What’s power got to do with it?

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22 Sep 2021

Power shapes our lives and our decision making 24 hours a day. What is it doing to you? Suzanne Alleyne investigates.

Deprived areas benefit most from culture

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15 Sep 2021

New research indicates cultural engagement improves wellbeing in England’s poorest areas the most, but unequal access remains a barrier to participation.

How Government can avoid missing the mark on levelling up

14 Sep 2021

If policymakers get it right for the cultural sector, there may be significant economic and social dividends to be won, argues Eliza Easton.

Co-designing a sustainable future for arts and higher education collaboration

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14 Sep 2021

While collaboration between the cultural sector and universities has never been more fruitful, Suzie Leighton and Kayla Rose know there are still significant barriers to overcome. 

Digital didn't change arts engagement, study finds

09 Sep 2021

The digital pivot might have altered online attendance slighty but for most of the UK, "the new normal of pandemic life was very much like the old normal".

How useful are pre-pandemic datasets?

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08 Sep 2021

Lockdowns, venue closures, cancelled and postponed events – the era of Coronavirus has created an 18-month crevasse in our databases. Libby Papakyriacou has been assessing the role of historic data in the sector’s recovery.

NPOs report decrease in carbon emissions

07 Sep 2021

Funded arts organisations demonstrate “flourishing” sustainable practices and falling emissions, despite a drop in reporting.

Creative freelancers missing out on business support

01 Sep 2021

After the turmoil of Covid-19, policymakers are taking interest in a new report that categorises creative freelancers based on their motivations - and what support will help them most.

Creative and cultural industries generated £150bn pre-pandemic

01 Sep 2021

The UK's creative and cultural industries generated £150.4bn in 2019, according to new data.

DCMS figures show the industries' value grew by 8.3% in the year from 2018, adding £11.5bn to the economy before the pandemic hit.

While the creative industries' value continues to dwarf the cultural sector's at £155.8bn, cultural businesses generated nearly £36bn in 2019 - more than gambling and sport combined (£8.3bn and £16.9bn respectively).

Among all DCMS sectors, culture drew the largest proportion of its value from London. Activity in the capital added £2.2bn more to the economy in 2019 - a 10% rate of growth.

The sector's gross value added grew by 6% in all other regions except the West Midlands, where it fell by about £1m.


Let's create austerity

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01 Sep 2021

It’s been over a year since Arts Council England published its 10-year strategy, Let’s Create. Bethany Rex has been investigating how the strategy might translate into action.

Higher Covid rates for festivals in test events scheme

26 Aug 2021

DCMS says its Events Research Programme is proof events "can be conducted safely" despite thousands testing positive after attending festivals in the scheme.

Creative sector R&D crucial to post-pandemic recovery

29 Jul 2021

A landmark report makes the case for investment ahead of the next Spending Review, saying innovation is being stifled just as it is needed most.

Reflections on fundraising in the time of Covid-19

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20 Jul 2021

The last 18 months have seen arts fundraisers face numerous challenges in trying to bring in income when the sector has been in such flux, says Michelle Wright.

Reflecting on renewal and recovery

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13 Jul 2021

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share the latest findings from a research programme examining the impacts of the pandemic.

Events Research Programme results 'confused and misleading', researchers say

02 Jul 2021

The sector has welcomed news there were "no substantial outbreaks" following test events, but findings from the scheme raise serious concerns about their safety and viability going forward.

Arts workers turn to higher education to upskill during Covid-19

22 Jun 2021

An upward trend in people studying postgraduate creative courses in 2020 and 2021 suggests arts workers aren't looking to leave the sector.

Growing freelance creative workforces may pose a risk to the regions

09 Jun 2021

Official employment statistics show the cultural sector remains in crisis, with declining job opportunities and regional imbalances.

A step change in cultural partnerships with Higher Education

02 Jun 2021

The moment for information and peer support to develop partnerships has never been more timely. Evelyn Wilson has established a new centre to provide that infrastructure.

Why digital isn’t enough

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26 May 2021

As Covid-19 has pushed culture online, Danielle Child, Karen Gray, Harry Weeks and John Wright examine how arts and cultural organisations have attempted to make the digital more social.

Bridging the academic-classroom divide

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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.


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