The potential of grassroots culture

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19 Jul 2018

Grassroots culture undeniably delivers huge benefits to communities and local economies, but Martin Cox believes it could also resuscitate the funded cultural sector.

Brexit voters more likely to shun the arts, research finds

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11 Jul 2018

Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.

Data map reveals levels of arts engagement across England

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15 Jun 2018

The data will be used by Arts Council England to inform a £24m investment in new areas through its Creative People and Places programme.

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24 May 2018

What would you discover if you played the role of a new visitor to your venue? Lisa Baxter explains the value of customer journey mapping.

Tensions between the everyday and the exceptional

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12 Apr 2018

How can we make the arts an everyday experience for everyone? Michael Eades explains why he believes in the power of grassroots arts.

The elusiveness of everyday culture

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12 Apr 2018

What – or who – needs to change to achieve cultural democracy and how can we remove the tension between official and everyday culture, asks Martin Cox.

From institution to inclusion

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12 Apr 2018

Why would a cultural venue install a swimming pool? Alexia Jacques Casanova charts the evolution of inclusive and participatory practice in museums and shares advice from Bozar in Brussels.

A different regeneration story in Bradford

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28 Mar 2018

Cultural regeneration in London has seen local communities priced out of their homes, but an arts organisation in Bradford is determined to prove it can work to the benefit of local people and businesses. Bernard Ginns explains how.

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.

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