'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.

Watchdog questions trustworthiness of DfE statistics

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07 Jun 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has called for greater clarity in the way the Department presents statistics, after investigating concerns raised by ArtsProfessional and others.

Creativity + innovation = change

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30 May 2019

Patrick Towell unpicks the crucial differences between creativity and innovation in the context of rapid change in the cultural sector.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Why failing fast can be good for you

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15 May 2019

What can you do if your event is approaching but your marketing campaign isn’t achieving its desired effect? If you’ve got access to the right data, there’s always time to turn the tide, says Paul Fadden.

Is it time for quotas?

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09 May 2019

Having recently announced that South East Dance is to produce an all-female dance programme, Cath James discusses the complex issue of gender quotas.

Taking inspiration from sport

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09 May 2019

Why are many women in the arts not progressing into leadership roles? Alex Marshall asks if there are lessons to be learned from the world of sport.

ACE denies statistics are misleading as regulator demands more clarity

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03 May 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has endorsed AP’s challenge to Arts Council England over the reporting of audience numbers in its latest annual review.

Major museums to compare visitor experiences with other leisure attractions

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18 Apr 2019

New research will compare data on areas such as cross-visitation and dwell-time at some of England’s largest cultural institutions, including Tate and the British Museum.

Smarter thinking about mobile ticketing

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18 Apr 2019

Mobile ticketing is convenient for the customer and can open up new business opportunities. Innovations in the US signal a way forward for the UK, suggests James McClure.

Arts Council England urged to replace Grantium

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12 Apr 2019

In a consultation on its new 10-year strategy, the funder also heard from ‘many’ that funding should be reduced for the largest organisations, and that it is seen as using too much jargon.

Tate Modern becomes most visited attraction in the UK

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29 Mar 2019

Total visits to attractions in the UK were up 8.7% on the previous year, driven in large part by regional success and the so-called “Dippy effect”.

Mapping London's cultural riches

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28 Mar 2019

City Hall has launched an interactive online map capturing details of the capital’s cultural spaces - from theatres and studios to pubs and creative workspaces. Justine Simons explains how it will support local planners and creative workers.

Organising a life's work

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14 Mar 2019

A new app offers an innovative and cost-effective way for artists to shape their legacies within their lifetimes, says Ellie Porter.

Breaking new ground

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14 Mar 2019

Drew Hemment and Feimatta Conteh explain how a data-driven artwork encourages crucial public engagement with an environmental observatory.

ICO calls for greater transparency for arm’s length arts services

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15 Feb 2019

A proposed extension to the Freedom of Information Act would see leisure trusts, which increasingly run arts services, returned to “direct public scrutiny”.

Young people under-represented in the arts, research finds

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15 Feb 2019

Detailed information on the demographics of the creative workforce has been released for the first time in seven years.

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