Lessons from the past

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29 Jan 2015

Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.

Unlimited access

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01 Dec 2014

To make Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival a success, Wendy Martin knew that she had to improve accessibility for the 100 performers and artists with disabilities.

Northern Ireland prioritises access

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06 Nov 2014

The Arts Council’s new five-year strategy makes a commitment to promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion, while strengthening the sector to withstand funding cuts.

Untransformed attitudes

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04 Sep 2014

A senior arts professional speaks out on discrimination in the arts, asking why “disabled people are nearly invisible with embarrassingly few leaders”.

An online presence

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04 Sep 2014

Creating a level playing field for visual artists is the aim of online gallery Outside In. Kate Davey tells how its surgery days show artists how to display their work online.

Between arts and academia

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17 Jul 2014

Universities and the cultural sector can work in partnership to drive innovation, widen participation and engage a broader public, writes Deborah Bull.

Cinema screenings fail to create a new audience for opera

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30 May 2014

Live broadcasts are attracting a dedicated older audience who value affordability and accessibility, a new survey has found.

No more feast or famine

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26 May 2014

The AccessArt website has switched from being project-funded to self-sustaining thanks to its membership income. Paula Briggs tells the story.

Lottery funding landscape laid bare

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25 Apr 2014

The distribution of Lottery funding for the arts is a closed system, operating for the benefit of a small number of arts organisations but to the detriment of wider society and the economy, according to a new report by the authors who recently revealed England’s regional arts funding imbalance.

My Gurus

26 Feb 2014

Suba Das, Curve’s Associate Director of Community Engagement, tells us about his gurus.

Created in code

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10 Feb 2014

Seb Lee-Delisle describes how he used computer programming to create an interactive fireworks display.

Tipping the balance

31 Oct 2013

If ‘access for everyone’ is the policy goal, then regional funding is the elephant in the room, says Liz Hill.

The arts in a box

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30 Sep 2013

The Bloomsbury Festival in a Box outreach scheme is tackling cultural exclusion, reports Cathy Mager.

Arts organisations fall down on the marketing of accessible events

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06 Sep 2013

Improvements in physical access for disabled people have not been matched by better strategies to attract audiences, says new report.  

A slow journey

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09 May 2013

Tony Heaton reflects on how far we have come to make arts buildings accessible to all.

A cold wind

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09 May 2013

How can we make sure that physical access improvements remain a priority despite current economic constraints? David Bonnett has some suggestions.

Ticketing without borders

03 Dec 2012

A combination of technologies offers travellers the opportunity to book tickets for events at the same time as they book their travel arrangements. Bart van Schriek explains how.

Guidance in good practice

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20 Nov 2012

A new online knowledge bank combines information and guidance on bringing art and audiences together. Pam Pfrommer gives the background to the initiative.

The devil in the detail

22 Aug 2012

Will there be a mismatch between the vision articulated in the Henley Review of Cultural Learning and the strategies for making it a reality? Sam Cairns examines the evidence so far.


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