How can we best respond to a crisis?

18 Mar 2020

The challenges facing arts organisations have changed dramatically – but that doesn’t mean giving up on our core values, says Richard Watts.

The arts and mental health: a vibrant field flying under the radar

18 Mar 2020

David Cutler explains why the Baring Foundation will be supporting this flourishing yet sometimes precarious area of work in a major new funding programme.

Covid-19: Connecting online during social distancing

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17 Mar 2020

As the sector turns to technology, here’s what you need to know about running online-only events.

Time to ditch old-school approaches to audience development

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12 Mar 2020

Technocratic, old-school approaches to building audiences have only worked among privileged groups. The sector needs to think harder about what people actually want, says Anne Torreggiani.

How community engagement can change your life

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05 Mar 2020

We can only change our local communities if we’re willing to change ourselves, says Carol Jones.

UK Government opts out of Creative Europe

02 Mar 2020

The UK will not seek to stay in the programme next year or commit to funding any alternatives to the chagrin of the Scottish Government.

A tale of two regions? Engaging arts audiences in the West Midlands

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13 Feb 2020

Striking differences between urban and rural areas make a strong case for a dual regional policy, argue Anne Torreggiani and Zoe Papiernik-Bloor.

Creative wellbeing for the Windrush generation

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13 Feb 2020

Pauline Bailey looks back on a project that developed social confidence and artistic expression among Birmingham's BAME elders.

Want justice for arts freelancers? Just ask a pirate

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30 Jan 2020

Looking for role models who are fleet of foot, democratic, and full of creative flair? Look no further than the Golden Age Pirates, says Sarah Shead.

Creating creative entrepreneurs

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16 Jan 2020

The Agency has put young people at the centre of change in their communities. Roisin Feeny and Meghan Peterson share how it is developing their creative skills beyond the stage, gallery or museum.

Call for more collaborative cultural leadership

13 Jan 2020

The Creative People and Places scheme is helping develop a new generation of progressive arts leaders, according to research.

EU funding worth £2.3m a year to Wales

06 Jan 2020

A report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales warns the figure is likely an underestimate as Brexit approaches.

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

Job Ladder: 'I’ve always followed what felt right'

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05 Dec 2019

From freelance marketing to running his own production company, Jake Orr has always been willing to take a leap into the unknown.

The learning revolution: how learning departments are driving cultural change

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28 Nov 2019

How can cultural spaces become spaces of learning? And how can learning spaces become cultural spaces? Jenny Mollica reflects on the experience of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning as it reaches its tenth anniversary.

Bonding with the Bard: how Shakespeare brought East Londoners closer together

28 Nov 2019

Can theatres really forge deep and meaningful connections with their local communities across age, class and ethnicity? Douglas Rintoul explains how Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has done just that.

Everyone welcome – of all faiths and none

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24 Oct 2019

Staff and museum users from Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership challenge Tristram Hunt’s definition of what it means to be “consciously civic”.

Celebrating the hyper-local

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17 Oct 2019

From family births to DIY successes, greasy spoons to local DJs, a collaborative project has been celebrating local radio on high streets across the country. Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton explain why the time is right for hyper-local theatre.

Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to merge

25 Sep 2019

Joint venture aims to 'supercharge' UK arts lobbying and business development 

Heritage key to creative industries’ success, report claims

24 Sep 2019

The Heritage Alliance is calling for greater recognition and funding to support the historic places and objects that underpin creative and cultural activities, challenging the stereotype of heritage as “a decorative incidental backdrop to contemporary creative work”.

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