Dancing with the stars

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10 Nov 2016

Can you teach astrophysics through dance? Academics and dancers in Manchester have been giving it a go. And tackling gender inequalities to boot, says Deb Ashby.

A bid for a cultural future

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10 Nov 2016

Coventry’s two universities are a crucial component of its bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Geoff Willcocks explains how they are working with the cultural sector. 

Valuable visitor data

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03 Nov 2016

As many organisers of outdoor arts events have a love–hate relationship with collecting data from visitors, Vishalakshi Roy offers some advice on how to make it a more positive experience.

From fear to fun and learning

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03 Nov 2016

Drama is a highly effective teaching tool in schools, so why don’t teachers use it more, asks Luke Hollowell-Williams.

Leaders for change

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03 Nov 2016

Claire Antrobus reveals how volunteers, trustees and staff at Ripon Museum Trust have developed their leadership and coaching skills, resulting in greater organisational resilience, better internal communication and clearer roles.

Data and self-determination

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27 Oct 2016

A new approach to box office management has shifted the revenue balance at Blackpool Grand Theatre firmly toward ticket sales and greater commercial independence, says Libby Penn.

All change in Croydon

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27 Oct 2016

The days when The Beatles played Croydon may be a distant memory, but the council’s regeneration plans hope to bring culture – and audiences – back to the borough’s heart. Paula Murray explains how.

Never too old to dance

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27 Oct 2016

Age shouldn’t be a barrier to dancing or performing, says Vicky Thornton. She shares the story of DANCE SIX-0, a contemporary dance company for the over 60s in Salisbury.

Selecting a showcase

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20 Oct 2016

Productions chosen for the Made in Scotland showcase gain a stamp of quality, but how are they selected? Wendy Niblock asks members of the panel what they are looking for.

Questions about quality

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13 Oct 2016

What is it about great art that makes one’s hair stand on end? Claire Gulliver describes a contemporary art programme that tried to figure it out.

Articulating quality

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13 Oct 2016

Rhian Hutchings tells the story of how ArtWorks Cymru came to develop a set of quality principles for the participatory arts in Wales. 

Sourcing the solid evidence

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13 Oct 2016

Looking to measure the impact of their work in hospitals, Air Arts found that pre-existing evaluation methods didn’t work. Laura Waters describes their bespoke approach.

Good news story

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04 Oct 2016

Last year Leicester’s Curve Theatre increased its turnover by 30%. Chris Stafford discusses touring, hospitality and rejecting capital funding.

Tech for the digital natives

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26 Sep 2016

The digital installations at Tate Modern’s new extension not only show previously hidden treasures, but also appeal massively to a young audience, says Adam Jenkins.

Positive and professional

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22 Sep 2016

Training has given many non-specialist fundraisers in the East of England the skills and confidence to make their case to potential funders, says Miranda Rowlands.

Artists as entrepreneurs

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15 Sep 2016

Can we teach artists to be entrepreneurial? Laurent Noël reports on a programme in France that mixes business plans, sales skills and corporate relations with creative ideas to help artists become successful ‘artrepreneurs’.

Caught on film

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15 Sep 2016

Short films showcasing the work of museums in Cornwall have had a real impact on the local community and attracted the attention of key influencers and decision-makers. Chloe Hughes explains.

A fresh vision

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15 Sep 2016

Harrow Arts Centre faced almost certain closure following council cuts, but a fresh vision and new governance under a charitable trust are securing its long-term future. Andrew Welch tells the story.

Noisy fundraising

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15 Sep 2016

Josephine Chanter reveals how The Design Museum ditched its quiet fundraising approach, starting with a glamorous benefit auction in central London.

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