The burden of proof

Photo of a child with paint on his face
30 Apr 2015

In true Bertrand Russell style, Chrissie Tiller suggests that we turn the burden of proof on its head – and prove that the arts and culture are of no value to anyone.

Engaging with the big society

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30 Apr 2015

What would happen if participation in the arts is extended to participation in its artistic decision-making, asks Leila Jancovich.

Young perceptions

Image of performance of The Magic Paintbrush
12 Mar 2015

Recent research looked into the value young people in a deprived area of London place on education and participation in the arts. Catherine McNamara discusses the findings.

Report highlights blackspots in rural arts engagement

Photo of Lakenheath Fen
11 Mar 2015

ACE will review how it is meeting the needs of rural communities following a report that paints a largely positive picture of arts engagement in rural England. 

Cohesion or conflict

Image of Ann Webb in front of poster
19 Feb 2015

Frances Williams says it’s time to drop the false optimism surrounding arts projects in areas of social deprivation and take a more critical view. 

ACNI sets targets for engaging disabled people in the arts

Photo of people dancing
18 Feb 2015

A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts. 

Outside the gallery

Image of Library of Birmingham
09 Feb 2015

Pete James and Nicola Shipley discuss how taking exhibitions into public spaces has allowed photography hub Grain to meet new audiences.

Bottom of the food chain

Image of heron in street
05 Feb 2015

Bev Adams accuses funding assessors of ‘project snobbery’ and favouring venue-based organisations over artists working in the community.

Survey reveals cultural engagement in Scotland

Photo of hanging heads exhibit at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
03 Feb 2015

Almost three-quarters of adults in Scotland attended a cultural event or place in the last year, but a quarter feel “culture and the arts are not really for people like me”.

Lessons from the past

A young boy with a micro violin
29 Jan 2015

Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.

Survey reveals barriers to youth arts participation

Photo of a boy in an orchestra
12 Dec 2014

Definitions of arts and culture may need to be reconsidered if youth engagement is to be properly understood, suggests report.

Audience and participant trends diverge in Northern Ireland

A photo of women playing the tamborine at Belfast Carnival
03 Oct 2014

Arts participation continues to grow in Northern Ireland, though attendance has fallen and engagement is declining among disabled people and those living in deprived areas.

Scotland continues to embrace culture

18 Aug 2014

Festival-going is on the increase, though cinema and reading for pleasure are still the most popular forms of cultural engagement.

Yes or no, that is the answer

Image of girl and painting
17 Jul 2014

For readers in the rest of the UK, Christine Hamilton reflects on how the Scottish arts world has responded to the independence referendum.

Museum and gallery visits reach all-time high

Photo of the Arnolfini in Bristol
10 Jul 2014

Visits to museums and galleries soar, while arts engagement remains static across most of England, and charitable donations fall.

My Gurus

02 Jul 2014

Bec Fearon, Head of Engagement at the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, reveals the people who have inspired her most throughout her career. 

Happiness or art?

Image of red staging
30 Jun 2014

The Cultural Value Project examines the value of the arts and culture rather than just its outcomes – and its negative effects. Patrycja Kaszynska introduces the project.

Big numbers

Image of Big Dance Pledge in Edinburgh
26 May 2014

James Allenby describes how a few innovations made the Big Dance Pledge, the international mass participation dance event, bigger than ever.

In a room full of foreigners

Image of trumpeter
08 May 2014

UK membership of the European Union gives cultural organisations access to a wide variety of funds and initiatives. Why are we not bothered? asks Julie Ward.

Arts engagement equivalent to £1k pay rise

Girls dancing
24 Apr 2014

New evidence of the social benefits of engagement in culture boosts the economic case for the arts.

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