White arts workers less likely to favour diversity quotas

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23 Sep 2016

Survey findings reveal a deep division in opinion among arts workers about how to increase the diversity of the sector’s workforce.  

Looking at Londoners

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22 Sep 2016

Visitor numbers may have grown, but the diversity of museum-goers in London has hardly changed over the past ten years. James Doeser and colleagues suggest what new research is needed if London’s museums are to understand how to attract new audiences.

Pulse report – part 1: Diversity in the arts workforce – what needs to change?

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20 Sep 2016

Should the arts be doing more to increase diversity? And if so, what? In this first of three reports, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional's latest Pulse survey, with a focus on diversity in the workplace.

Axisweb awarded £100k by Government business scheme

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09 Sep 2016

The charity will use the funding from Innovate UK to undertake research into socially engaged artistic practice and increase its sustainability.

Cultural sector tops the economic growth league

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05 Aug 2016

New analysis of official statistics reveals good progress made by the cultural sector in comparison with other creative sectors under the DCMS.

Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Live cinema a gateway to the arts, report claims

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09 Jun 2016

New industry-wide research finds the majority of live cinema audiences are regular cultural attenders, but a significant proportion are inspired to try wider arts events for the first time.

V&A to launch new research institute

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03 Jun 2016

A £1.75m grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow the museum to expand its research and teaching activities over the next five years. 

Inquiry aims to grow the civic role of the arts

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20 May 2016

Arts organisations are being invited to get involved in an inquiry, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, into how arts organisations contribute to their communities.

Back to the future

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19 May 2016

What role do arts organisations play in mobilising community engagement and encouraging people to take part in civic life? Andrew Barnett explains why the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has launched an inquiry to find out.

New study paints picture of arts engagement

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29 Apr 2016

Following the third year of the DCMS Taking Part’s longitudinal study, a new report reveals who attends the arts most often and why people stop engaging. 

Spotlight on Shakespeare

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21 Apr 2016

What do audiences for Shakespeare look like today? As theatres prepare to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death, The Audience Agency reveals some valuable insights.

Cultural inequalities

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21 Apr 2016

We accept income as a strong predictor of cultural taste. But why should this be, asks sociologist Aaron Reeves. And does taste matter as much as actual participation? 

ACE relaunches Private Investment in Culture survey

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13 Apr 2016

Senior managers in the arts are invited to take part in research, which the arts council hopes will help them optimise their approach to private fundraising.

Arts Council removes research from new-look website

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01 Apr 2016

By removing web content and failing to redirect URLs, ACE has thwarted search engines and broken inbound links to its new website, leaving reports and documents untraceable and unsearchable.

Taking Part adapts to changing evidence needs

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01 Apr 2016

Changes to England’s quarterly survey of arts participation will see new questions added about barriers to engagement.

‘Cultural value’ is being misrepresented, report claims

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18 Mar 2016

An academic study has concluded that debate about the value of culture has been distorted by a desire to influence public funding and policy, and weakened by poor-quality evaluation.

ACE launches study into visual artist livelihood

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26 Feb 2016

The first study in ten years into the livelihood of visual artists in England will examine how existing funding programmes impact on their careers.

Survey to collect local level data on arts engagement

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12 Feb 2016

A new survey launched by Sport England will collect the first local-authority-level data on arts attendance and participation in England since 2009/10.


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