The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.
A popular dance-based falls prevention programme offers effective treatment on the NHS, with a growing network of local groups helping older people maintain the benefits afterwards. Tim Joss tells the story.
London Bubble’s Creative Elders programme has encouraged residents in sheltered housing units to socialise, be creative – and perform in public, says Helena Rice.
When a shabby Victorian hall in Greenwich opened its doors to the public several years ago, no one could have predicted how important it would become to supporting social connections among the over-60s, says Daniel Bernstein.
Players in Stratford's Orchestra of the Swan are trained by charity Mindsong to provide music sessions in care homes. Sue Pope explains how the programme supports wellbeing.
Older adults living with chronic health conditions are improving their physical and mental wellbeing through the joy of South Asian dance, writes Claire Farmer.
Dover’s contribution to the Armistice Centenary in November will be a collaborative community production about the arrival of the body of the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Andrew Dawson tells the story.
Calls for unity have been made following comments accusing Arts Council England of appropriating a radical movement and likening the national funder to Nigel Farage playing the sitar at WOMAD festival.
Has Arts Council England got cultural democracy wrong? Steven Hadley and Eleonora Belfiore argue for a more thorough questioning of existing hierarchies.
Three outer city venues around Leeds were found to have generated committed core audiences in areas perceived as barren.
Grassroots culture undeniably delivers huge benefits to communities and local economies, but Martin Cox believes it could also resuscitate the funded cultural sector.
The data will be used by Arts Council England to inform a £24m investment in new areas through its Creative People and Places programme.
WHALE Arts’ Leah Black explains how her career has been shaped by artists with a strong business understanding and her precious Clore notebook.
Stunting community and voluntary arts organisations by restricting access to capital funding will hurt the whole sector in the long term, warns Emma Harvey.
As he prepares to leave More Music, community musician and composer Pete Moser looks back over the career that’s taken him all around the world.
Cultural regeneration in London has seen local communities priced out of their homes, but an arts organisation in Bradford is determined to prove it can work to the benefit of local people and businesses. Bernard Ginns explains how.
Supported by Arts Council England for an initial three years, the network will be led by Battersea Arts Centre with a focus “away from London”.
A commitment to empowering young people has led Battersea Arts Centre and Manchester’s Contact theatre to get involved in board game design, bicycle maintenance and community fishing. Liz Moreton and Suzie Henderson tell the story.
1,000 people involved in creative groups have revealed why they participate and highlighted the challenges their groups face.
Chrissie Tiller implores those working in participatory and social arts practice to embrace critical reflection.