on stage production of Les Miserables
01 Dec 2021 Feature

After a hugely successful eight years at the helm at Mountview, its two directors are handing over the reins. Here, Sarah Preece reflects on the leadership challenges facing the drama training sector.

Stephen Jameson and I were appointed as joint leaders of Mountview drama school in 2013, to undertake the job of securing it a permanent home. By 2018, after 30 years in ‘temporary’, poor quality accommodation, we finally relocated Mountview into its beautiful £30m state-of-the-art facility in Peckham, South London. Underpinning the creation of this new home was the vision for Mountview as a New Model Drama School. 

This vision was rooted in three key principles: Excellence – the best... more

01 Dec 2021 Feature

When it comes to Equity, Diversity, Justice and Inclusion, Amanda Parker shares what happens when you fail to read the room – and what you can gain when you get it right. 

a digital camera records a stage 01 Dec 2021 Feature

Over half of publicly subsidised theatres that streamed performances during the pandemic have reverted to in-person performances only. Richard Misek has been investigating why.

four actors performing on stage 01 Dec 2021 Feature

Performing arts students from working class backgrounds face considerable barriers to entering the theatre profession. Andrew Muir has set up a programme to address this.

a group of people take part in a light installation 25 Nov 2021 Feature

Jonothan Neelands puts the case for a needs-based public culture, akin to Public Health or Public Education, to tackle inequality.

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image of seeds growing into plants 25 Nov 2021 Feature

A new Office for Leadership Transition is advocating for more diversified models of cultural leadership. Sandeep Mahal shares the aims of the programme.

neon sign reading 'and breathe' 25 Nov 2021 Feature

In recent years, cultural practitioners have been working in ever more challenging health and social care spaces. Robyn Dowlen looks at how their experiences are represented in the research literature.

a girl watches a pottery demonstration 25 Nov 2021 Feature

For a sector that’s for and by people, why do we find it so hard to invest in the very thing that makes us? asks Sara Whybrew.

image of Goldsmith's Battle of Lewisham mural 25 Nov 2021 Feature

How do local authorities and arts organisations work together to bid for a year-long festival? Liz Dart and Gavin Barlow share their experience.

The Great Reset 17 Nov 2021 Feature

Has your organisation really got a chance of success? If not, think some more and save yourself the headache, says David Micklem.

an outdoor community arts project 17 Nov 2021 Feature

Research suggests that organisations are feeling an increased urgency to deepen connections with the communities they serve, as Anne Torregiani reports.

Battersea Arts Centre, Co-Creating Change 17 Nov 2021 Feature

How do we enable people to create real change through art and culture? David Price believes it's through harnessing the ‘power of us’.

Art installation in Coventry cathedral 17 Nov 2021 Feature

Jon Davis explores how Coventry’s history is a map to its artistic and cultural future. 

Lost Kingdom of South America at British Museum 17 Nov 2021 Feature

As part of Captioning Awareness Week, Melanie Sharpe is campaigning to raise awareness of access to the arts for deaf, defeaned and hard of hearing audiences. 

orchestra playing 10 Nov 2021 Feature

When and why did the art world decide that everyone’s creativity should be celebrated and supported? What change does it promise, and what will it deliver? François Matarasso has been reflecting.

10 Nov 2021 Feature

As he reflects on Arts Council England’s 75th anniversary, Robin Simpson thinks it’s not unfair to say it has never quite known what to do about the amateur arts.