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A curator working with young people

The commercial curator

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about the changing role of curators, and the inventive approaches to earning income for museums

Drummers walking through Blackpool

Grit and glamour in Blackpool

Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life

A young woman in a Create t-shirt holds a dance pose while performing on stage against a bright green backdrop

On culture and caring

Nicky Goulder on the impact of art and culture on young carers, and how creativity can helps us to step into someone else's shoes

A woman is sat on a box in the foreground. The setting is dark. Blurred images of people are in the background, as if moving or not quite there anymore.

What makes ‘great’ art

Simon Mellor, Executive Director of Arts and Culture, on what makes ‘great’ art and how we’re helping organisations measure the quality of their work

A Carnival performer in pink in front of Police Officers

Podcast: The arts of Carnival

As Notting Hill Carnival celebrates its 50th year, we talk to three authorities in the sector about where this unique spectacle came from, why it’s so popular, and how it can secure a more stable future.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Archaeology Store at Leeds Discovery Centre 2. Spark Drummers at Blackpool Illuminations. Photo © Claire Griffiths 3. A young carer performs at Sadler’s Wells during inspired:arts. Photo © Alicia Clarke 4. A Winter's Tale at The Barbican Centre, produced by Cheek by Jowl. Photo © Johan Persson / Cheek by Jowl 5. Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service, Mosaic Activity at Colchester Castle, Feb 2016 6. Notting Hill Carnival 2014 © Steve Shaw 7. 'Emil and the Detectives' by Red Earth Theatre. Photo © Red Earth Theatre / Robert Day 8. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 9. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 10. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 11. Illustration © Arts Council England 12. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford