€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

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03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

Audience development agency to close after Creative Scotland cuts

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13 Jul 2018

15 employees will be affected by the closure of Culture Republic, following the loss of its annual funding from Creative Scotland.

Green light for artistic quality measurement scheme

06 Jul 2018

Counting What Counts Ltd has won the £2.3m contract to deliver the quality measurement system that England’s larger arts organisations will use from October.

Attracting audiences other artforms cannot reach

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05 Jul 2018

How do outdoor arts have the potential to reach audiences other artforms can’t, and how can we best support the sector, asks Penny Mills.

Dancing in the streets

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05 Jul 2018

Losing NPO funding was devastating for Dance Manchester, but it has liberated the company to pursue its own path driving placemaking through outdoor work, says Deb Ashby.

Only fools and dreamers

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28 Jun 2018

Setting up a new theatre in a former bus depot with no funding was a leap of faith for its two founders. Peter Tate and Anthony Biggs tell the story.

Midsummer tasters

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28 Jun 2018

For people reluctant to pay to see a full-length Shakespeare play, the RSC’s open-air, non-ticketed theatre staging amateur productions offers a relaxed alternative, says Nicola Salmon.

Performing in the public realm

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14 Jun 2018

Alison Fordham explains how IF: Milton Keynes International Festival’s programme of outdoor events is a key audience development and placemaking tool for the town.

Creating a cultural landscape

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14 Jun 2018

Partnering with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has created opportunities for Activate to bring exciting contemporary art to stunning outdoor settings. Kate Wood explains how.

A coastline for cultural tourists

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14 Jun 2018

Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.

Out and about in Leicester

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14 Jun 2018

A research project examining Leicester’s 24 arts festivals uncovered interesting insights into audience behaviour and preferences. Richard Fletcher discusses the findings.

Falling in love with data

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07 Jun 2018

Decision-making can include hard evidence, so how can we best help arts professionals to embrace the data that provides it, asks Patrick Towell.

Wearing new shoes

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24 May 2018

What would you discover if you played the role of a new visitor to your venue? Lisa Baxter explains the value of customer journey mapping.

Empowering the box office

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17 May 2018

Changing the role of the box office at Vancouver’s summer Shakespeare festival from an operational one to a marketing one resulted in an increase in ticket revenue, says Ethan Joseph.

New attitudes to music-making

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17 May 2018

Has music become too pigeon-holed into distinct genres? Tony Haynes asks how we can truly promote cultural diversity when the opportunities for creativity are so restricted.

The added value of pop-up box offices

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16 May 2018

Hull Truck Theatre’s pop-up box offices in local supermarkets sell tickets to new audiences and also create valuable community relationships. Magda Moses tells the story.

Connecting a diverse programme with diverse audiences

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03 May 2018

Bespoke segmentation modelling helps Sadler’s Wells talk to its audiences with personalised precision across venues and genres. Sebastian Cheswright Cater explains how.

From institution to inclusion

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12 Apr 2018

Why would a cultural venue install a swimming pool? Alexia Jacques Casanova charts the evolution of inclusive and participatory practice in museums and shares advice from Bozar in Brussels.

Building a grassroots touring circuit

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12 Apr 2018

Presenting theatre in pubs and social clubs can help breathe life into communities and engage non-arts audiences. Rod Dixon explains how Red Ladder has created a touring model dependent on local promoters.

A successful move

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05 Apr 2018

Open House arts festival took a risk when it moved from Belfast to Bangor in Northern Ireland, but one that is paying off now that it’s making a difference again. Colette Fahy tells the story.

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