An end to performance management?

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05 Mar 2015

Some publicly funded museums are moving away from performance management governance and towards a peer review model. Anwar Tlili explains why more should follow.

Demonstrating impact

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14 Jan 2015

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations trying to show their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at ways in which arts and cultural organisations have risen to the challenge of providing it.

Our arts leaders can’t afford to forget politics

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03 Dec 2014

If ethical questions lead us to pick and choose what is right and wrong from an artistic perspective, or to judge the credentials of our corporate funders, where do we stop? Michelle Wright calls for more debate about the moral high-ground of art, in the context of what arts organisations need to do to survive and thrive.

Getting to grips with commissioning

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14 Nov 2014

In a new series exploring opportunities for arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, Jessica Harris explains the importance of understanding the outcomes commissioners are looking for.

In upbeat and dynamic mood

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20 Oct 2014

As the Independent Theatre Council celebrates its 40th anniversary, its members discussed touring, artists’ pay, inclusion and much more at its recent conference. Charlotte Jones reports.

The scorecard and the prism

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22 Sep 2014

Mahmood Reza recommends two performance management models that offer arts organisations a means of measuring areas that are of genuine importance to them.

Meaningful measurements

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15 Sep 2014

Good performance management can improve effectiveness and efficiency, but Mahmood Reza says that is dependent on the right performance measures being in place.

Starting young

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03 Jul 2014

Two members of a youth forum have been invited to sit on the board at The Dukes in Lancaster, and are now influencing important decisions, writes Louise Bryning.

Finding a forgery

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30 Apr 2014

Eleanor Head advises galleries on their legal position in the event that a painting turns out to be a forgery or its ‘provenance is tainted’.

Moving masterpieces

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22 Apr 2014

Moving artworks around the world is a complex and costly process. Michael Festenstein advises on how it can be done carefully and cost-effectively.

Back to the future

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26 Feb 2014

When it comes to audience data, Michael Nabarro says technology should be helping return us to our roots and emphasise what makes our sector special.

The good trustee

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24 Feb 2014

Trustees of arts boards should be playing a significant part in supporting fundraising activities, according to Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett.

Much more than a name change

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03 Feb 2014

With its new name and status as an independent charity, Peckham Platform is a very different organisation, according to Emily Druiff.

More breadth on boards

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04 Nov 2013

A Charity Commission report recently revealed that the average trustee is white, male and aged 57. To coincide with Trustees’ Week, Neal Green urges everyone to find out more about sitting on an arts board.

The magnitude of marketing

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29 Oct 2013

How much has the arts marketing role changed in the last twenty years? Strikingly, says Sarah Chambers, who examines what is now required to market culture.

The value of youthfulness

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24 Jun 2013

Jessica Stockford tells how Arts & Business’ programme to recruit young employees of big companies to arts boards has proved to be a successful initiative − to the surprise of some.

A property boom

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29 May 2013

Steve Mannix and Sean Egan advise arts organisations to watch out for the many council-owned buildings that will be coming on to the market to buy or rent.

Finding the perfect person

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13 May 2013

Eleanor Deem advises that spending time on writing a detailed person specification can avoid problems later.

On the brink

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07 Mar 2013

When arts organisations are teetering on the brink of insolvency, a Company Voluntary Arrangement may throw them a lifeline. Mahmood Reza explains how.

The role of a patron

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12 Nov 2012

What should a patron be able to offer an arts organisation? Louise Coles suggests that expectations need to be clear from the outset.

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