Automated captioning

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30 Jun 2014

Captioning live theatre performances for the deaf is often seen as costly and inflexible, says Laura Arends. But new automated technology promises to be "truly transformative".

All friends together

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19 May 2014

A year after setting up a blog, Hilary Machell and Yvonne Battersby reflect on their experiences from initial nervousness to an award shortlisting.

A well grounded community

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26 Mar 2014

How does a tiny Georgian theatre survive in a working class town? Esther Harris talks to Richard Stride, owner of the Groundlings Theatre in Old Portsmouth.

In need of a new image

03 Feb 2014

Rich Hadley believes that cultural organisations must lose their "remote, elitist, rarified, out of touch and unyielding" image.

Contemporary music made more popular

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27 Jan 2014

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has an enviable international reputation but how does it go down with the locals? Sarah McWatt tells of activities and opportunities designed to reverse preconceptions.

Much more for your supper

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20 Jan 2014

Burns Night is celebrated in some style in Dumfries, with three days of music, theatre and carnival. Graham Main describes how thousands of local people take part and many more attend.

Selecting the right scheme

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20 Jan 2014

Are membership schemes a great idea or a lot of work? In the first of two articles Alex Youel helps you think through your business objectives and membership design before it’s too late...

The magnitude of marketing

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29 Oct 2013

How much has the arts marketing role changed in the last twenty years? Strikingly, says Sarah Chambers, who examines what is now required to market culture.

Community commitment

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01 Jul 2013

The Old Vic’s community theatre projects may be uneconomic and time-consuming, but Steve Winter and Alexander Ferris believe they make a valuable contribution to the theatre’s output.

Prosperous partnerships

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06 Jun 2013

Collaborations with a yacht club, fishermen and many others are set to increase engagement in the arts in the Canterbury region. Lucy Johnson describes the ‘Prosper’ project.

Making noises

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22 May 2013

Dianne Greig explains how Glasgow’s galleries and museums are collaborating through the WhiteNOISE project to develop the city’s audience for the visual arts.

All change at audience agencies

30 Nov 2012

Yorkshire declares independence while Scotland joins forces

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.

New ideas about audiences

15 Oct 2012

 AP has always shared the best practice on audience development with the sector, says Liz Hill.

Does opera need famous faces or different places?

10 Oct 2012

Chrissie Tiller says bringing opera into everyday spaces may broaden its audience.

Deepening engagement

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08 Oct 2012

Andrew McIntyre outlines a new approach to exploring cultural engagement which provides an insight into people’s behaviour – and how to change it.

Millions for more audiences

27 Feb 2012

ACE’s strategic funds aim to improve audience engagement levels


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