Three reasons why ACE’s new strategy won’t cut it

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23 Jan 2020

As Arts Council England prepares to publish its next ten-year strategy, thought leaders suggest a radical alternative.

Why great customer service isn't enough

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16 Jan 2020

It’s time we all started thinking of ourselves as experience makers. Lasting memories and positive emotions can be created at every point of contact with audiences, writes Lucy Costelloe.

What has the Lottery done for artists?

02 Jan 2020

Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones.

ACE treads carefully with ‘intrusive’ new social class metric

17 Dec 2019

Arts Council England will begin collecting data on the socio-economic background of its NPO workforce next year, but will need to overcome perceptions that doing so is “alien, intimate and intrusive”.

What do we really know about audience privilege?

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18 Nov 2019

Research suggests that people living in ‘more deprived’ areas are less likely to engage with cultural activity. But is that true across the board, or are there different patterns between – and within – different art forms? Mark Taylor digs deep to find out. 

Can you quantify class?

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14 Nov 2019

Asking questions about someone’s social class may feel uncomfortable, but people are less sensitive than you might think. Maya Sharma and Dan Cowley explain why it’s important to tackle the subject head on – and how to go about it.

When gut instinct can lose you audiences

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07 Nov 2019

Intuition can take you only so far. You’ll be more successful at retaining audiences and reviving lapsed attenders if you use data rather than instinct to develop customer loyalty, says Sarah McAleavy.

UK loses soft power crown as Brexit sours reputation

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29 Oct 2019

Researchers say ongoing political turmoil has had a “clear, negative impact” on the country’s global standing.

Smaller museums ‘reticent’ about tax relief scheme

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24 Oct 2019

About half of institutions surveyed in Yorkshire and Humber were not claiming or planning to make a claim through the Government initiative.

Government rejects ‘UK Garden City’ calls

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21 Oct 2019

Arts Minister Helen Whately said the proposed scheme risked detracting from the success of existing initiatives such as City of Culture.

How healthcare in Wales is embracing the arts

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17 Oct 2019

Dedicated arts and health co-ordinators, together with a commitment to measure impact, are pushing culture into the mainstream of the country’s health policy, writes Nesta Lloyd-Jones.

Let’s talk fundraising tactics

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19 Sep 2019

Finding creative ways to grab donors’ attention is at the heart of successful fundraising campaigns. Conor Coyle shares some winning tactics.

GDPR one year on: four things to watch out for

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05 Sep 2019

Following recent large fines issued by the UK’s privacy watchdog, Raj Shah offers some tips to avoid falling foul of the regulator.

Visual arts audiences ‘increasingly dominated by a new generation’

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29 Aug 2019

New research finds that visual arts appeal disproportionately to millennials and Generation Z – but warns the sector needs to understand the barriers faced by less culturally experienced visitors.

Parents more likely to visit galleries with children, says survey

27 Aug 2019

New research finds that a lack of play areas and parking were the most common reasons for negative experiences when taking children to cultural venues.

Who gets ACE funding? Diversity data reveals surprising trends

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08 Aug 2019

BME-led organisations were 60% more likely to fall at the first hurdle of Project Grants applications – while LGBT-led groups were 25% more likely to secure grants.

'The problem is that everybody hates it': insights from qualitative research

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27 Jun 2019

An analysis of motivations helped a contemporary music ensemble upend received wisdom about its audiences. Celia Duffy and Charlotte Gilmore explain how.

Leeds University to run £2.5m Centre for Cultural Value

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14 Jun 2019

The centre will act as a “one-stop shop” to bridge the gap between research and practice.

The data illusion

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14 Jun 2019

Funders are increasing their demands for data from arts organisations while only paying lip service to quality in their own statistics. It’s time to stop indulging them, says Jonathan Knott.

Creative processes at the heart

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12 Jun 2019

The place in which a cultural organisation finds itself can determine how it thrives, survives or even dies, but many organisations are now taking the lead in helping places reinvent themselves. Anne Torreggiani explores the rise of place-shaping.

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