Visible Trade: the story behind UK imports and exports

Union Jack Shoes by Northampton Museum, on Flickr The recent Made in Britain TV series from the BBC and Open University has been fun and interesting viewing.  As data fanatics, the MyCake team love the OU’s Visible Trade data visualisation tool which allows you to explore 20 years’ worth of the UK’s imports and exports. The Read the full article…

£500k Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture

A great opportunity for digital developers to work in the arts has arisen through a R&D fund partnership between Arts Council England, AHRC and NESTA.  Up to £100k per project is available for support to arts and cultural organisations across England who want to work with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement, Read the full article…

Counting the true cost of the cuts to arts

Lost Arts is a unique new website dedicated to recording everything we are loosing due to the funding cuts for the arts over the next three years, until the next government review in 2015.  The site will be recording in detail what exactly the real effects of the cuts are. If you have been effected, please enter your cuts Read the full article…

CulturEuro seminars for funding opportunities from the EU

The last CulturEuro seminars before the Autumn are this week: 28 June in London and 30 June in Manchester. CulturEuro seminars provide the latest information on the range of funding opportunities from the EU, including from the Culture programme, where the UK has one of the highest success rates of any EU member state. Visit Read the full article…

Business survival toolkit ~ new from Creative & Culture Skills

  There is a new free toolkit available ~ the Business Survival Toolkit helps you whether you are self-employed, run a small creative team, or manage a cultural business of two hundred people. The toolkit has been developed to help you: Manage reductions in income Reduce costs Improve performance Grow income Prepare for the future upturn and Read the full article…

new research on creative industries access to finance

BIS and DCMS have published new research  on creative industry businesses access to finance.  The research shows there are variations in access to finance across different creative industry sub-sectors, with some sectors more likely to have their finance applications rejected by finance providers compared to other businesses with similar risk profiles. Key Findings Creative Content Read the full article…

Local Authority Arts Spending Survey 2011/12

Arts Development UK, recently relaunched by NALGAO, has published its Local Authority Arts Spending survey for 2011/12.  You can read more and download the full survey here. Overall the prospects are gloomy yet local authority arts services continue to deliver high quality arts work and address local priories: The picture of local government funding for the Read the full article…