Stay well, supported and creative: our new microsite for Covid-19 updates

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19 Mar 2020

In uncertain times, ArtsProfessional will be providing regular updates on projects and resources to support wellbeing, careers and creativity in the arts.

Orchestral music's popularity grew in lockdown

07 Jan 2021

Movie scores and video game soundtracks are broadening the genre's appeal, attracting a new generation of fans who are more likely to donate.

'We are sorry': charity admits history of racism in arts activities

15 Dec 2020

Westway Trust says it "has been, and remains, institutionally racist" following decades of allegations.

Five things we’ve learnt from lockdown

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03 Dec 2020

National and international research has examined the pandemic’s impact on fundraising, marketing and audience development strategies, but what do the findings mean for the arts, culture and heritage in 2021? Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy looks to the challenges that now lie ahead. 

Marrying creativity with community service

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02 Dec 2020

Covid-19 means cultural institutions must take on their new civic role with as much imagination as possible. Sally Shaw and Firstsite had already embraced the challenge.

How to curate for a global moment

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12 Nov 2020

The groups least likely to visit a gallery can curate shows the public wants – and that directors would never dream to create, writes James Green.

What underground club culture can teach traditional venues

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05 Nov 2020

A live cultural event is about much more than just the performance, so when Covid-19 closed venues, innovators in the club scene set out to recreate the whole experience. Jack McNeill explains how.

How VR could save theatre

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05 Nov 2020

Even during the pandemic, virtual reality can offer a bridge into theatre for digitally curious audiences. Laura Mallows explains how Theatre-in-VR can reach those whose go-to artforms might normally be cinema, gaming or visual art.

How community projects led the way

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29 Oct 2020

A new series of case studies will be reflecting on the impact of the lockdown on communities and the ways Creative People and Places projects adapted to work with them. Caroline Griffin shares the story.

No growth in arts engagement over 15 years

30 Sep 2020

The proportion of adults taking part in the arts is the same as it was in 2005. ACE says there is still progress to be found in the figures.

Audiences will pay for 'live digital' events, survey suggests

22 Sep 2020

70% of audiences say they are willing to pay for digital events as full capacity shows remain on ice. But the shift towards user-pays models "will be a challenge," experts warn.

Arts at the heart of 'Festival of Brexit', boss says

09 Sep 2020

Teams applying for a share of £3m research and development funding must include STEM sectors, marking a shift in emphasis for the cultural showcase.

Museums and galleries ‘will need support until spring’

16 Jul 2020

Last year was a positive one for the UK’s attractions. But with tourism scuppered and a fast fall in visitor numbers, the British public’s patronage is crucial.

Learning through lockdown

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13 Jul 2020

The pandemic didn’t stop Music in the Round running the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival online – and learning from the experience. Jo Towler shares the outcomes, and the lessons for the future.

Storytelling – a different way of evaluating

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09 Jul 2020

Conventional monitoring and evaluation isn’t always helpful in community settings, but with some creative thinking, it can become a valuable part of the artistic process. Sarah Cassidy explains how a new technique can transform the outcomes.

Why creatives should design the experiences of their art

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10 Jun 2020

Competition in the ‘experience economy’ combined with the circumstances of the pandemic mean it’s time for the cultural sector to think harder about the experiences that audiences would like to have – and are prepared to pay for, says Patrick Towell.

Escaping the trap of tradition

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20 May 2020

The time has come for conservatoires to recognise their role within the wider sector and to embrace the challenges presented by modern times. Tom Foster offers six proposals for setting the ball rolling.

Failure seems to be the hardest word

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14 Apr 2020

When it's time to rebuild, the cultural sector will have to start owning up to failure if it is to learn from its previous mistakes. David Stevenson reports on a research project encouraging just that.

Creative conversations to start the day

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26 Mar 2020

How do you keep connected in our Covid-19 world? #CreativeNetwork is a chance to talk about creative responses to enforced separation – and drink coffee together. Jemma Neville explains. 

Time to ditch old-school approaches to audience development

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12 Mar 2020

Technocratic, old-school approaches to building audiences have only worked among privileged groups. The sector needs to think harder about what people actually want, says Anne Torreggiani.

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