Creative processes at the heart

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12 Jun 2019

The place in which a cultural organisation finds itself can determine how it thrives, survives or even dies, but many organisations are now taking the lead in helping places reinvent themselves. Anne Torreggiani explores the rise of place-shaping.

Life in the arts across Europe

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27 Mar 2018

Artists from across Europe describe what it’s like to work in their country of origin – from the almost desperate situation for some freelance artists in Spain to the generous support on offer in Arctic Norway.

Being an international in the creative sector

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12 Feb 2018

Julie Bécaud, now a researcher at the Scottish Maritime Museum, explains her first steps into the arts in the UK.

Flourishing cultural eco-systems

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12 Jun 2019

Jonathan Gross and Nick Wilson reflect on their recent research into cultural ecology and suggest what the future of progressive place-based policy and practice could look like.

Redefining the City of London through culture

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12 Jun 2019

The global finance hub is forging a new identity through risk-taking alliances between its commercial, public and cultural sectors, writes Tim Jones.

Silence speaks volumes

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12 Jun 2019

The economic value of our creative industries is clear. But it's not so clear that they're a priority for candidates wanting to become the UK's next Prime Minister, says Claudia Burger.

It's time to be honest about failure

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06 Jun 2019

New research suggests that cultural organisations are reluctant to admit to failure for fear of losing their funding. To make genuine progress, we need a more honest approach, says Leila Jancovich.

Standing out from the crowd

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06 Jun 2019

Many young people dream about breaking into the performing arts industry, but without some work experience it can be almost impossible. Ruby Clarkson offers some guidance on how to find it.

Finding a way with words

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06 Jun 2019

The ability to write clearly about an organisation’s ethos, approach, and audience needs is an essential skill for effective cultural sector fundraisers, says Caroline McCormick.

Giving youth a voice

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06 Jun 2019

Engaging with young people is a sound investment in future audiences, says Annabel Thomas - provided you are clear about why and how you are doing it.

Boosting your financial credibility

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06 Jun 2019

Alison O'Neill shares her thoughts on how small arts organisations can acquire the financial expertise that grant-making bodies are looking for.

Rediscovering a role for artists

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30 May 2019

A series of informal surgeries for creative artists in Salford uncovered widespread disillusionment, says Steve Slater - as well as suggesting new ways foward.

Creativity + innovation = change

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30 May 2019

Patrick Towell unpicks the crucial differences between creativity and innovation in the context of rapid change in the cultural sector.

Leading at all levels

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30 May 2019

How can we best develop leaders for the future? Cath Hume suggests we start by creating more leadership opportunities throughout the organisation.

Improving the volunteer experience

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30 May 2019

How can arts organisations best nurture a thriving and committed community of volunteers? Robin Hall shares her experience of gaining accreditation from the Investing in Volunteers standard.

Join the club

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23 May 2019

Adam Szabo shares seven principles that have helped Manchester Collective attract younger audiences to its classical concerts.

Access to entry-level roles

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23 May 2019

Many entry-level roles in the arts are taken by overqualified graduates, but a project in Wales is opening up opportunities to those most suited to them, says Sarah Mair Hughes.

Don't run at it

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23 May 2019

What is it like to join Arts Council England's National Portfolio? Annie Rigby shares her stories of joy, relief and fatigue following her organisation's first year as an NPO.

Making the impossible possible

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23 May 2019

Last month, weekly arts group participants with sensory impairments, physical disabilities and mental illnesses came together to perform an adapted Shakespeare play in Belfast. Eileen Branagh explains the process of creative collaboration that allowed the cast to realise their ambitions.

Diversity beyond visible representation

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15 May 2019

Culturally diverse work is becoming more prominent, but the infrastructure supporting BAME artists still needs to improve, argues Pawlet Brookes.

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