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Arts engagement has not increased in England since 2005/06, although there have been pockets of growth amongst those in rural areas, older people and those with a disability.
Is it worth explaining conceptual contemporary art to ‘old age’ pensioners? Anna Goulding’s research suggests it might be.
Outstanding projects in communication, engagement, and learning and participation have been highlighted at the prestigious annual awards.
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.
What would happen if participation in the arts is extended to participation in its artistic decision-making, asks Leila Jancovich.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pete James and Nicola Shipley discuss how taking exhibitions into public spaces has allowed photography hub Grain to meet new audiences.
Bev Adams accuses funding assessors of ‘project snobbery’ and favouring venue-based organisations over artists working in the community.
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”.
Deborah Bull explains what the cultural enquiry into arts policy and young people learnt by looking back over the last 60 years.
Definitions of arts and culture may need to be reconsidered if youth engagement is to be properly understood, suggests report.
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.
Festival-going is on the increase, though cinema and reading for pleasure are still the most popular forms of cultural engagement.
For readers in the rest of the UK, Christine Hamilton reflects on how the Scottish arts world has responded to the independence referendum.
Visits to museums and galleries soar, while arts engagement remains static across most of England, and charitable donations fall.
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.
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.