APConversation: Does the arts have a diversity problem?

23 Jul 2015

Christy Romer spoke to four leading figures across the arts sector to ask for an answer - in their own words - to a simple question: Does the arts have a diversity problem?

Why audiences attend

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22 Jul 2015

After collecting more than 100,000 survey responses, Leo Sharrock and Helen Palmer can reveal the main reason people attend the arts.

A simple start

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09 Jul 2015

Catherine Love explains why giving emerging artists no-strings-attached support is so important.

Employment boom in music, performing and visual arts

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03 Jul 2015

Jobs in the arts are growing at a higher rate than in any other area of the creative industries, but new figures from the DCMS lay bare the scale of the diversity problem.

Active ageing

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02 Jul 2015

What better place to learn about using the arts to help older people and those with dementia than in Japan, where a quarter of people are over 65. Nick Ponsillo reports on his recent trip.

Rapid results

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18 Jun 2015

An innovative regional theatre has used data and cloud technology to increase ticket sales and diversify its business model, explains Libby Penn.

Arts managers honoured in Queen’s Birthday list

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17 Jun 2015

Nicholas Penny, the outgoing management team of Chichester Festival Theatre and Whitworth Art Gallery’s Maria Balshaw are amongst the 1,163 recipients of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

What is community theatre?

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19 May 2015

Isn’t all theatre ‘community’ theatre, asks Sara Clifford as she explores why so many people write it off as just amateur, worthy and poor quality.

Scottish economy benefits from increase in museum and gallery attendance

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15 May 2015

A new report finds that growing numbers of museum and gallery attenders are contributing nearly £900m to the Scottish economy, but organisations are staffed primarily by volunteers.

Classical music professionals honoured at RPS awards

08 May 2015

Outstanding projects in communication, engagement, and learning and participation have been highlighted at the prestigious annual awards. 

Less is definitely more

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07 May 2015

Hannah Mitchell explains how arts organisations can achieve the desired ticket sales through significantly fewer emails.

The burden of proof

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30 Apr 2015

In true Bertrand Russell style, Chrissie Tiller suggests that we turn the burden of proof on its head – and prove that the arts and culture are of no value to anyone.

Job Ladder - Alice McGrath

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22 Apr 2015

Joint Executive Producer of Scottish Dance Theatre, Alice McGrath, looks back at her career to date.

Talking with confidence

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16 Apr 2015

A recent visual arts and museums project offered volunteers training to enable them to talk more knowledgably and confidently to visitors, says Carolyn Black.

What next for musical theatre?

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09 Apr 2015

Jodi Myers explores the complexities of musical theatre today and why it needs meaningful investment to give new work a greater chance of surviving.

Inspired through school

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18 Mar 2015

Matt Baker explains how young people in the Chester area are being encouraged to get involved with theatre, dance and music, through a programme working closely with schools.


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