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.
Just providing entertainment is no longer enough to draw in audiences. But by focusing on what people value, arts organisations can maintain strong relationships with customers amid competing demands for their attention, writes Dave Wakeman.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the borough’s diversity was ‘an asset to be unlocked’.
Approaches to assessing cultural value are stuck in a financially reductionist ‘value = money’ orbit. We should be examining people’s experiences of culture, and the meaning that comes from those experiences, says Julian Meyrick.
The city theatre in Ghent, Belgium has a new rulebook, aiming to open it up to the independent scene and international touring. Milo Rau introduces his 'Ghent Manifesto'.
The success of Hull City of Culture shows what can be achieved in the arts when we come together to achieve a common goal. Positivity is key to making change happen, says Phil Batty.
Has Arts Council England got cultural democracy wrong? Steven Hadley and Eleonora Belfiore argue for a more thorough questioning of existing hierarchies.
Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.
If artists want an authentic response to their work, they need to give viewers a way in, argues Eleanor MacFarlane.
The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.
Two reports commissioned by Arts Council England found that cost and lack of confidence are major barriers to youth engagement.
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.
Arts and museum attendance are higher predictors of Remain voting than arts participation and library usage, both of which are less associated with voting to stay in the European Union.
The data will be used by Arts Council England to inform a £24m investment in new areas through its Creative People and Places programme.
What would you discover if you played the role of a new visitor to your venue? Lisa Baxter explains the value of customer journey mapping.
How can we make the arts an everyday experience for everyone? Michael Eades explains why he believes in the power of grassroots arts.
What – or who – needs to change to achieve cultural democracy and how can we remove the tension between official and everyday culture, asks Martin Cox.
Why would a cultural venue install a swimming pool? Alexia Jacques Casanova charts the evolution of inclusive and participatory practice in museums and shares advice from Bozar in Brussels.
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.