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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.
James Allenby describes how a few innovations made the Big Dance Pledge, the international mass participation dance event, bigger than ever.
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.
New evidence of the social benefits of engagement in culture boosts the economic case for the arts.
Why are we not critically engaging with learning disability arts? Bella Todd reports on the recent Creative Minds conference.
ACW reports highest recorded levels of arts engagement among young people, although participation among adults shows some signs of decline.
The Welsh Government is preparing to harness the arts, culture and heritage in its battle against poverty and social exclusion.
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.