A community of equals

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19 Jan 2017

Firmly held core values and an awareness of potentially excluding behaviour have been key to the success of Pallant House Gallery’s community work, says Sandra Peaty.

From transactional to philanthropic

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12 Jan 2017

When member benefits proved uneconomical, Northern Ballet decided to stop offering them. Crys Whitewoods explains how the decision is paying off.

A day at an exhibition

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12 Jan 2017

On Takeover Day a group of sixth-form students took responsibility for running an exhibition at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery. Katherine Pearce describes the day.

Learning to dance

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05 Jan 2017

As a growing number of children are being home-educated, Christopher Connolly explains how Dance Manchester is reaching out to this community.

When the clocks turned back

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05 Jan 2017

A storytelling project that invited young people to challenge the traditional role of libraries culminated in midnight performances viewed by online audiences worldwide. Ju Row Farr describes the fun.

Opportunities for open-ended learning

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15 Dec 2016

Known for its alternative learning programmes, this year Wysing Arts explored the term ‘polytechnic’ by re-visiting the experimental art practices of the 1970s. Donna Lynas reports on the results.

Opening new doors

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01 Dec 2016

Andy Dawson explains how the RSC’s schools programme inspires children through Shakespeare while avoiding a ‘one size fits all’ model.  

Bridging the gap

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30 Nov 2016

As the funding landscape shifted, universities emerged as an ideal partner for creative producers Threshold Studios. Uzma Johal and Barry Hale reveal how they have been collaborating with the University of Lincoln. 

Facing the noisy outside world

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17 Nov 2016

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s commitment to dementia-friendly theatre has enhanced Barney Bardsley faith in humanity. She reveals how it came about.

Dancing in Derby

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17 Nov 2016

Working in a professional dance house helps dance students in Derby prepare for life after university, writes Clare Limb.

More than cosmetic changes

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17 Nov 2016

The multi-million pound reboot of the Lighthouse in Poole is only the beginning of its journey towards an inclusive participatory future, says Stephen Wrentmore.

Connecting with industry

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17 Nov 2016

A consortium of Scotland’s universities and art schools place researchers within arts and cultural organisations. Anna Scott discusses the benefits to all involved.

Breathing the same air

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10 Nov 2016

The University of Bradford may be a technology university with no arts department, but it still saw the need for a theatre on its campus. Javaad Alipoor explains why. 

Meaningful learning partnerships

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10 Nov 2016

Tate Liverpool’s work with local universities enhances its education and audience development programmes. Michael Birchall reveals how it builds and maintains these partnerships.

Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

A bid for a cultural future

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10 Nov 2016

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector. 

Valuable visitor data

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03 Nov 2016

As many organisers of outdoor arts events have a love–hate relationship with collecting data from visitors, Vishalakshi Roy offers some advice on how to make it a more positive experience.

From fear to fun and learning

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03 Nov 2016

Drama is a highly effective teaching tool in schools, so why don’t teachers use it more, asks Luke Hollowell-Williams.

Leaders for change

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03 Nov 2016

Claire Antrobus reveals how volunteers, trustees and staff at Ripon Museum Trust have developed their leadership and coaching skills, resulting in greater organisational resilience, better internal communication and clearer roles.

Data and self-determination

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27 Oct 2016

A new approach to box office management has shifted the revenue balance at Blackpool Grand Theatre firmly toward ticket sales and greater commercial independence, says Libby Penn.

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