A different kind of dialogue

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18 Oct 2018

Approaches to assessing cultural value are stuck in a financially reductionist ‘value = money’ orbit. We should be examining people’s experiences of culture, and the meaning that comes from those experiences, says Julian Meyrick.

Loss of small music venues is handing control of culture to robots, MPs told

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12 Oct 2018

The economic model for those performing in or running small music venues is unviable, the DCMS Committee was told.

A snapshot of older audiences

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11 Oct 2018

What are the characteristics, interests and motivations of the over-65 demographic? Lucie Fitton reveals all.

Dancing on the pinhead of pricing

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04 Oct 2018

Baker Richards helped the Royal Opera House kick-start a revolution in evidence-based marketing that increased revenues by £400,000 in six months. Tim Baker talked to Lucy Sinclair about the value of using data to drive decision-making.

The consistency illusion

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27 Sep 2018

The arts are important because they matter to us, and any attempts to further justify them lead to an impoverished and less human life, says Carter Gillies.

Cultural attendance on the rise in Scotland

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24 Sep 2018

More than nine in ten adults either attended a cultural event or place, or participated in a cultural activity in 2017.

Momentum builds for action on pay

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21 Sep 2018

Wales takes a lead as arts professionals across all the countries of the UK are urged to take part in research that will shed light on low pay and earnings in the cultural sector.

Measuring the difference you make

13 Sep 2018

Arts organisations are under growing pressure to demonstrate social impact. Emma Taylor-Collins explains how they can gain robust, high quality evidence to measure their success.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

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07 Sep 2018

Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.

Using data to find the right schools

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06 Sep 2018

How can an arts organisation be sure it is working with schools that represent the community? Lucie Fitton and Ashleigh Hibbins suggest combining arts, population and schools data.

Arts Council reports collapse in London arts attendance

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31 Aug 2018

Arts Council England attributes the majority of the unprecedented 16.6 million fall to a drop in exhibition visitor numbers, but has declined to give details of how it arrived at these figures.

Counting errors blamed for slump in National Portrait Gallery visitor figures

National Portrait Gallery
30 Aug 2018

The 800k drop reported between 2017 and 2018 was due to errors in technology installed by research company Ipsos Retail Performance, which also provides services for other cultural organisations in the UK.

Audience Agency opens up huge dataset

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24 Aug 2018

“The largest set of aggregated data on cultural engagement anywhere in the world” is being made available for academic researchers.

Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

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10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

‘Donut’ venues boost community engagement, report finds

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09 Aug 2018

Three outer city venues around Leeds were found to have generated committed core audiences in areas perceived as barren.

Culture more important than politics to US-UK ties, report finds

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24 Jul 2018

Americans online talked more about Adele than Brexit, even in the month after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Creative Europe funding boosts UK culture, research finds

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20 Jul 2018

91 companies and organisations in the UK were supported by Creative Europe last year, receiving 10% of the scheme’s total funds.

UK leads soft power index

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20 Jul 2018

The country’s culture was ranked second globally, remaining behind the US and ahead of France and Germany.

Audience development agency to close after Creative Scotland cuts

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13 Jul 2018

15 employees will be affected by the closure of Culture Republic, following the loss of its annual funding from Creative Scotland.

Brexit voters more likely to shun the arts, research finds

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11 Jul 2018

Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.

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