Creative People and Places attracts over one million engagements

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05 Aug 2016

The programme is successfully engaging people in areas of low arts participation, although this has not yet led to an increase in Grants for the Arts awards, researchers have found.

How to… create socially engaged art

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20 Jul 2016

To make useful art, don’t dumb down, dumb up, says Alistair Hudson.

Inquiry aims to grow the civic role of the arts

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20 May 2016

Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.

Light, sound and conversation

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19 May 2016

An interactive light and sound installation recently connected neighbours in a former coal mining area. Debbi Lander explains how.

Pop-up opportunity

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05 May 2016

The invitation to bring a disused library in Southwark back to life as a pop-up space for artists and community groups came with many challenges as well as opportunities, Rebecca Manson Jones reveals.

Local and loyal

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14 Apr 2016

Growing slowly and organically has helped Kidderminster Arts Festival respond to the needs of local artists and the community, says Loz Samuels.

My Gurus – Liza Vallance

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07 Apr 2016

Studio 3 Arts’s Liza Vallance reveals who inspires her work at the forefront of socially engaged, co-created artistic practice.

Life-saving courses

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10 Mar 2016

Jane Rich reveals how Cambridge Community Arts creates unexpected joy through its creative courses that leave mental health at the door.

Best practice guide to support artists working in prisons

18 Feb 2016

A new publication aims to build the skills of artists delivering activities in Scottish prisons.

The arts in green spaces

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02 Feb 2016

Spending time in the great outdoors is proven to boost wellbeing, but how can the arts encourage people to do it? Nicky Goulder describes one project that is doing just that. 

On the touchline

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26 Jan 2016

The local rugby league club proved to be the secret to getting a town with low arts engagement interested in a cultural programme, explains Patrick Fox.

Luton to benefit from new ACE funding approach

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15 Jan 2016

ACE’s “new approach” to funding will see £1.5m fed into Luton from 2016 – 2019 to develop its arts and cultural provision.

Finding an audience

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13 Jan 2016

It’s not easy to find an audience for contemporary devised theatre in an area with low arts engagement, but Nancy Barrett did it. She tells us how.

Job Ladder – Helen Willmott

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07 Jan 2016

How do you come to manage a community arts programme? Made in Corby’s Helen Willmott takes us through the steps of her career.

Engagement grows through Creative People and Places programme

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11 Dec 2015

An interim evaluation of the programme finds progress despite challenges and points to the need for new thinking on arts infrastructure in areas of low arts engagement.

Creating new images for peace

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03 Nov 2015

Murals were used to divide communities during the Troubles, now art is helping to build peace in Northern Ireland, says Roisin McDonough.

Funding slashed for Creative People and Places

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23 Oct 2015

Local arts projects working in areas of England with low levels of cultural participation will be looking to partnership funding to support their ambitions as Arts Council England cuts funding.

Never too old

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08 Oct 2015

When Jim Mulligan joined Spare Tyre's workshops for older people, little did he know that he would go on to write four plays for the company and become a trustee.

Long live creative living

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08 Oct 2015

Susan Jones explains how innovative arts housing can enable older people to express themselves creatively late into life.

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