Wales begins arts and health mapping exercise

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21 Apr 2017

A new survey will inform how the Arts Council of Wales encourages the arts sector to make a greater contribution to health and wellbeing.

Arts outreach projects should focus on ‘fun’, report says

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19 Apr 2017

Work with local communities is challenging and most likely to succeed in collaboration with organisations that already target those communities, according to a new report. 

‘Durham Commission’ to assess young people, creativity and education

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28 Mar 2017

The Arts Council collaboration with Durham University will produce a report in Spring 2019, which will also consider arts in the curriculum and the role of the EBacc.

Arts Council England seeks ideas for improving sector diversity

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24 Mar 2017

The survey findings will guide the funder’s approach to improving diversity in its own workforce and be used to encourage arts organisations to do the same.

Beware the corporate sponsors

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14 Mar 2017

Can corporate sponsorship have a negative effect on a cultural organisation’s artistic value? Yuliya Shymko and Thomas Roulet share what they have learned studying the Russian theatre sector.

UK census to paint picture of live music scene

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07 Mar 2017

The university-led project will record details of venues, musicians and audiences in six cities, to gain a better understanding of the pressures facing music businesses and venues.

Call for evidence on business support for the arts

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24 Feb 2017

Evidence around business support will contribute to a review of provision and a resource for creative and cultural organisations.

£2.5m cultural learning fund overlooks key research

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19 Jan 2017

Research justifying the new fund failed to include the biggest and longest running arts education intervention in the world.

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.

Creative hubs “still largely misunderstood and undervalued”

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20 Dec 2016

A new report claims hubs support the wider creative economy, but reductive evaluations of their worth are unhelpful.

Legacy fundraising potential still untapped by arts organisations

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02 Dec 2016

Progress has been made by a sub-set of organisations that now regularly receive substantial gifts in wills, according to a new report.

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.

Theatre more popular than sports for a night out, survey finds

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18 Nov 2016

Trips to restaurants, ‘big ticket’ concerts and going to a comedy show also feature in the UK’s ten most popular evenings.

Arts teachers confirm dire impact of EBacc in the classroom

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16 Nov 2016

New research paints a grim picture of growing job insecurity as schools prioritise the EBacc agenda over creative and vocational subjects, and steer students away from the arts. 

International activity financially ‘worth it’ for arts organisations

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14 Nov 2016

Over half of Arts Council England’s NPOs are reaping rewards working internationally, but larger organisations and those based in London tend to benefit most financially.

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.

Economic Impact Assessments too varied for useful comparisons, says report

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28 Oct 2016

Recognition that increased spending in one location can lead to reduced spending somewhere nearby should be considered an essential part of an economic assessment, according to a DCMS report.

What video content do audiences want?

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27 Oct 2016

From trailers and vox pops to backstage sneak peeks, the arts sector produces reams of video footage, but what impact does this content have on audience behaviour? Andrea Perseu shares his recent research.

Perception the biggest barrier to audience diversity, survey finds

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21 Oct 2016

Fears that existing arts audiences resist ‘more diverse artistic product’ appear to be unfounded, ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey suggests.

Pulse report – part 3: Diversity in audiences – what needs to change?

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20 Oct 2016

Should more be done to increase the diversity of those engaging with the arts in the UK? And if so, what? In her final report, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey with a focus on audiences. 

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