Socially-engaged arts undervalued, say practitioners

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06 Aug 2014

Artists urge employers and commissioners to invest more in their professional development.

Trusting the artists

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08 Jul 2014

The Prison Arts Foundation employs artists-in-residence in prisons in Northern Ireland. Alison Smyth explains their approach and achievements.

Credible training

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08 Jul 2014

A training programme for artists working in prisons has just gained international accreditation, announces Alan Clarke.

Leading environmental sustainability

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12 Jun 2014

Julie’s Bicycle and BOP Consulting have conducted a survey on leadership and environmental sustainability. Alison Tickell summarises the findings and plans the next steps.

Shouting in the street

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05 Jun 2014

A huge vocal work is premiered this weekend in Birmingham, followed by performances in Berlin and London. Stephen Newbould describes how it has come together.

Active sponsorship

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02 Jun 2014

Northern Trust’s employees are actively involved in a community partnership with the RPO, says Naomi Venn.

Creating arts managers

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26 May 2014

Bethany McDonald Shepherd believes that students must develop their business knowledge and practice, and the Commercial Education Trust Entrepreneurs’ Award is helping them to do just that.

The music, dance and wellbeing mix

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10 Apr 2014

Many participants in the Old Vic’s community projects now lead healthier and more active lifestyles, according to Alexander Ferris and his team.

The community rights challenge

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31 Mar 2014

Can our theatres be considered as ‘community theatres’ and be listed as Assets of Community Value? Mhora Samuel discusses the significance of this question.

A well grounded community

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26 Mar 2014

How does a tiny Georgian theatre survive in a working class town? Esther Harris talks to Richard Stride, owner of the Groundlings Theatre in Old Portsmouth.

First among equals?

20 Feb 2014

In an era of cuts, what choices would you make? Three arts professionals make the case for their priorities.

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.

Contemporary music made more popular

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27 Jan 2014

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has an enviable international reputation but how does it go down with the locals? Sarah McWatt tells of activities and opportunities designed to reverse preconceptions.

Spectacular stories

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25 Nov 2013

Greg Klerkx believes that everyone has a story to tell, which he proved with a digital literacy project in Portsmouth.

Mainstreaming equality

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19 Nov 2013

How has Northern Ireland’s cultural sector responded to equality and community relations since the Good Friday Agreement? Nicole McNeilly finds out.

Good practice Charter

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11 Nov 2013

Young people in the north east of England have developed a good practice guide for collaboration between them and the arts, writes Anna Spencer.

People participation

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07 Oct 2013

Walk the Plank seeks to bring out the best in both people and places, as demonstrated by its recent show in Derry-Londonderry. Liz Pugh explains how.

The arts in a box

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30 Sep 2013

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

Choral communities

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23 Sep 2013

Group singing brings many benefits to people living in areas of disadvantage, according to a new report by Evan Dawson and Kathryn Deane.

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