Who’s betting on Lottery funding?

Lottery balls
28 Jun 2022

When the Gambling Commission announced a new operator for the National Lottery, current operator Camelot went to the High Court. Will funding for the arts be affected by this dispute, asks Chris Sharratt?

The birth of Shakespeare’s Northern home

22 Jun 2022

Shakespeare North Playhouse is a brand-new theatre modelled on a traditional Shakespearean era playhouse. Melanie Lewis shares the challenges of bringing this ambitious regeneration project to life. 

We’re all astronauts, but some of us need more space

Children supporting a model globe
22 Jun 2022

Cultural experiences - as offered by Our Place in Space - are vital for youngsters with special educational needs. Dan Byrne, an SEN teacher, suggests more can be done to make them accessible and fulfilling. 

Visual arts face serious challenges

Turner prize 2019 Tai Shani, DC Semiramis
21 Jun 2022

While much has been written about the impact of Brexit on the performing arts, Şenay Camgöz shares insights from a new report on the challenges for the visual arts.

Greening the UK’s theatres

21 Jun 2022

The nation’s theatre buildings are in urgent need of upgrading to make them more sustainable and fit for purpose, argues Jon Morgan.

It’s your move

Rambert's cause written on the wall
20 Jun 2022

Rebranding isn't just refreshing visual identity, it’s part of a strategic jigsaw in articulating your purpose. Rambert has been looking at ways to resonate beyond its immediate audience, as Jo Taylor explains.

Disability arts group with radical plans

Pathway actors close up
15 Jun 2022

As Extant celebrates its 25th anniversary, Mary Paterson shares their plans to spearhead radical change for disabled people in the theatre.

Social media success relies on one thing: telling stories

15 Jun 2022

Engagement with longform online content may be on a downward trend but, as Adam Koszary writes, expectations for creative storytelling on social media is picking up apace. 

Many voices, open minds, commitment to change

15 Jun 2022

What should underpin our evaluation practice in the arts? Oliver Mantell reflects on the new Evaluation Principles from the Centre for Cultural Value. 

A note of optimism for museums

15 Jun 2022

New research from the sector draws some optimistic conclusions about the prospects for museums, as Sarah Philp explains.

Empowering your people

Dancers in a circle
08 Jun 2022

If you support someone to feel good about themselves, they’re going to give you their best and, most importantly, do the best for themselves, says Vicki Igbokwe.

Managing creativity during times of uncertainty

08 Jun 2022

In this second article on dealing with challenges thrown up by the pandemic, Cimeon Ellerton-Kay and Natalie Hall shine a spotlight on existing assets and radical collaboration.

A shift in mindset for cultural governance

08 Jun 2022

Becky Chapman and Ben Qasim Monks are co-chairs of the board at Exeter Northcott Theatre. They share how they have shifted from an ‘oversight’ model of governance to an emphasis on ‘insights’. 

Learning to laugh at war

Bomb shelter in Kyiv theatre basement
07 Jun 2022

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a Kyiv theatre has become a bomb shelter for artists and locals. Its director Alex Borovenskiy has led the creative and humanitarian initiative using Facebook.

What is market research?

26 May 2022

There are many misconceptions about market research and who is or isn’t qualified to undertake it. Robin Cantrill-Fenwick unravels its mysteries.

A radical re-think of R&D policy

26 May 2022

How do art and artists contribute to innovation? Hasan Bakhshi and David Maggs argue that the typical ways of inquiring into the world are in desperate need of revitalisation.

Generation post-pandemic 

17 May 2022

The first post-pandemic generation is about to enter the creative industries. Anoushka Dossa has been examining their expectations and aspirations.

Who runs the arts in England?

outside the Royal Opera House
17 May 2022

New research confirms that elite institutions are still the dominant players in the interconnecting networks running the arts. Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor share their findings.

Comparing apples to oranges

image of a light bulb
17 May 2022

Arts organisations increasingly use data to inform their decision making. But, argue David Johnson and Sarah Thelwall, if it’s not relevant, it risks being distracting, or even misleading.

Evaluating cities and capitals of culture

art installation of dominoes in a town square
17 May 2022

With the winner of the UK City of Culture 2025 to be announced imminently, four academics outline their recommendations for the future of evaluation studies of Cities and Capitals of Culture. 


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