A dialogue with the audience

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23 Mar 2017

In a bid to listen more to its audiences, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launched a collaborative project that resulted in an ‘audience manifesto’. Amanda Dalton shares the surprising results.

Marketing a sensitive and brutal history

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20 Mar 2017

The rise of the selfie has created new problems for those managing ‘dark tourism’ sites, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Félicie Kertudo examines how they can promote themselves ethically. 

From street lights to stage lights

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23 Mar 2017

Drama can boost the wellbeing of homeless people, but engaging them is not without challenges. Jon Randall shares his experiences producing and touring theatre with Lancaster’s homeless community.

How to… get young people interested in the arts

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06 Mar 2017

Forget talk about millenials and generation Y – what does a teenager think is the best way to engage young people in the arts? Tia Duff offers her advice.

Reaching out to young people

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02 Feb 2017

Aside from pockets of innovative practice, many arts organisations are at a loss as to how to engage young people, who behave and think quite differently to older marketers and programmers. Lucie Fitton offers an insight into their world.

How to… get boys dancing

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19 Jan 2017

How do you get a room full of sniggering teenage boys enthusiastic about dance? Helen Ganberg says it’s not easy, but experience shows it is possible.

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.  

Awareness versus engagement

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24 Nov 2016

Who has been attending the events marking Shakespeare’s death this year? James Doeser and Georgina Chapman reveal some surprises.

On a mission to matter

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27 Oct 2016

How can arts organisations ensure they matter to their audiences and funders? Sara Lock has been learning from Nina Simon, author of The Art of Relevance.

Articulating quality

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13 Oct 2016

Rhian Hutchings tells the story of how ArtWorks Cymru came to develop a set of quality principles for the participatory arts in Wales. 

Cultural engagement in Scotland at all-time high

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07 Oct 2016

Nine out of ten adults engaged with a cultural activity in 2015, but the Scottish Household Survey reveals engagement is lower in disadvantaged areas.

How to… run wellbeing-boosting arts projects

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02 Sep 2016

Running a successful arts workshop is not easy, but remembering to be pragmatic and as collaborative as possible is key, says Nicky Goulder.

Wales sets out quality principles for participatory work

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26 Aug 2016

A new online resource aims to help arts practitioners develop a better understanding of the measures that improve the experience of participants.

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.

Children’s arts participation continues to decline

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29 Jul 2016

A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.

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.

Change funding structures to promote everyday creativity, ACE told

Everyday Creativity
16 Jun 2016

Street parties, guerrilla gardening and engagement with cultural buildings must be encouraged if creativity is to become as accessible as sport, a new report has concluded.

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.

Accessible interpretation

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12 May 2016

An interactive guide to Kettle’s Yard’s collection is engaging a wide audience online. Lucy Wheeler shares what she had learned from the project. 

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