By Creative Northants on 29 March 2011
Here's a round-up of some of the budget overviews on the web...

Business Link - Overview of key changes

Barclays Bank - downloadable pdf from their website

Arts Professional - Analysis of what the budget means for the arts

BBC - Budget calculator to work out the personal implications of the budget
By Creative Northants on 24 March 2011
A new website has been launched to provide Northamptonshire residents with everything they need to know about what’s happening in the county in the lead up to London 2012.
By Creative Northants on 24 March 2011
Looking for somewhere to set up a temporary shop or exhibition? The have a look at the empty spaces map on

Run by the Empty Shops Network, the map can be used to register an empty space or for artists, creative businesses and community groups wanting to use empty spaces in town centres. For more details go to
By Creative Northants on 23 March 2011
I came across this feature in Fast Company’s newsletter the other day – just after a conversation with a colleague about how LinkedIn seems to be taking off as a social media platform of choice for arts organisations and creative businesses. Worth a read as it looks like an interesting development of the LinkedIn platform to make it even more useful and relevant to our sector.
By Creative Northants on 22 March 2011
As well as a new website, Uk Film School have recently announced the dates for their 5 day Film Schools;
Easter: Bedford School-11th - 15th April      

Summe: Wellingborough School-18th - 22nd July

Christmas: Wellingborough School- 19th   - 23rd December

For more details or to book a place visit, where you can also watch some of their films.
By Creative Northants on 21 March 2011
By Creative Northants on 21 March 2011

Laura Ashley Foundation

area: England and Wales

The Laura Ashley Foundation is an independent family trust fund set up in 1986, in memory of Laura Ashley, the designer, who died the year before. The Foundation awards funding to charities and community groups for worthwhile projects that fit with the family ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts, particularly that of textiles, and it is keen to fund good small scale arts projects in England and Wales.

By Creative Northants on 21 March 2011
Applications invited for John Lewis Partnership placement scheme

Charities that want to host employees from the John Lewis Partnership on fully-funded six-month placements should apply by either April or October, the organisation has announced. The partnership's Golden Jubilee Trust programme enables John Lewis and Waitrose employees, known as partners, to spend six months working in charities. The programme, funded by the partnership, is in its eleventh year. Charities that have been selected before include the National Trust and the RSPCA. A spokeswoman for the trust said the trustees would decide how many secondments would be awarded this year at their next review in April, depending on available funds. The programme usually consists of 22 placements every six months, but the partnership funded an extra 10 places last year to mark its 10th anniversary. Employees taking part in the scheme will choose which charities they will work for from the list of applicants.

By Creative Northants on 21 March 2011
WeDidThis crowdfunding website  

WeDidThis is a space for arts organisations to bring their audiences and supporters together to form a 'critical mass' of funders of the arts. By rewarding every donation (however small) with a personalised gift that brings audiences and supporters closer to the creative process, the website creators believe arts organisations can become more open, and more resilient. During 2011 WeDidThis aims to launch over 50 arts projects into the WeDidThis marketplace, from grassroots 'crowdsourced' artists and organisations to prestigious productions from larger arts and cultural institutions. If you are interested in pitching a project into the marketplace, visit for more information. To watch a video explaining how the site works, go to

By Creative Northants on 14 March 2011
Cultural Leadership Programme to Close In the five years since the Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) was established it has succeeded in raising the profile of leadership development across the arts and wider cultural and creative sector to create an important and enduring legacy of leadership capability that goes far beyond its original objectives. Now, in consideration of today’s rapidly changing environment, where the Arts Council is operating with an overall cut to grant in aid of 29.6% and arts organisations are looking to extend their roles and responsibilities within the wider cultural landscape, it has been decided that the Cultural Leadership Programme will close in March 2011.

The Arts Council affirms its commitment to leadership development in Achieving Great Art for Everyone, its 10 year strategic framework and will create a new Leadership and Organisational Development Team from April 2011 to consolidate the work currently delivered by both the CLP and its Organisational Development teams....

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