Bridging the academic-classroom divide

Conductor leading a school orchestra
04 May 2021

Music educators often lack the confidence and energy to engage with academic research. Encouraging them to do so may be the way to address the disconnect between the two worlds, argues Dr Steven Berryman.

Black Cultural Archives quits working group over race report

14 Apr 2021

The heritage organisation says it was asked to present to the report's commissioners but its contribution wasn't recorded.

Does Festival UK*2022 offer a blueprint for arts commissioning?

Screenshot from Festival UK* 2022 promotional video
24 Mar 2021

Writer-in-residence Francesca Millican-Slater reflects on the Festival's intensive R&D period - an experiment, she believes, in how tendering could be developed.  

Arts remain at 'epicentre of the crisis' a year after lockdown

19 Mar 2021

Freelancers, young people, women and live performance art forms have been disprortionately affected by a year of lockdowns. Extended financial support may not be enough. 

Artworks by women just 4% of global auction sales

15 Mar 2021

A worldwide study of the secondary art market reveals that "while the average John Smith makes it into auction, the average Jane Smith does not".

Expression is what’s really important

09 Mar 2021

When we foster collaboration between the arts and research, we unlock untold benefits for professionals in both sectors, Christopher Smith writes.

Covid transmission study to redefine 'outdoor' theatre

23 Feb 2021

Imperial College researchers will estimate the probability of infection at two theatres and consider whether a covered venue can "behave" as an outdoor space.

Calculating cultural value: 'Warm glow' feeling adds to theatres' and galleries' worth

04 Feb 2021

Research indicates people value gallery visits at £5 and would pay £11 to keep a local theatre going. What motivates that valuation is harder to define.

Recovery isn’t a black and white picture

Performer playing violin to an empty theatre
04 Feb 2021

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share findings from a research programme that shows there are silver linings among the storm clouds.

Calculating cultural value: Regional museums worth £6.16 per visit

29 Jan 2021

Arts Council England says its calculations of regional museums' value are transferrable "in principle" and can be adopted to make the case for funding. Museums say they need the funding first.

Déjà vu over value news

Anthony Sargent
28 Jan 2021

DCMS’ new model for measuring culture’s economic value shows no understanding of how public policy has developed in recent decades, writes Anthony Sargent. Basing funding decisions on it would be "worse than bankrupt".

DCMS announces economic model for deciding cultural funding

22 Jan 2021

The pound-per-use value of some cultural and heritage activities has been calculated in a startling series of reports that could signal a sea change in funding decisions.

Scotland faces slow return to pre-Covid audiences

18 Jan 2021

A recent Creative Scotland survey suggests audiences are unlikely to return to pre-Covid levels until the population has been vaccinated. 

New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

Talk if you want to thrive

06 Jan 2021

In a time of great uncertainty, understanding audience attitudes and behaviours make the future a little more predictable, writes Maurane Ramon.

Culture adds £34.6bn to UK economy

15 Dec 2020

New economic estimates show the sector is worth twice as much as sport in a good year.

Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?

Silhouette of two people watching a live performance
02 Dec 2020

There is a crucial disconnect between how the sector evaluates the impact of culture and using it to influence policy. It’s time to reset the wheel, say Ben Walmsley and Emma McDowell.

Beyond core audiences: culture’s currency lies in staying current

face masks drying on a washing line
25 Nov 2020

In a constantly changing landscape, the ability to understand and respond to audiences’ changing preferences and behaviours is vital. Anne Torreggiani shares findings from the first wave of The Audience Agency’s COVID-19 Monitor.

'No evidence' of Covid transmission in well-ventilated, socially distanced spaces

24 Nov 2020

The Government has permitted venues to open with up to 50% capacity from early December. What does the science say?

New National Centre to promote knowledge sharing between arts and higher education

11 Nov 2020

Research England will bankroll the partnership between four regional universities and The Culture Capital Exchange following a successful pilot project.

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