Increasing creative options

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15 Jun 2017

With fewer students studying creative subjects at school, the UK’s Bridge organisations have taken on the challenge to promote the arts. Sarah Mumford explains what is happening in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Escape from hospital stress

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15 Jun 2017

Bedside theatre performances in hospitals are helping children escape from stress and anxiety. Persephone Sextou explains the work of an American scheme now running in the UK.

Students in creative subjects earn least after leaving university

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14 Jun 2017

Male graduates earn slightly more than women just one year after graduating from a Creative Arts and Design course.

Boosting employment in craft

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14 Jun 2017

Cockpit Arts’ programme of support for apprenticeships in the craft sector is delivering tangible benefits among micro craft businesses, says Imogen Lawry.

Arts at the heart of learning

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01 Jun 2017

Wales is two years into an ambitious national initiative to improve education outcomes by embedding creative approaches to learning in schools. Nick Capaldi reports on progress so far.

Passport to the theatre

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31 May 2017

The financial imperative to sell tickets can lead to a ‘bums on seats’ mentality, but a different approach has helped Mac Belfast grow its schools audiences and enhance its reputation. Melissa McMinn describes two initiatives.

How to… attract family audiences

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23 May 2017

Don’t be afraid of fun, catch them early and remember that everyone loves LEGO – Michelle Lally shares her tips for engaging young people and families in the arts.

Spotting young talent

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18 May 2017

A week-long arts residency involving young NEETs was a far cry from some ‘old skool’ outreach projects. Ammo Talwar reveals what was needed to re-engage with them ‘street-style’.

From small beginnings

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18 May 2017

What could two independent music practitioners achieve by starting international conversations about music-making with children with special needs? Tom Northey tells the story.

Choreographing conspiracy

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16 May 2017

When choreographing a new contemporary dance work for young people, Rosie Kay committed to really listening to their concerns and beliefs – and it took the work in a surprising new direction.

Succession planning

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11 May 2017

Young people in remote parts of Scotland have gained the skills to organise rural tours in a project designed to generate a new breed of arts promoters. Jo McLean describes their experience.

Tools of engagement

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11 May 2017

Live entertainment is still a big draw for the Netflix generations, but how should arts organisations go about building relationships with them? Olivia Carr shares some advice. 

Young imaginations

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11 May 2017

Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery needs ‘re-imagining’ and who better to do it than the young people who will be its visitors in the years to come, says Matthew Wilde.

New decision-makers

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11 May 2017

Tate’s Circuit programme for young people has helped promote wider organisational understanding of the value of young people as cultural producers. Mark Miller reflects on its impact and highlights.

Transforming young minds

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11 May 2017

Music-making sessions for young people with mental health issues have had a recognised impact, and commissioning an independent evaluation has enabled the knowledge and experiences gained to be shared, explains Miriam Steiner.

Keeping theatre accessible

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27 Apr 2017

Recent controversy at Shakespeare’s Globe made little mention of a key point raised by Dominic Dromgoole: the importance of £5 tickets. Nicky Goulder says the incoming artistic director should fight to keep them.

Internships threaten diversity in the creative industries

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21 Apr 2017

Young people in creative occupations are almost 50% more likely to have had a parent working in a professional position while growing up, new research has found.

The value of live theatre

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20 Apr 2017

As drama is downgraded in our schools, Fiona Banks explains why it is essential for young people to see theatre live on stage.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

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