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.

Barriers to arts engagement deter older people, survey finds

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19 Jan 2016

Physical access and social isolation emerge as key factors linked to a decline in arts engagement among older people.

A play for the nation

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14 Jan 2016

The RSC’s Dream 16 will involve 18 professional actors, 14 amateur casts and 58 groups of schoolchildren. As rehearsals begin, Erica Whyman explains why she is both excited and daunted.

Surge in streaming pushes music consumption up 4%

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08 Jan 2016

Sales of CDs and vinyl may not be suffering as much as some predicted as the popularity of online streaming continues to rise, new figures suggest.

Upwardly mobile

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19 Nov 2015

The arts sector is not adopting mobile technology fast enough, says Tim Plyming, who sees it being used not just to sell tickets but to enhance the visitor experience.

White Paper discussion turns to engagement

Ballet dancers smile
18 Nov 2015

The third public online discussion to shape the upcoming White Paper on culture has been launched, but engagement in previous discussions has been limited.

Arts ‘quality principles’ boost engagement with young people

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15 Oct 2015

Guidelines for gathering feedback from children and young people are helping arts organisations to improve their programmes.

Setting the record straight

09 Oct 2015

Allegations that  Liverpool's Everyman & Playhouse Theatre are failing to embrace the local community couldn't be further from the mark, says Rebecca Ross-Williams.

Working together with older people

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08 Oct 2015

Anne Gallacher describes the impact of an ongoing relationship between Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and Age Scotland.

Extravagant acts

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07 Oct 2015

Daycare centres may not be grand venues, but that doesn’t mean art events staged in them should not be ambitious, says Paul Clark.

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