How I solved… challenges of cross-language collaboration

Theo Solomon in Suzy Storck
13 Nov 2017

Communicating ideas clearly and maintaining artistic integrity can be difficult in any collaboration – let alone one that straddles language barriers. Ellen McDougall explains how the Gate Theatre overcame these challenges for its latest co-production.

Business districts encouraged to partner with cultural sector

10 Nov 2017

Culture is the perfect vehicle to engage people in conversations about heritage and local identity, a new report concludes.

Collaborations between arts and academia benefit all

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27 Oct 2017

A national assessment of UK research has found partnering with academics can inspire arts organisations and practitioners to create innovative new projects.

Creating change together

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19 Oct 2017

Arts leaders involved in a new two-year programme for organisations seeking to create significant change gathered together for the first time recently. Richard Watts discusses the aims of the programme.

Arts Council joins forces with London authorities to promote culture in the capital

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13 Oct 2017

The shared commitment to extending access to arts and culture comes as London Mayor Sadiq Khan begins a review into the supply of artist workspace.

How to strengthen and maintain networks

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12 Oct 2017

What does a cultural network have to do – and be – to become strong, sustainable and effective? Four cultural professionals weigh in.

Connecting a city

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03 Oct 2017

Charles Quick describes how a programme of creative activities built around the Preston and Lancashire City Deal has brought together artists, residents and policy makers, and been met with a surprising amount of enthusiasm.

Learning from social policy

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27 Sep 2017

How can social and cultural leaders make the most of each other’s knowledge and change lives for the better? Researcher Jeanette Burnett has been finding out.

Culture plans for London’s Square Mile

Simon Rattle conducting an orchestra
21 Jul 2017

A creative district with “creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core” will be developed to link key cultural venues in the heart of the City of London.

A radical rescue plan

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13 Jul 2017

The Canterbury Heritage Museum has attracted fewer and fewer visitors in recent years, but a rescue plan involving the Marlowe Theatre is set to revitalise it. Janice McGuinness tells the story.

Bidding for funding in partnership

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13 Jul 2017

When the six counties in the north of Wales suddenly found themselves in competition with one another for funding, they decided to form a regional partnership and work together. Gwenno Eleri Jones tells the story.

Building resilience

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06 Jul 2017

Resilient leadership is vital in music education hubs, where a culture of shared purpose is at the heart of everything they do. Sue Hoyle and Mark Robinson explain what this involves.

How to... network as an introvert

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22 Jun 2017

If you’re an introvert, don’t listen to advice telling you to change: you are awesome and you will succeed, advises David Taylor.

International cultural exchange

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22 Jun 2017

Delivering training to creative businesses across Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean has taught Visiting Arts the value of forming relationships face-to-face, says Sophia Victoria.

Getting to know the neighbours

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21 Jun 2017

As producer-in-residence of a whole town, Bridget Floyer explains how she treats the residents as neighbours rather than audiences or participants.

Programming in partnership

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14 Jun 2017

mac Birmingham’s outreach programmes are creating meaningful dialogue between the arts centre and local communities, artists and cultural organisations. Daniel Fountain spoke to those involved to find out how.

Keeping the tourists busy

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08 Jun 2017

Millions of tourists flock to see Shakespeare’s England, but they don’t all have time to catch a play. Geraldine Collinge explains how the RSC has extended its offer beyond theatre. 

A success story for dance

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01 Jun 2017

A European Union-funded dance project won ‘success story’ status from a panel of experts for its impact, creative approach and the inspiration it gave others. Carole Blade tells the story.

London theatres join forces to support creatives

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30 May 2017

Theatre makers in the capital are the focus for a new network aiming to improve working practices and support for artists. 

From small beginnings

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18 May 2017

What could two independent music practitioners achieve by starting international conversations about music-making with children with special needs? Tom Northey tells the story.

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