Why European collaboration is worth fighting for

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11 Jul 2019

While some in the UK may believe we have little to learn from European collaboration, Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre have found cross-border networks to be a force for innovation and change.

Job Ladder – Moya Maxwell

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30 May 2019

Moya Maxwell looks back on a career that has taken her from managing live events to running Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Exit interview: 'We're asked to follow a business model that just doesn’t work'

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15 Aug 2019

Arti Prashar was told to never create a job that no one else could fill. She looks back on 13 years as CEO of Spare Tyre Theatre Company.

How to do change better

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18 Jul 2019

Meeting future challenges in the arts sector will not be about managing change, but creating it, says Richard Watts.

'They let us pick any artist in the world': the freedom to create relatable theatre

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18 Jul 2019

The Contact Young Curators programme gave Wez Thistlethwaite the opportunity to re-engage his creative muscles by co-curating a world premiere at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Job Ladder: Clare Reddington

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18 Jul 2019

The CEO of Bristol’s Watershed looks back on how “a jumble of opportunism and serendipity” has helped her avoid silos and find fulfilment throughout her career.

How can rural voices be heard?

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11 Jul 2019

With metropolitan bias prevailing at both a national and European level, the best hope for rural arts organisations lies in collaboration, argues Ralph Lister.

Three comments that reveal Tristram Hunt’s approach to cultural inclusion

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05 Jul 2019

The V&A Director warned against getting “too romantic about what Stratford was like before the Olympics”.

How collaborative are you really?

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04 Jul 2019

Teams can fall into working in isolation, rather than together for a common purpose, in organisations of any size. Nick Stevenson suggests processes and tools to help avoid this happening.

My Gurus: A life of learning

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03 Jul 2019

Music at Paxton General Manager Elizabeth Macdonald looks back on the teachers and mentors who have inspired her and continue to influence her work.

Welcome from ArtsProfessional’s new Editor

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02 Jul 2019

ArtsProfessional is refreshing and renewing its style - but the integrity at its heart will remain, writes the publication's new Editor Amanda Parker.

The feelgood factor: making flagship programmes work

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27 Jun 2019

Artistic excellence and effective governance are key to the success of major public cultural programmes, writes Nigel Hinds.

Pouring water back in to the well

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27 Jun 2019

Are we serious enough about how we’re feeling and coping at work – from our life–work balance to our ability to maximise our creativity? Carol Jones addresses some common issues.

Shining a light on local culture

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27 Jun 2019

The LightNight festival initially aimed to showcase Liverpool's artists to outsiders - but it is now more concerned with galvanising the local cultural scene, writes Laura Marie Brown.

My Gurus: 'Only take what is needed'

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27 Jun 2019

A nature writer, a conservation group and the Sámi people of Northern Finland have all been among the key influences on the work of Victoria Pratt, Creative Director of the interactive art studio Invisible Flock.

Gaining confidence around compliance

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20 Jun 2019

The Primary Authority scheme can help reassure arts organisations they are meeting legal requirements on health and safety, trading standards and fire regulations, explains Rob Belton.

Exit interview: Chris Jaeger

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20 Jun 2019

Alongside the creative highs, Chris Jaeger's 24 years at Worcester Live involved plenty of putting out fires - sometimes literally. He shares his doubts about tribute bands, calls for trustees to hand over more money, and laments that Arts Council England will only fund work no one wants to see.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

Redefining the City of London through culture

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12 Jun 2019

The global finance hub is forging a new identity through risk-taking alliances between its commercial, public and cultural sectors, writes Tim Jones.

It's time to be honest about failure

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06 Jun 2019

New research suggests that cultural organisations are reluctant to admit to failure for fear of losing their funding. To make genuine progress, we need a more honest approach, says Leila Jancovich.

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