Supporting the educators

Musicians and dancer
01 Jun 2016

A cultural education programme in the north west has shifted its focus from pupils to teachers and is seeing great results. Sarah Bailey explains how.

We will connect you

Photo of a ticket agency booth
26 May 2016

A new box office system has built a stronger link between London’s Dominion Theatre and its ticket agents, who can now sell directly from the live inventory. Libby Penn reports.

A different kind of host

Room with bunk beds
25 May 2016

Opening a hostel has helped East Street Arts to support artists and generate much-needed income. Nicola Greenan explains how they did it.

Light, sound and conversation

Children use VoiceOver microphones
19 May 2016

An interactive light and sound installation recently connected neighbours in a former coal mining area. Debbi Lander explains how.

Accessible interpretation

Screenshot of the home page
12 May 2016

An interactive guide to Kettle’s Yard’s collection is engaging a wide audience online. Lucy Wheeler shares what she had learned from the project. 

Digital volunteering

Photo of woman taking a photo of an object
12 May 2016

Providing opportunities to volunteer online is helping Birmingham’s museums to engage with more and more people. Rebecca Fletcher explains how they do it.

Developing a workforce

Tunnel visit
05 May 2016

A third of frontline staff in Brighton’s museums have now taken part in a placement programme that is boosting their skills. Helen Graham explains how it works. 

Pop-up opportunity

Photo of the library as performance venue
05 May 2016

The invitation to bring a disused library in Southwark back to life as a pop-up space for artists and community groups came with many challenges as well as opportunities, Rebecca Manson Jones reveals.

The road to self-sufficiency

Photo of exterior of Exeter Corn Exchange
28 Apr 2016

When Exeter Corn Exchange had to become financially self-sufficient, its busier programme required a fully rounded box office management system. Libby Penn reports.

Buying into an experience

Children in hay
21 Apr 2016

The key to building a loyal audience for a family arts festival? It needs to come from a place of integrity, says Rowan Hoban.

Selling storytelling

Photo of children and actor
21 Apr 2016

Families are key to audience development, but how do you attract them? Patrick Spottiswoode reveals how Shakespeare’s Globe plans to market a new festival to family audiences. 

A broad funding base

Outdoor performance
14 Apr 2016

Over £400k has to be raised every year to stage the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. How do they do it? Toby Smith outlines his strategy.

Local and loyal

Photo of a pig sculpture
14 Apr 2016

Growing slowly and organically has helped Kidderminster Arts Festival respond to the needs of local artists and the community, says Loz Samuels.

Young people on the case

Photo of people holding up letters spelling 'Unlock'
14 Apr 2016

Through the Circuit network, 15 to 25 year olds create arts events for other young people. Rachel Escott reveals what they’ve learned about marketing to this under-engaged audience. 

Still invited to the party

Photo of a ceramics workshop
14 Apr 2016

How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia.

A radical approach

Scene from Bound
06 Apr 2016

Harlow Playhouse’s Pay What You Can pricing initiative is attracting new audiences, but is it too financially risky? Scott Ramsay reports half way through its first season.

Music without fear

Ventroloquist and dummy
05 Apr 2016

Following the success of relaxed theatrical performances, Chris Proctor explains how Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall has gone about staging relaxed concerts. 

A sound investment

Photo of man shooting a glitter cannon
31 Mar 2016

Encouraging individual giving may not make financial sense, but it’s helped Unfolding Theatre build invaluable relationships, says Annie Rigby

Finding new voices

Photo of young performers
24 Mar 2016

Not many know that Oxford has some of the worst rates of child literacy in the country. Louise Chantal describes how a playwriting programmes is making a difference. 

A small town of everyday artists

Faces of everyday artists
24 Mar 2016

How do you embed an everyday culture of creativity in a university? This was the starting point for a creative experiment at King’s College London. Laura Speers and Jo Hunter share what they’ve learned so far.

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