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.

How to… run arts projects in prisons

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14 Dec 2017

Working in prisons is some of the most challenging but rewarding work Dan Boyden does. He offers advice for artists and arts practitioners on getting started.

How can we best measure social value?

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05 Dec 2017

As the arts work their magic in so many mysterious ways, how can their impact be fully understood and measured? Matthew Brown wrestles with the concept of social value.

Try before you buy

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04 Dec 2017

A skills gap means that works using technology are still rare in arts centres and galleries. Artists need more opportunities for hands-on experience, says Andrew Knutt.

Bare necessities

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04 Dec 2017

What’s the recipe for maximising engagement and income?  Jenny Scudamore explores ‘segmentation made simple’.

GDPR: How to get the job done

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30 Nov 2017

Complying with the new data protection regulation may seem like an impossible task, but it’s one we all have to get to grips with. Leo Sharrock shares some practical steps to take now.

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. 

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