‘I want to take the emotional risk’: getting men to open up about mental health

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23 Sep 2019

Restoke anticipated difficulties getting local men to talk about their mental wellbeing – then 170 of them responded to its first casting call. Clare Reynolds explains how co-creation helped create lasting change

‘Cathedrals of culture’ competition mooted by City of Culture founder 

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19 Sep 2019

Phil Redmond said partnerships between rural areas and their historic religious buildings could help make both relevant and culturally sustainable.

Museums and tourist boards at odds over cultural tourism

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12 Sep 2019

A new survey finds that one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.

Telling new stories around disability

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05 Sep 2019

Medical museums can be deeply offensive to disabled visitors. Richard Sandell introduces a radical project that replaced prejudiced perspectives with rights and respect.

NPOs accused of ‘condescending attitudes’ towards Creative People and Places partnerships

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04 Sep 2019

A report finds that relationship dynamics regarding Arts Council England’s flagship placemaking scheme are being “partly determined by geographic and class-based inequalities”.

Real change happens from the ground up

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29 Aug 2019

Top-down programmes will never bring about meaningful change, says Cath Hume – so it’s time for arts organisations and funders to shift their approach.

Beyond sport, monarchy and wars

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29 Aug 2019

First World War centenary commemorations proved that large-scale cultural projects can effectively mark nationally significant events. The question now is ‘what next?’, says Jane Ellison.

How we doubled attendance at the UK’s most northerly arts centre

29 Aug 2019

By working in partnership and refusing to patronise audiences, Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness has attracted record numbers, says Charlotte Mountford.

Businesses aren’t investing in culture, research finds

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23 Aug 2019

Employers think that arts and culture make places more attractive for workers – but see salaries, transport and schools as more important factors.

Why the arts need more partnerships with business

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20 Aug 2019

The cultural sector needs to follow Samuel Beckett’s words and “fail again…fail better”, argues Arts Council England’s Simon Mellor.

What will Brexit mean for European arts partnerships?

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09 Aug 2019

The prospect of leaving the EU inevitably creates uncertainties – but a silver lining is a greater understanding of the value of international collaboration, says Christoph Jankowski.

The power of collaborative communities

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05 Aug 2019

To unlock the full value of culture, Arts Council England needs to support villages, towns and cities across the country to work together more closely, says the funder's Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor.

Galleries dance partnership aims to tackle knowledge gap

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19 Jul 2019

A new initiative to commission dances with UK galleries will improve the profile and practice of this developing field, its founders say.

How to do change better

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18 Jul 2019

Meeting future challenges in the arts sector will not be about managing change, but creating it, says Richard Watts.

Job Ladder: Clare Reddington

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18 Jul 2019

The CEO of Bristol’s Watershed looks back on how “a jumble of opportunism and serendipity” has helped her avoid silos and find fulfilment throughout her career.

€3.1m Creative Europe funding hangs on Brexit deal

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11 Jul 2019

“Our carefully laid plans…would be wasted” if the UK leaves without a deal, says an organisation awarded €1.3m to lead a collaborative project.

Why European collaboration is worth fighting for

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11 Jul 2019

While some in the UK may believe we have little to learn from European collaboration, Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre have found cross-border networks to be a force for innovation and change.

The real 'Brand Britain': can European grassroots touring survive?

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11 Jul 2019

What might a no-deal Brexit do to the independent grassroots networks that currently flourish across the continent, asks Martin Cox.

How can rural voices be heard?

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11 Jul 2019

With metropolitan bias prevailing at both a national and European level, the best hope for rural arts organisations lies in collaboration, argues Ralph Lister.

A world with walls: how Brexit could stifle the success of outdoor arts

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11 Jul 2019

The outdoor arts sector has experienced growth over the last decade, but could a no-deal Brexit put the brakes on this? Maggie Clarke and Irene Segura share their concerns.

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