Alternative in-flight entertainment

Photo of woman singing on a plane
23 Nov 2017

An immersive theatre performance lasted 13 hours – the time it took to fly from Heathrow to New York via Iceland. Kate Hargreaves tells the story.

How to… create a successful volunteer programme

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09 Nov 2017

Volunteering in the arts should be an enriching experience, says Cathryn Peach. She shares five tips for designing programmes that motivate, empower and inspire volunteers.

A long and tough journey

Photo of man standing on top of building with crowd and Blackpool Tower
18 Oct 2017

For Joe Mackintosh the first three years of the Creative People and Places investment programme has passed in the blink of an eye against an agenda that is generational in scale.

Seaside arts

Performance shot: man in boat under a raining umbrella
08 Jun 2017

Tourism has been in decline in England’s seaside towns for years, but now a network bringing world-class circus and street arts to the coast is enticing the tourists back. Joe Mackintosh tells the story.

Brilliant app design

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04 May 2017

In the competitive world of apps, how can a cultural tour app stand out? Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne identify five key features.

Dancing with the long cane

Photo of man dancing with a white cane followed by audience
23 Mar 2017

An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.

The carnival lives on

Photo of man with giant dragon lantern
02 Feb 2017

The first Mossley Light Festival may have transformed the northern town for just one night, but the change in the community will be much more long term. Leon Patel explains how it empowered local people. 

Valuable visitor data

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03 Nov 2016

As many organisers of outdoor arts events have a love–hate relationship with collecting data from visitors, Vishalakshi Roy offers some advice on how to make it a more positive experience.

Street art and circus to address coastal deprivation

Man and woman dancing on the beach
01 Jul 2016

A national project will put a street arts and circus touring network at the heart of plans to revitalise the economies of England’s coastal towns.

Outdoor pursuits

Acrobatics on bench
16 Jun 2016

The outdoor arts attract audiences that other artforms aren’t always able to. Jonathan Goodacre examines why.

The arts in green spaces

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02 Feb 2016

Spending time in the great outdoors is proven to boost wellbeing, but how can the arts encourage people to do it? Nicky Goulder describes one project that is doing just that. 

Lighting up London

Photo of Durham Lumiere 2015
18 Nov 2015

Artichoke’s Lumiere light festival is hugely reliant on sponsorship. As it prepares to come to London for the first time, Sarah Coop describes the unique challenge of securing support in a new city. 

The soul of the city

Photo of Lumiere 1.26
15 Oct 2015

Munira Mirza on the power of art to change people’s perceptions of a city – and make them into more ‘human’ places.

Study finds bleak fundraising prospects for outdoor arts

Emergency Exit Arts
07 Aug 2015

An honest assessment of the fundraising challenges facing outdoor arts organisations delivers a cautionary tale about the potential value of philanthropy.

Working with nature

Photo of forest chair
11 Jun 2015

What happens to sculptures and other artworks in a forest trail over time as they surrender to the elements – or to the native bats, asks Cathy Mager.

Low barriers to access key to support for outdoor arts

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08 May 2015

New research confirms that outdoor arts events draw wide support among local audiences from diverse economic and social backgrounds.

Touring public spaces

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07 Oct 2013

A new wave of artists’ tours encourages us to look differently at the public spaces (like car parks) we see around us. Bill Aitchison explores these new tours.

Showtime revisited

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07 Oct 2013

Two arts venues involved in ‘Showtime’, the Mayor of London’s outdoor festival, recognised the positive impact of working outdoors and, as Jane Packham reports, have since formed a consortium with other venues in outer London boroughs.

The hot outdoors

Image of Wired Aerial Theatre’s ‘As the world tipped’
07 Oct 2013

Maggie Clarke believes that this is a good time for outdoor arts, with investment, partnerships and networks raising the bar and resulting in a raising worldwide profile.

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