The arts on your doorstep

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05 Jan 2017

Community engagement teams have been visiting every neighbourhood in Hull to make sure no one misses out on this year’s programme of culture. Martin Green explains how they hope to build interest in the arts. 

Job ladder – Michelle Abbey

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05 Jan 2017

Chelsea Theatre’s Community Development Manager Michelle Abbey discusses her career engaging audiences and promoting diversity.  

‘Invaluable’ music service saved by not-for-profit community organisation

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15 Nov 2016

The intervention by soundLINCS will enable the Lincolnshire-based MUSIC:LINK to continue operating into its 30th year.

Kindred spirits

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10 Nov 2016

Collaborations between university researchers and artists need careful managing. Michael Eades shares his three key tips for mediating successful partnerships. 

The subtle art of community engagement

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03 Nov 2016

Working in local authority arts development was where Martin Cox learned to listen, understand and value people as much as he valued artistic outcomes. He shares his views on audience development.

Experiences of excellence

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13 Oct 2016

What does excellence mean to the communities experiencing the arts through the Creative People and Places programme?  Mark Robinson and Jamie Buttrick report on their research.

Caught on film

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15 Sep 2016

Short films showcasing the work of museums in Cornwall have had a real impact on the local community and attracted the attention of key influencers and decision-makers. Chloe Hughes explains.

My Gurus – Kathryn Deane

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01 Sep 2016

As she prepares to retire, Sound Sense’s Kathryn Deane reflects on those that have – often unknowingly – inspired her work. 

Culture Secretary endorses White Paper goals

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12 Aug 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

Creative People and Places attracts over one million engagements

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05 Aug 2016

The programme is successfully engaging people in areas of low arts participation, although this has not yet led to an increase in Grants for the Arts awards, researchers have found.

How to… create socially engaged art

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20 Jul 2016

To make useful art, don’t dumb down, dumb up, says Alistair Hudson.

Inquiry aims to grow the civic role of the arts

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20 May 2016

Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.

Light, sound and conversation

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19 May 2016

An interactive light and sound installation recently connected neighbours in a former coal mining area. Debbi Lander explains how.

Pop-up opportunity

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05 May 2016

The invitation to bring a disused library in Southwark back to life as a pop-up space for artists and community groups came with many challenges as well as opportunities, Rebecca Manson Jones reveals.

Local and loyal

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14 Apr 2016

Growing slowly and organically has helped Kidderminster Arts Festival respond to the needs of local artists and the community, says Loz Samuels.

My Gurus – Liza Vallance

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07 Apr 2016

Studio 3 Arts’s Liza Vallance reveals who inspires her work at the forefront of socially engaged, co-created artistic practice.

Life-saving courses

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10 Mar 2016

Jane Rich reveals how Cambridge Community Arts creates unexpected joy through its creative courses that leave mental health at the door.

Best practice guide to support artists working in prisons

18 Feb 2016

A new publication aims to build the skills of artists delivering activities in Scottish prisons.

The arts in green spaces

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02 Feb 2016

Spending time in the great outdoors is proven to boost wellbeing, but how can the arts encourage people to do it? Nicky Goulder describes one project that is doing just that. 

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