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21 Mar 2019 Feature

What makes socially engaged and participatory arts projects successful? Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken talked to artists, commissioners and participants to find out.

Over the last year we’ve been talking to many people and organisations involved in the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme about the most important factors influencing the success of socially engaged and participatory arts projects.

Below are some questions, answers and themes that emerged from our conversations, with quotes from artists, participants and the CPP team. These are useful thinking points for anyone involved in commissioning artists or in creating work with... more

Photo of Charlotte Arrowsmith in rehearsal for As You Like It 21 Mar 2019 Feature

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who is performing in two plays with the RSC this summer, explains the challenges and opportunities involved when deaf actors are cast in mainstream productions.

Photo of public art project outside London Bridge Station - painted bollards 21 Mar 2019 Feature

A recent survey found that four in five Londoners would contribute at least £2 towards public art in their local area. Marine Tanguy and Vishal Kumar explore the potential role of citizens in new commissions.

Photo of bursary winner Diana Scarborough (left) working with Dr Ljiljana Fruk (right) 21 Mar 2019 Feature

Christine Harmar-Brown draws on her experience of submitting and assessing applications to offer some pointers on what works.

Charlotte Arrowsmith acting in As You Like It 20 Mar 2019 Opinion

The casting of deaf actor Charlotte Arrowsmith in a current RSC production illustrates how committing to diversity does not mean being worthy or boring, says Jonathan Knott.

ArtsPay 2018: A summary of pay and earnings in the arts and cultural sector 18 Mar 2019

The ArtsPay 2018 survey has provided the opportunity for the realities of earnings in the arts & cultural sector to be better understood. This final report and associated analysis, together with commentary by the ArtsProfessional team and others, all contribute to a much clearer picture of the state of pay in 2018.

People standing next to a street billboard at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 18 Mar 2019 Feature

As low- or no-pay practices continue to dominate the arts and cultural sector, some enlightened employers are starting to reap the benefits of offering a fairer deal to all staff. Jonathan Knott reflects on the findings of the ArtsPay 2018 survey – and the efforts of those challenging the status quo.

Photo of statue 18 Mar 2019 Feature

Who’d be a freelancer in the arts in 2019? Christy Romer sheds light on the human cost of being self employed in the cultural sector.

People standing outside the British Museum holding placards 18 Mar 2019 Feature

Financial insecurity plagues the working lives of cultural workers, with the self-employed and freelancers worst affected. But solutions are to be found, so it’s time for the UK to take decisive action, says Clara Paillard.

18 Mar 2019 Feature

Charlotte Bence looks back on how the trade union Equity has fought low paid and unpaid work in the entertainment industries since 2014 – and its plans to extend its campaign in the future.

Photo of Third Angel's work 18 Mar 2019 Feature

A paid internship scheme provides theatre company Third Angel with essential administrative support – and develops talent that will benefit the wider sector, the company writes.

The ArtsPay logo 18 Mar 2019 Feature

Liz Hill introduces the grim findings published this week in the ArtsPay 2018 report on pay in the arts and cultural sector.

Photo of two women with a laptop 14 Mar 2019 Feature

As work gets underway on a new industry-wide digital code of best practice, Katie Moffat outlines four fundamental principles underpinning a successful digital strategy.

Photo of woman and child playing Minecraft 14 Mar 2019 Case study

Aenne Lotze and Francesca Cross explain how a recent project harnessed young people's passion for online gaming to develop their real-world skills and relationships.

Photo of a silhouette of a person wearing diving ear in front of a digital projection of the ocean 14 Mar 2019 Feature

A key barrier to growth in the immersive technology industry is a lack of content. It’s a gap tailor-made for the cultural sector to step into, says Tonya Nelson.

Photo of Edward Woodman’s work at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 14 Mar 2019 Case study

A new app offers an innovative and cost-effective way for artists to shape their legacies within their lifetimes, says Ellie Porter.