The potential of grassroots culture

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19 Jul 2018

Grassroots culture undeniably delivers huge benefits to communities and local economies, but Martin Cox believes it could also resuscitate the funded cultural sector.

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.

Investing in resilience

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02 Aug 2018

How does a dyed-in-the-wool advocate for public subsidy of culture feel about social investment for the arts and cultural sector? Moira Sinclair reflects on what she learned as a committee member of the Arts Impact Fund.

Tackling class discrimination

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31 Jul 2018

By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

A place of sanctuary

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19 Jul 2018

Bolton's Octagon Theatre offers refugees and asylum seekers a warm welcome and opportunities to share their experiences. Deborah Dickinson tells the story.

Future-proofing your organisation

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19 Jul 2018

Arts organisations can develop resilient business models by acknowledging that they don't have all the answers, says Julie Aldridge.

Supporting leadership through reflective journaling

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19 Jul 2018

Leaders in the arts sector need to focus more on self-awareness and reflection, which is why the Boosting Resilience programme has developed a course on reflective journaling. Clive Holtham and Catherine Rogers report.

Putting the arts back into the classroom

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10 Jul 2018

A new cultural curriculum in Bristol aims to reverse the decline in arts education. Phil Castang explains how the creative arts can enrich the teaching of STEM subjects.

Attracting audiences other artforms cannot reach

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05 Jul 2018

How do outdoor arts have the potential to reach audiences other artforms can’t, and how can we best support the sector, asks Penny Mills.

How to… generate revenue from intellectual property

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05 Jul 2018

Many arts organisations need to think differently about their intellectual property to generate much-needed revenue. Luke McDonagh demystifies copyright, trademarks and other common barriers to exploiting IP.

Accounting for the modern age

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28 Jun 2018

A cloud-based accounting system allows you to manage your financial information more efficiently and cost-effectively. Mahmood Reza outlines its features and how to set one up.

Space to play and learn

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27 Jun 2018

With arts engagement known to play a key role in social mobility, Claudine Matthews calls for UK cultural institutions to take a cue from the Finnish and become more welcoming to young children and families.

Towards a frictionless digital future

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21 Jun 2018

Technological and digital developments grow exponentially. The arts sector must take advantage of the technology available now and be ready for the digital changes ahead, advises Daniel Rowles.

Taking bold steps

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20 Jun 2018

Few arts venues have programmed main stage shows starring performers with learning disabilities, but new diversity requirements for England’s NPOs could change that, says Gus Garside.

Touring without walls

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14 Jun 2018

Taking an outdoor show on tour presents many challenges, quite different to those for venue-based touring. Irene Segura explains how a consortium model is supporting artists and companies.

Falling in love with data

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07 Jun 2018

Decision-making can include hard evidence, so how can we best help arts professionals to embrace the data that provides it, asks Patrick Towell.

Taking advantage of your assets

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07 Jun 2018

Melissa Wong introduces a simple framework to help arts organisations identify their strengths, and build on them to boost their resilience.

Why miss out on a financial lifeline?

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07 Jun 2018

Tax relief can be a lifeline for many arts organisations, so why are so many smaller theatre companies and independent producers missing out, asks Clara Giraud.

Time, space and money

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31 May 2018

Many artists find it difficult to sustain their practice early on in their careers. Nicola Sim shares the findings of her research into how arts organisations and funders can best support them.

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