widely believed to be transforming democracy and community action, but evidence is scant. The Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham is researching the use and non-use of social media for community action among community groups in England. The research is being undertaken with support from the Barrow Cadbury […]
 

Welsh Government Deputy Minister refocuses the arts debate on active participation

On Thursday 12 February 2015, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates AM, gave a groundbreaking address to the Arts Council of Wales national annual conference, ‘Risking Delight – the arts as a resource for hope’, in which he shifted the debate on public policy for the arts to the core of Voluntary […]
 

Warwick Commission Report endorses Our Cultural Commons

Warwick Commission Report endorses Our Cultural Commons On the evening of 17 February 2015, ‘Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – The 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value’ was published.
Read about the Report and Voluntary Arts joint response with 64 Million Artists and Fun Palaces
In it, the Commission endorses Our Cultural Commons, the major new initiative […]
 

Response to the Warwick Commission Report #EveryoneCreative

Radically Democratising the Arts – A Cultural Grassroots #EveryoneCreative In a joint statement with partner organisations 64 Million Artists and Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts has issued a reponse to ‘Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth – The 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value’, which was published on 17 February 2015.
Extracts […]
 

Jennie Lee’s White Paper 50th Anniversary

25 February 2015 – three months before the next General Election – marks the 50th anniversary of Jennie Lee’s historic White Paper, A Policy for the Arts: The First Steps.
The White Paper sought to reverse a pattern of arts funding established in the first 20 years of practice by the Arts Council of Great Britain. […]
 

Amateo creates European memorandum

Amateo creates European memorandum Voluntary Arts is a founding member of Amateo, the European network for active participation in cultural activities. In the light of the European elections 2014, the Board of Amateo has recently created a European memorandum addressed to European policy makers.
This memorandum draws attention to the field of amateur arts as a core part of culture, […]
 

Culture Guides – increasing access to creative cultural activities

Culture Guides – increasing access to creative cultural activities
A major goal of cultural policy is to ensure free and equal access to art and culture experiences for all citizens – experiences that can enliven and enlighten people, changing their lives for the better, with positive implications for both the individual and society.
These experiences can be particularly valuable for people from parts of society […]
 

Criminal records portability comes into effect

From 17 June 2013, for an annual subscription of £13, individuals that apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check can keep their DBS certificate up to date and take it with them from role to role within the same ‘workforce’ – where the same type and level of check is required.
With the […]
 

Deregulation of the Licensing Act

Deregulation of the Licensing Act A draft order that will remove the need for entertainment licences for most plays, dance and indoor sport, has been laid before Parliament by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The order is the first part of the implementation of the Licensing Act deregulation package announced earlier in the year. 
Provided that Parliament gives consent, […]
 

Petition to remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events

Petition to remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, councils can designate areas within which people must buy a licence to hand out leaflets. Nearly a third of councils now restrict leafleting, and licences are prohibitively expensive.
These rules have been catastrophic for theatres, village halls, comedy clubs and small nightclubs, which rely on leafleting, but cannot […]
 
Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345. Registered Office: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK.