National network to develop socially-engaged arts practice

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27 Mar 2018

Supported by Arts Council England for an initial three years, the network will be led by Battersea Arts Centre with a focus “away from London”. 

How we… make theatre with refugees

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23 Mar 2018

Neil Beddow explains how acta in Bristol overcomes the challenges of engaging migrant and refugee communities in theatre making. 

We can’t leave it to chance!

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01 Mar 2018

Mandy Precious considers herself lucky to have discovered the arts, but are the next generation getting the same chances she did?

Singing helps mothers recover from postnatal depression

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12 Jan 2018

Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Survey reveals UK attitudes towards European culture

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12 Jan 2018

A survey of 1,000 adults in each European Union country finds older and less educated UK adults place less value on Europe’s cultural heritage.

Building a queer youth archive

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08 Jan 2018

A heritage project celebrating stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton has resulted in a digital archive, as well as new photographic work. Juliette Buss explains why the project has been so special for everyone involved. 

Funding concerns plague community arts groups, survey finds

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21 Dec 2017

1,000 people involved in creative groups have revealed why they participate and highlighted the challenges their groups face.

New guide aims to increase compassion in the arts

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20 Dec 2017

Subtle changes could help cultural organisations become more welcoming, attract more visitors and potentially increase donations.

Why there should be more art in prisons

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14 Dec 2017

When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.

The power of putting theory into practice

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30 Nov 2017

Chrissie Tiller implores those working in participatory and social arts practice to embrace critical reflection.

Fewer teenagers engaging in music activities than ever before

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29 Sep 2017

The decline in young people participating in dance appears to be reversing, although the gender gap among children has never been wider.

Arts organisations encouraged to engage older audiences

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11 Aug 2017

New ‘Age-Friendly Standards’ launched by the Family Arts Campaign aim to complement existing standards for welcoming families.

Research supports theory that arts can heal society

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04 Aug 2017

People who engage with the arts are more likely to be charitable donors and volunteers, a new study has found. 

Community integration in south London

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21 Jul 2017

Félicie Kertudo tells how she visited the South London Gallery to find out more about how it involves the local community in a range of inclusive projects.

Welsh Government expands anti-poverty arts programme

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14 Jul 2017

A successful pilot of the ‘Fusion’ programme is credited with engaging nearly 5,000 people across Wales since its launch in 2015.

Civically engaged arts leaders are “over-stretched”, inquiry finds

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13 Jul 2017

Arts organisations have a key role to play helping communities “come together, to learn, debate and celebrate” but they need more support, according to a new report from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

A radical rescue plan

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13 Jul 2017

The Canterbury Heritage Museum has attracted fewer and fewer visitors in recent years, but a rescue plan involving the Marlowe Theatre is set to revitalise it. Janice McGuinness tells the story.

Arts engagement in Northern Ireland outpaces England

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30 Jun 2017

Arts attendance among people living in the most deprived areas has grown, but the gap between these areas and those of least deprivation has widened over the past decade. 

Boys really can dance

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29 Jun 2017

Why do boys tend to give up dance classes when they reach their teens? Kate Laho and Natalie Holasz discuss the findings of a recent survey conducted by The Place.

Creating cultural democracy

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22 Jun 2017

Only 8% of people regularly engage with publicly funded art, but every day people are creating their own versions of culture. Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross report on research that makes the case for a new approach to cultural policy.

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