Unlocking art in older age

Photo of Anita Amy Harrison with her painting
04 Feb 2013

The Elderly Accommodation Counsel launched the Over 60s Art Awards twenty years ago. John Galvin reports on how the awards have showcased the skills and imagination of older people ever since.

The source of being smart

10 Dec 2012

What does working smarter in the arts sector mean? Julie Tait describes a project exploring staffing, technology and audience data.

Feeding a monster

03 Dec 2012

Louise Amery describes how Aberystwyth Arts Centre has worked with Tincan to develop and build its new, rather hungry website.

Pleasing all the people

03 Dec 2012

Ed Green demanded a lot of functionality when he tendered for a new ticketing system and now reports that the Spektrix system has exceeded his expectations.

Slick ticketing

03 Dec 2012

Dan Eastmond describes how the Monad ticketing system has resulted in a smoother service for customers and more marketing data for the staff.

Ticketing without borders

03 Dec 2012

A combination of technologies offers travellers the opportunity to book tickets for events at the same time as they book their travel arrangements. Bart van Schriek explains how.

Cheery smiles

12 Nov 2012

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust uses 450 regular volunteers in various roles from demonstrating crafts to litter-picking. Lucy Andrews Manion describes how she keeps them all happy.

Digital interaction

Photo of two volunteers at Sampad
12 Nov 2012

Clayton Shaw describes how a volunteering project in digital technology appealed to young people in Birmingham.

Open Stages

Photo of an amateur cast rehearshing Pericles
12 Nov 2012

Where would you see Juliet played by an English student and Romeo by a Polish cage fighter or ‘Much ado about nothing’ performed by serving sailors? In the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages initiative, says Ian Wainwright.

100 per cent commitment

Photo of an open mic session at the Harrow Arts Centre
12 Nov 2012

The success of Harrow Arts Centre’s 100% programme of events and festivals is based on the many young people involved in both production and performance. Cate Gordon tells how it has evolved.

The role of a patron

Photo of an actors' workshop
12 Nov 2012

What should a patron be able to offer an arts organisation? Louise Coles suggests that expectations need to be clear from the outset.

Dedicated teamwork

Photo of Miss Baby Sol and band at the Uprise Festival
12 Nov 2012

Paul Richards recalls how a dedicated team of volunteers, including performers, created UpRise, London’s anti-racism festival, after the demise of its predecessor.

Writing for voluntary musicians

Photo of Making Music Overture
12 Nov 2012

Groups in the voluntary music sector are often privileged to premiere a new piece of music. Henry Bird looks at how composers and voluntary musicians can best work together.

Theatre on the ground

Photo of Kirkcaldy Operatic Society
12 Nov 2012

What are the issues facing community theatre today? The National Operatic and Dramatic Association can name quite a few of them...

State of play

Pages from State of Play report
24 Oct 2012

Tina Mermiri examines recent research to discover what the arts – and its sponsors – can learn from their audiences

Reaching hidden communities

People being filmed
15 Oct 2012

The Sound Agents has gained a reputation for working with hidden and hard-to-reach communities in Liverpool. Moira Kenny describes two projects.

Sharing audiences

Cinema Exterior
15 Oct 2012

Kate Rolfe explains how RADA and Curzon Cinemas are working together to encourage their respective audiences to broaden their cultural experiences.

New audiences for contemporary work

15 Oct 2012

David Edmunds describes how funding will allow Dep Arts to develop new approaches to increase access to contemporary dance and theatre while programming original and inspiring shows.

Creating more adventurous family audiences

Photo of families with children involved in workshop
09 Oct 2012

How can venues encourage family audiences to ‘play less safe’ and try something new? Carey Fluker Hunt outlines how the ‘Culture Window’ project has created new family audiences.

Marketing with customer insight

Photo of exterior of Grove Theatre, Dunstable
09 Oct 2012

When it opened in 2009 the cinema screen at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable saw average audiences of about 40 people, but data-led marketing has worked wonders, explains Claire McFauld.


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