The power of putting theory into practice

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30 Nov 2017

Chrissie Tiller implores those working in participatory and social arts practice to embrace critical reflection.

Arts investment: The north-south divide

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23 Nov 2017

In an era of funding cuts, how can a town like Barnsley find the level of support it needs to encourage badly needed cultural regeneration? Helen Ball describes the challenges.

My experience with crowdfunding

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21 Nov 2017

Amy Zamarripa Solis’s first attempt at crowdfunding was not a success. She explains what went wrong and reveals how – after raising less than 50% of her target – she still managed to stage a successful fringe theatre production.

Arrested development: a region losing its arts officers

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16 Nov 2017

As the infrastructure of local authority arts provision starts to crack under the strain of funding cuts, Christy Romer examines the ripple effect across Norfolk.

Paying a wage to live on

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16 Nov 2017

Following revelations of disappointingly low pay figures in the charity sector, Daniel Williams explains why it’s in arts organisations best interests to become Living Wage employers.

How to… deal with complaints of sexual harassment

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14 Nov 2017

Following revelations of inappropriate behaviour by high-profile figures in the arts, Simon Jones offers practical guidance for small organisations on handling such situations.

How I solved… challenges of cross-language collaboration

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13 Nov 2017

Communicating ideas clearly and maintaining artistic integrity can be difficult in any collaboration – let alone one that straddles language barriers. Ellen McDougall explains how the Gate Theatre overcame these challenges for its latest co-production.

The domino effect

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10 Nov 2017

Events are fickle things, prone to frequent last-minute changes that can cause chaos. Could your venue’s systems benefit from further digitisation? Andrew Thomas considers the issues.

How to… create a successful volunteer programme

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09 Nov 2017

Volunteering in the arts should be an enriching experience, says Cathryn Peach. She shares five tips for designing programmes that motivate, empower and inspire volunteers.

Volunteering for the 21st century

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09 Nov 2017

New technology and a growing interest from young people has led to a boom in ‘micro-volunteering’ in the arts. Claire Sully explains how it’s helping some organisations engage audiences and save money. 

A role for every volunteer

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09 Nov 2017

Arts organisations in Wales are becoming more imaginative with the types of volunteer opportunities they offer, from online volunteering to time-banking schemes, reveals Gareth Coles.

How much hope should we put in trusts and foundations?

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02 Nov 2017

With local authority arts funding slumping, are trusts and foundations picking up the bill? Christy Romer assesses a landscape under strain.

Why your organisational values should inform your fundraising

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02 Nov 2017

Fundraising in the arts has never been more highly regulated, but that doesn’t mean organisations should forget their own ethics and values, argues Michelle Wright.

How I reacted to… a change in the funding climate

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30 Oct 2017

When project funding slowed after the financial crash, Jaybird Live Literature was unable to put on the technically complex poetry shows it was known for. Julia Bird explains how it adapted its work to stay in business.

The AAA of income

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26 Oct 2017

Are you leaving money on the table? Tim Baker explains how taking an integrated approach to earned income can help arts organisations improve their bottom line.

Why a council pulled the plug on a £17m arts centre

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26 Oct 2017

What lessons can be learned from Harrow Arts Centre about the complex and risky business of moving arts services into independent trusts? Christy Romer investigates how a dream turned sour.

The recipe for successful diversification

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26 Oct 2017

Many arts organisations need to diversify their income streams. Mahmood Reza reveals the three ingredients they need to do so successfully.

From performer to leader

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26 Oct 2017

How easy is it to make the transition from being a performer to becoming the chief executive of an arts organisation? Coreene Archer discusses the tensions and the strategies for success.

The psychology of loyalty

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26 Oct 2017

Messages to arts audiences tend to focus on getting people to attend, but do little to trigger the strong feelings that will create long-term loyalty. Ron Evans explains why – and how – this should change.

What’s the point of an audience development plan?

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19 Oct 2017

Writing an audience development plan isn’t just a tick-box exercise – it’s a valuable process, says Anne Torreggiani.

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