Change through action

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21 Jul 2016

Access and prejudice still need to be fought, but the British Paraorchestra has talent and fearlessness on its side, says Charles Hazlewood.

Making its mark

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20 Jul 2016

At Sussex Recovery College, arts-based courses are boosting students’ creativity and self-esteem. Kate Davey reports on this promising new model.

Creative entrepreneurship

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14 Jul 2016

Future arts leaders will need to be skilled in the world of business, argues Helena Gaunt. She describes an incubator scheme championing creative entrepreneurship.

Creating cultural leaders

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14 Jul 2016

The Oxford Cultural Leaders programme is helping to create adaptive, entrepreneurial leaders. Lucy Shaw explains how it came about.

A space to thrive

Artist's impression of new Creation Centre
07 Jul 2016

To nurture and retain new artistic talent, you need affordable studio space. Audrey Carlin explains how Wasps is helping Scotland to strengthen its cultural scene. 

Land of song

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07 Jul 2016

Cardiff’s first international festival celebrated what Wales is most famous for – the human voice. Graeme Farrow reflects on the launch of the biennial cultural event.

Putting the customer at the heart

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04 Jul 2016

How can you make your box office a more powerful contributor to the success of your organisation and the happiness of your customers? Dana Astmann and Brooke Gallagher offer three suggestions.

Embracing the mobile box office

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04 Jul 2016

Meet your customers’ expectations of mobile responsiveness and you will be rewarded with loyalty. David Wright profiles two arts organisations that are getting it right. 

A seamless user experience

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04 Jul 2016

Online and mobile ticketing is the new normal. But the frustrations of ticket buyers – and box office staff – must be taken seriously if it is to be done well, says Ben Curthoys.

Maximising the marketing

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04 Jul 2016

Giving its ticketing agents a direct link to its box office system is allowing the Royal Court Theatre to reach a wider audience, Libby Penn explains.

Small teams, huge ambitions

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30 Jun 2016

Major audience development initiatives may be inspiring, but most arts organisations can learn more from what the smaller players are doing. Sara Lock shares a few examples.

Feeling at home

Man on seat
23 Jun 2016

Home Live Art’s interactive literary salon event sold out quickly, but when she met the audience Mimi Banks was surprised. She reflects on the difficulties of marketing interactive live art. 

Going it alone

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22 Jun 2016

Sheffield Theatres was part of a regional consortium of box offices until it decided its audience development activities would benefit from going it alone. Libby Penn describes the painless uncoupling.

A voice for the future

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15 Jun 2016

Tired of seeing British East Asian actors being given underwritten, stereotyped roles, Kumiko Mendl decided to do something about it.

Exceeding fundraising targets

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14 Jun 2016

Last year Youth Music more than doubled its fundraising income, exceeding its already ambitious target. Emma Holenstein reveals how they did it.

Joining up a city

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14 Jun 2016

Monica Ferguson charts how Milton Keynes’ international arts festival has changed the way people view the new town.

The Gorbals lives again

Artwork in railway arches
09 Jun 2016

A 100-metre high public artwork isn’t always the answer. Peter McCaughey reflects on why he took a more dispersed approach to an art strategy for a housing project in inner Glasgow.

Connecting to the past

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09 Jun 2016

Hastings is at long last celebrating its place in history with a festival of contemporary arts. Polly Gifford tells all.

A new look city

09 Jun 2016

Turning the city of Belfast into a gallery has captured residents’ imaginations and changed the way they view their home.

Part of the place

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09 Jun 2016

An In Harmony programme has embedded Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in its local community. Susanne Burns reveals how the orchestra helps shape Everton’s sense of place.

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