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.

Critical engagement please!

Image of Stop Gap Dance performing
24 Apr 2014

Why are we not critically engaging with learning disability arts? Bella Todd reports on the recent Creative Minds conference.

Arts reach more young people in Wales

Photo of children watching a performance
02 Apr 2014

ACW reports highest recorded levels of arts engagement among young people, although participation among adults shows some signs of decline.

Joined-up thinking puts arts on the main agenda in Wales

Photo of Splash Cymru project
14 Mar 2014

The Welsh Government is preparing to harness the arts, culture and heritage in its battle against poverty and social exclusion.

It’s England, Jim, but not as you know it

Cover of Arts council England's 'This England' report
13 Mar 2014

Liz Hill concludes that Arts Council England’s ‘This England’ report is based on a carefully constructed analysis designed to disguise a London-centric funding strategy and preserve the status quo.

Craft apprenticeships get Government backing

Photo of a welder
07 Mar 2014

A new government-backed craft apprenticeship initiative could help reverse falling participation in craft-related design and technology.

In need of a new image

03 Feb 2014

Rich Hadley believes that cultural organisations must lose their "remote, elitist, rarified, out of touch and unyielding" image.

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