Wales sets out quality principles for participatory work

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26 Aug 2016

A new online resource aims to help arts practitioners develop a better understanding of the measures that improve the experience of participants.

Culture Secretary endorses White Paper goals

Karen Bradley outside the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
12 Aug 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

Children’s arts participation continues to decline

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29 Jul 2016

A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.

How to… create socially engaged art

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20 Jul 2016

To make useful art, don’t dumb down, dumb up, says Alistair Hudson.

Change funding structures to promote everyday creativity, ACE told

Everyday Creativity
16 Jun 2016

Street parties, guerrilla gardening and engagement with cultural buildings must be encouraged if creativity is to become as accessible as sport, a new report has concluded.

Inquiry aims to grow the civic role of the arts

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20 May 2016

Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.

Accessible interpretation

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12 May 2016

An interactive guide to Kettle’s Yard’s collection is engaging a wide audience online. Lucy Wheeler shares what she had learned from the project. 

Cultural policy favours a minority elite, academics tell Committee

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06 May 2016

The words ‘great’ and ‘art’ should be taken out of Arts Council England’s strategic framework, a Select Committee has been told.

New study paints picture of arts engagement

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29 Apr 2016

Following the third year of the DCMS Taking Part’s longitudinal study, a new report reveals who attends the arts most often and why people stop engaging. 

Democratising the arts

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21 Apr 2016

70 years after public money was first put towards increasing the accessibility of the arts, Steven Hadley asks if it’s a never-ending task.

Cultural inequalities

Students in beautiful library
21 Apr 2016

We accept income as a strong predictor of cultural taste. But why should this be, asks sociologist Aaron Reeves. And does taste matter as much as actual participation? 

Taking Part adapts to changing evidence needs

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01 Apr 2016

Changes to England’s quarterly survey of arts participation will see new questions added about barriers to engagement.

Allowed to play up

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30 Mar 2016

Is ‘live art’ the perfect medium for intergenerational arts projects? Liz O’Neill explains how children can help adults embrace the fun of experimental performance.

A small town of everyday artists

Faces of everyday artists
24 Mar 2016

How do you embed an everyday culture of creativity in a university? This was the starting point for a creative experiment at King’s College London. Laura Speers and Jo Hunter share what they’ve learned so far.

DCMS releases plan for the arts up to 2020

Natural History Museum
11 Mar 2016

Whilst local and community participation are government priorities for sport, plans to increase participation in the arts are centred on investments in flagship projects.

London venues top the list of visitor attractions

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11 Mar 2016

Tate faces falling visitor numbers despite overall growing attendance at cultural venues in both England and Scotland.

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

01 Mar 2016

Robin Simpson responds to Liz Hill’s call for a new approach to audience development in the arts.

Connecting with China

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25 Feb 2016

From a small festival born of community need, to an international agency for Chinese contemporary art, Zoe Dunbar tells the story of CFCCA.

Survey to collect local level data on arts engagement

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12 Feb 2016

A new survey launched by Sport England will collect the first local-authority-level data on arts attendance and participation in England since 2009/10.

On the touchline

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26 Jan 2016

The local rugby league club proved to be the secret to getting a town with low arts engagement interested in a cultural programme, explains Patrick Fox.

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