The New Audiences Funding Programme was a tremendous success and many people were sorry to see the scheme come to an end. The good news is that funding for Audiences Development and Marketing initiatives is now available from Grants for the arts, the Arts Council’s grants scheme. There is an increase of two million pounds in this scheme for organizations, which surpasses the amount previously available through the New Audiences Programme. Jane Beardsworth, Head of Development is the lead officer for Audience Development in the north-west office. click here for details: Valuer Brisbane
Arts Council England has published Keeping Arts Safe, a 60-page document written in collaboration with the NSPCC, to provide guidelines for arts organizations on devising policies and procedures to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in arts activities. From 2003/4 funded organizations will have to adopt and implement a written policy and set of procedures to address these issues.
Arts Council England suggests that all arts organizations must make a commitment to protecting these groups and put new policy and procedures in place to ensure, for example, that staff is cleared through the Criminal Records Bureau, and that organizations have procedures of what to do when a child or vulnerable adult discloses abuse. Arts Council England, North West has announced an exciting new art residency, working with new media technologies in collaboration with The Game Plan an initiative by Media Training North West.
The opportunity is available for an experienced artist to develop a new cutting edge project during a three-month residency with a digital media/games company. The position is open to any artist with experience of developing innovative media arts projects. Although we already have a bank of images representing our regularly funded organizations and recipients of funding from the Regional Arts Lottery Programme, we are inviting anyone who received project funding to submit colour and black & white photographs (or transparencies) for possible inclusion in the Review.