Grassroots culture undeniably delivers huge benefits to communities and local economies, but Martin Cox believes it could also resuscitate the funded cultural sector.
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.
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.
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”.
Neil Beddow explains how acta in Bristol overcomes the challenges of engaging migrant and refugee communities in theatre making.
Mandy Precious considers herself lucky to have discovered the arts, but are the next generation getting the same chances she did?
Group singing is more effective than creative play at tackling depressive symptoms, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
A survey of 1,000 adults in each European Union country finds older and less educated UK adults place less value on Europe’s cultural heritage.
A heritage project celebrating stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton has resulted in a digital archive, as well as new photographic work. Juliette Buss explains why the project has been so special for everyone involved.
1,000 people involved in creative groups have revealed why they participate and highlighted the challenges their groups face.
Subtle changes could help cultural organisations become more welcoming, attract more visitors and potentially increase donations.
When prisoners are actually requesting more arts activities, why are we not giving them what they want, asks Jess Thorpe.