Can the arts tackle digital exclusion?

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17 Oct 2019

New research highlights how cultural organisations could play a key role in demystifying the internet to non-users, writes Katie Moffat.

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.

Lessons in leadership from an interim Chief Executive

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23 Apr 2019

What is it like to lead a large and complex organisation? Having just spent some time as an interim chief executive, Matthew Brown reveals what he’s learnt. 

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.

UK institutions collaborate on ‘virtual conservatoire’

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29 Mar 2019

A digital project will enable real-time collaboration across a consortium of six leading training institutions for performing artists.

How to…develop a meaningful digital strategy

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14 Mar 2019

As work gets underway on a new industry-wide digital code of best practice, Katie Moffat outlines four fundamental principles underpinning a successful digital strategy.

Playing for high stakes

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14 Mar 2019

Aenne Lotze and Francesca Cross explain how a recent project harnessed young people's passion for online gaming to develop their real-world skills and relationships.

New ways to tell stories

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14 Mar 2019

A key barrier to growth in the immersive technology industry is a lack of content. It’s a gap tailor-made for the cultural sector to step into, says Tonya Nelson.

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.

Senior arts staff sidelining digital work, research finds

22 Feb 2019

Digital skills are spread thin in cultural organisations, with only one in six of those in the most senior strategic roles identifying web or digital activity as forming a part of their work.

The talk of the town

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07 Feb 2019

When Ron Evans started thinking about how to make post-show talks more appealing and accessible, he found audiences hungry for new ways of engaging with the arts.

Creative industries collaboration to explore potential for immersive performance

11 Jan 2019

Opportunities for using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies will be developed with a view to extending the ways audiences across the world can experience live performance.

How to... develop a CRM strategy

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03 Jan 2019

How can arts organisations develop the best possible strategy for their customer relationship management and ticketing systems? Helen Dunnett suggests some steps to make the task easier.

New realities

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22 Nov 2018

The opportunities for using virtual and augmented reality in the arts are immense, but realising them is no trivial matter, says Rebecca Gregory-Clarke.

‘Tech champions’ to support digital capacities of arts across England

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England will employ nine people to each look after a region of England and provide advice and tailored digital support to organisations across the country.

NPOs rejected Arts Council-backed YouTube network

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09 Nov 2018

The lack of a marketing strategy in the first few years of the programme and the diminishing dominance of YouTube led to underwhelming take up of the multi-channel Canvas network.

Embracing business

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08 Nov 2018

As arts and cultural organisations rise to the challenges facing the sector, some are adopting new and ground-breaking templates for their relationships with business. Patrick Towell surveys the changing landscape.

The art of management

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08 Nov 2018

Artists are using their creative insight to advise business on strategies and methods of production. Catherine Morel and Philippe Mairesse explain how.

Reaching the iPhone generation

Tablets and smart phones offer potential for short video
30 Aug 2018

Arts organisations could be doing a lot to tempt potential audiences with a taster of their work. Steve Wallace explains how video could take more advantage of society’s growing visual literacy.

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