Transforming young minds

Two young people in recording studio
11 May 2017

Music-making sessions for young people with mental health issues have had a recognised impact, and commissioning an independent evaluation has enabled the knowledge and experiences gained to be shared, explains Miriam Steiner.

Meaningful audience relations

Dancer on the floor
04 May 2017

Digital platforms enhance audience engagement in museums and galleries but can the same be done in the performing arts? Ben Walmsley discusses a research project in contemporary dance.

Shaping audience behaviour

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03 May 2017

Performing in concert halls around the world makes setting ticket prices tricky. So, explains Jane Donald, the RSNO begins by asking one simple question.

A front-of-house facelift

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24 Apr 2017

Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is a listed building but its front-of-house areas were in need of a facelift. Adrian Jackson explains how making the theatre more welcoming also made the bars more profitable.

Upstairs at the Pen and Wig

Photo of three men rehearsing a play round a table
24 Apr 2017

Presenting social issue dramas and storytelling events in a pub in Newport is reaching audiences looking for entertainment rather than art. Julie Benson tells the story.

Refugees to the fore

Photo of Haymanot Tesfa performing music
19 Apr 2017

As an arts festival with an explicit social change mission, Refugee Week faces some unique challenges. Emily Churchill Zaraa discusses how it tackles them head on. 

Too many surcharges

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13 Apr 2017

Fed up with venues adding unjustifiable fees on to tickets for its shows, Birmingham Stage Company is taking drastic action. Neal Foster explains why producers should follow suit.

Trial and error

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13 Apr 2017

Inspired by theatres, Bristol’s museums and galleries decided to try out a ‘pay what you think’ model for exhibitions. Philip Walker tells the story.

Simpler subscriptions

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13 Apr 2017

Interest in a Swedish theatre’s subscription scheme was plummeting until it reworked it to reward frequent and early bookings. Jenny Bång outlines the changes it made.

Making the case for hip hop

Two dancers on stage
04 Apr 2017

Hip hop theatre choreographers are too often seen as outreach workers rather than artists, but a new initiative is trying to change that. Lee Griffiths explains how.

Sharing touring data

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30 Mar 2017

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.

More than a dance tour

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28 Mar 2017

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.

Creating coastal communities

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28 Mar 2017

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

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.

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.

Dancing with the long cane

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

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.

Getting teenagers singing

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21 Mar 2017

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

Sign of the times

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09 Mar 2017

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.

Getting to know our audience

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09 Mar 2017

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

Art without outsiders

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09 Mar 2017

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. 

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