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28 Mar 2017 Opinion

Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

In 2010, former National Theatre Director Richard Eyre claimed that the coalition government’s policies would create ‘cultural apartheid’ between between those for whom the arts are a part of life and those who feel excluded from them. I’m sorry Richard, but you were boldly predicting what had already happened.

Facing up to failure

We don’t know what works, and are terrified of admitting when we know it hasn’t

The inconvenient truth for all those who work in the arts is that,... more

Close up of Queen on note 30 Mar 2017 Feature

Cost cutting is as essential as fundraising, but it’s not often given equal consideration. Michelle Wright shares tips for arts organisations looking to reduce costs without compromising quality or long-term growth.

Photo of audience 30 Mar 2017 Case study

After updating its approach to data collection and sharing, Sadler’s Wells noticed a surge in email sign-ups for its visiting companies. Sebastian Cheswright Cater and Matt Kirby tell the story.

Photo of EU flag 29 Mar 2017 Feature

As the UK triggers Article 50 to start the process of leaving the European Union, AP embarks on the process of extending its coverage to embrace readers and contributors from across the whole of Europe. Liz Hill issues a call to action.

Photo of dancers rehearsing 28 Mar 2017 Case study

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

Photo of old bus, scooter and mayor on parade 28 Mar 2017 Case study

Following the launch of the Cultural Coastal Network, Polly Gifford explains why it’s needed and what it hopes to achieve.

Photo of woman standing with arms out wide 23 Mar 2017 Case study

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.

Photo of people rehearsing amidst props 23 Mar 2017 Case study

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.

Photo of man dancing with a white cane followed by audience 23 Mar 2017 Case study

An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.

Photo of man on laptop in cafe 22 Mar 2017 Feature

How can we make sure that authors are paid fairly in times of technological change? Luke Alcott discusses the steps that are being taken to protect their rights.

Photo of school children singing 21 Mar 2017 Case study

60 young people in Cambridgeshire stay behind after school every week to sing, compose music and play instruments. Lin Hetherington tells the story.

Image of swan 16 Mar 2017 Feature

Even small adjustments in pricing can boost ticket sales and increase revenues, explains Tim Baker.

Photo of lifebelt against blue sky 16 Mar 2017 Feature

Business support provides a lifeline that can help cultural organisations attract new partners, funders, lenders and investors. Sarah Thirtle previews a new programme designed to do just that.

Photo of people throwing paper into a river 15 Mar 2017 Feature

Should museums shy away from talking about torture, sexuality and death with children? Sacha Coward explains why he thinks no topic should be off limits. 

Image of classical music concert 14 Mar 2017 Feature

The concert-going experience is the same as it was over a century ago – it’s time to make some changes. David Taylor shares five suggestions.

Photo of skyscrapers and blue sky 14 Mar 2017 Feature

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.

Photo of people sitting round a long table 09 Mar 2017 Case study

Watershed in Bristol has learnt from its customers with hearing impairments how to be more welcoming, including by learning basic signing. Louise Gardner tells the story.

Painting of coloured oval shapes 09 Mar 2017 Feature

What factors prevent disabled or marginalised adults from participating in the arts? Susan Potter shares Creative Future’s research findings and the impact they have had. 

Photo of performers on stage 09 Mar 2017 Case study

Graeae has successfully developed D/deaf and disabled audiences across the UK. Richard Matthews explains the principles and strategies that guide their marketing work.

Photo of people standing behind a table full of objects 09 Mar 2017 Case study

What are the dynamics when a group of artists with and without learning disabilities work together? Emma Bosworth discusses the positive outcomes of the OutsiderXchanges project. 

Photo of people in gallery with big screen 09 Mar 2017 Case study

A series of portrait-painting events exploring and celebrating diversity engaged both live and online audiences. Mandy Fowler explains how people from all around the world got involved. 

Photo of girl on a trapeze 09 Mar 2017 Feature

Turtle Key Arts has been involved in arts projects with disabled people in many countries. Alison King reflects on the attitudes and approaches of the people she has met.

Woman reading magazine 08 Mar 2017 Feature

PR is about so much more than column inches, but how do you measure a campaign’s success? Amy Finlayson guides us through her straightforward approach.

Photo of girl painting graffiti 06 Mar 2017 Feature

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.