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.

Rebalancing funding for rural arts

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08 Feb 2018

It’s not enough for urban arts companies to tour to rural areas - we need to support more rurally based organisations, argues Ralph Lister.

An insight into our green and pleasant land

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08 Feb 2018

Is it possible that our impression of rural touring is outdated and even cynical? Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre reveal how wide-ranging it is and who the audiences are.

Rural England: is there an appetite for culturally diverse art?

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08 Feb 2018

New research found audiences in rural Lincolnshire are hungry for culturally diverse theatre and dance, but the provision isn’t there. Arya Madhavan and Sreenath Nair explore the issues.

How we… kept a major capital project on track

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05 Feb 2018

A £37m capital project is always going to be demanding, but throw in Grade-II listed status, asbestos and Roman remains and you’ve got a real challenge. Graham Lister explains how Storyhouse Chester managed it.

Where are our young and diverse trustees?

01 Feb 2018

Given that trustees have financial and legal responsibility for their charity, it’s no surprise many people lack the confidence to take on the role. It’s time to change that, says Michelle Wright

Would you like fries with that?

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01 Feb 2018

From up-selling and cross-selling to ancillary offers of food and beverage, merchandise and even car parking, Tim Baker explores a ‘AAA’ approach to increasing revenue.

More than the remnants of an Empire

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01 Feb 2018

As we begin the process of leaving the EU, our regional museums have the power to change perceptions about Britain’s place in the world. We should celebrate them more, says Jonty Claypole.

Revealing hidden depths

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31 Jan 2018

Arts organisations have worked quietly behind prison walls for decades, but recent government endorsement and high-profile partnerships are helping them gain some recognition, says Dora Dixon.

I may be lying down but I'm not lazy

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25 Jan 2018

Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.

An impact assessment playbook

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25 Jan 2018

Undertaking an impact assessment can be a daunting and complex task, but a new European project has developed a practical playbook to make it a whole lot simpler, writes Harry Verwayen.

How to… prevent fraud

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25 Jan 2018

Strict internal controls relating to expense claims, cash donations, online banking and financial transactions can go some way to preventing fraud. Mahmood Reza shares his expertise.

The problem with competitive placemaking

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18 Jan 2018

Collaborative placemaking initiatives could be a much quicker route to regenerating coastal towns than waiting to win the city of culture crown, says Jason Jones-Hall.

The benefits of business support

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18 Jan 2018

Librarians in a London Borough have developed a more commercial mindset and the CEO of a crafts gallery is more confident to approach prospective funders, both as a result of the Prosper business support programme. Bethan Hall Williams explains.

Where are the next Stormzys and Adeles?

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11 Jan 2018

Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds, warns Pamela McCormick.

Making the most of tax relief

11 Jan 2018

Tax relief has enabled many theatre companies to take creative risks and invest more in productions without the fear of financial loss. Margot Madin explains how.

Tough love for better engagement

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03 Jan 2018

Purging inactive subscribers from Chichester Festival Theatre’s email list has helped improve the effectiveness of its marketing campaigns. Alice Young explains how.

How to… get funding and support from your local council

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20 Dec 2017

When is it the right time to approach a council with your idea for an arts project? And what support can you expect to receive? Arts Development Officer Akua Obeng-Frimpong offers her wisdom.

How I solved… challenges of cross-venue arts programming

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20 Dec 2017

Ruth Bretherick explains how she overcame the challenges of programming events when an exhibition split across two arts venues: one in Edinburgh, and one in Dundee.

Why there should be more art in prisons

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14 Dec 2017

When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.

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