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.

How the other Stratford lives

Image of University Square Stratford
23 Jan 2014

Liz Pearson is certain that partnerships between educational and public cultural bodies are maintaining the momentum behind Stratford’s cultural regeneration.

A bridge over the arts

Image of child making music and art
06 Jan 2014

Richard Clark explains how Bridge organisations are enriching children and young people’s experience of the arts.

Touring back on track?

Photo of Lakeside Theatre in Colchester
09 Dec 2013

What can be done to create better links between a touring company and the communities where it tours? Catherine Love offers some suggestions.

Survey shows drop in cultural participation across Europe

15 Nov 2013

Northern Europeans have the highest levels of cultural engagement but overall levels of participation and engagement have fallen since 2007.

The arts in a box

Image of children playing on sofa at Bloomsbury Festival
30 Sep 2013

The Bloomsbury Festival in a Box outreach scheme is tackling cultural exclusion, reports Cathy Mager.

Arts visits provide the key to engaging young people

27 Sep 2013

Schools are playing a critical role in levelling access to the arts in London, but those in outer London are still missing out, according to new research.

New research reveals links between culture, health and happiness

Crowd watching street theatre
20 Aug 2013

A survey in Scotland has found that people who engage in culture are more likely to report good health and life satisfaction than those who do not.

Arts are low cost, but have low impact on children’s learning

Crayons
30 May 2013

An educational spending toolkit says creative activities are beneficial but the positive impact on academic learning is low.

What culture should we value?

01 May 2013

Leila Jancovich says let’s not pretend ‘we’re all in it together’

Creating the big society

Image of bannners
11 Apr 2013

Sarah Stannage asks whether we can be confident that individuals and communities will step forward to support the development of local creative economies.

A true snapshot of life?

06 Feb 2013

Following her coverage of the national  well-being debate and the exclusion of culture from the Office of National Statistics’ measures, Susan Oman looks at its most recent report and discusses what it might signify for culture’s future role in the UK.

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