A borough of young theatre-goers

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20 Jul 2017

Every child in the last year of primary school in the London borough of Newham has the opportunity to see world-class theatre for free. Becky Lees explains how the scheme has established itself.

A modest but vital grant scheme

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13 Jul 2017

Sally Staples explains how East Sussex Arts Partnership has simplified its grant-giving system by match funding successful Grants for the Arts bids.

A radical rescue plan

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13 Jul 2017

The Canterbury Heritage Museum has attracted fewer and fewer visitors in recent years, but a rescue plan involving the Marlowe Theatre is set to revitalise it. Janice McGuinness tells the story.

Bidding for funding in partnership

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13 Jul 2017

When the six counties in the north of Wales suddenly found themselves in competition with one another for funding, they decided to form a regional partnership and work together. Gwenno Eleri Jones tells the story.

Still going it alone

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13 Jul 2017

Two years after The Arts Development Company was formed to replace Dorset County Council’s arts service, Mike Hoskin gives an update on progress so far. 

A simpler funding system

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13 Jul 2017

Budget cuts have forced Bristol City Council to change the system it uses to fund arts and culture activities. Philip Walker explains its new cultural investment programme.

Inclusive instruments

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06 Jul 2017

For some children with physical disabilities, access to music making is barred by a lack of well-designed adapted musical instruments. Rachel Wolffsohn explains what a new charity is doing to change that. 

A perfect match

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02 Jul 2017

When her circus arts company was invited to perform in a library, Camille Bensoussan feared there would be endless health and safety meetings.

Buying made easy

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29 Jun 2017

Constructing The Bridge Theatre from scratch has allowed the team to implement new box office technology and e-commerce best practice from inside the arts and beyond. Libby Penn tells the story.

Getting to know the neighbours

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21 Jun 2017

As producer-in-residence of a whole town, Bridget Floyer explains how she treats the residents as neighbours rather than audiences or participants.

Paying less for opera

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21 Jun 2017

Are free and discount ticket schemes key to reaching new audiences or do they simply benefit existing bookers? Michael Volpe shares Opera Holland Park’s experiences.

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 a scheme currently operating in the Midlands.

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.

Seaside arts

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08 Jun 2017

Tourism has been in decline in England’s seaside towns for years, but now a network bringing world-class circus and street arts to the coast is enticing the tourists back. Joe Mackintosh tells the story.

Keeping the tourists busy

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08 Jun 2017

Millions of tourists flock to see Shakespeare’s England, but they don’t all have time to catch a play. Geraldine Collinge explains how the RSC has extended its offer beyond theatre. 

A success story for dance

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01 Jun 2017

A European Union-funded dance project won ‘success story’ status from a panel of experts for its impact, creative approach and the inspiration it gave others. Carole Blade tells the story.

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.

Open for all

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25 May 2017

How do fringe festivals ensure quality when anyone can choose to stage an event? Cath Mattos reveals her approach at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

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.

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