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12th April 2013 Sara Lock

Resources by Arts Council England

ACE Survey on Leadership

Help Arts Council England (ACE) understand the landscape of leadership development in the cultural sectors by taking part in this 5 minute survey by King’s College London.

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ACE Making a shift

The Making a Shift report was commissioned by Arts Council England with the aim of improving their understanding of disabled people’s experiences of the arts and culture workforce and identifying actions to reduce barriers.

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ACE Culture Change Toolkit

Arts Council England have produced six new guides on developing diverse talent, workforce and leadership

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Catalyst Workshop: National Centre for Circus Arts presentation

The National Centre for Circus Arts share their fundraising journey in a series of videos from the Catalyst: Evolve workshop run by the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme.

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What people think about libraries – survey results

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report summarises the results of a survey carried out to discover what people think about libraries. The survey asked respondents five open questions about their use of public libraries, as well as their views on their value, purpose and ideal qualities. These open-ended questions enabled free expression of opinions and ideas. There were 1,433 responses to the survey and a full breakdown of the results is provided in this document.

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Understanding what people value about libraries

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report examines what people value most about libraries, and how this can be used to continue to place libraries at the heart of their communities. The report identifies the importance of the library space, including its look, feel and purpose; the value of libraries to children and young people; the role of libraries in collecting and offering a gateway to knowledge and culture; the inclusivity of libraries and their role in social opportunity and equality, and the tension between change and continuity in libraries.

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Understanding what young people think about libraries

Part of the third phase of the Envisioning the library of the future research project, this report presents the results of two workshops held with young people in the 12-18 age bracket in November 2012. These were designed to take into account their views on the purpose and value of libraries as important current and future users of library services. The third phase of the programme explored public views of the purpose and value of public libraries.

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Envisioning the library of the future

Discover what lies ahead for libraries, and what we can do to help them develop. This major research project commissioned by Arts Council England intends to help set out the value, role and purpose of public libraries with clarity. It points out ways that libraries can respond to change in order to remain at the heart of the community, and gives focus for work in the future.

This is the main report covering the first two phases of the project.

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A review of the state of the Poetry sector in England and how a Thrive! Action plan might help strengthen it

This action proposal starts with a review of the state of the poetry sector (written and live performance) and audiences for poetry, before the Thrive! Programme. It then describes the five proposed themes for developing the sectors with ideas for possible action.

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Positive arts-based activities for young people

This leaflet presents case studies from across three events three one-day events staged by ACE and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in July 2009, to increase understanding of how the arts and culture can help deliver positive activities for young people. They provide good practice examples of how the arts and culture can contribute to positive outcomes for young people, how different council departments and agencies can work together and how to demonstrate the impact on young people. These are useful ideas for audience engagement, outreach and community audience development teams.

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A guide to evaluating arts education projects

Partnerships for learning is an authoritative booklet to help everyone involved in arts education projects understand evaluation clearly and to evaluate effectively, according to their particular needs. In the long term, the aim of the guide is to raise the standard of arts education projects.

Arts-based projects are difficult to evaluate and the guide does not try to suggest that there is only one way of approaching evaluation. It aims to provide a flexible framework, which can be applied in many different situations and used to evaluate short or more extended projects. It provides context, advice, guidelines and checklists.

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Understand the potential of open studio events and how to invest in them

This publication demonstrates the value of open studios; for artists, but also for local arts, economic and social development strategies. It introduced key findings and insights from research, offered a range of successful case studies and provided a listing of events from around England. The aim is to help event organisers and their supporters to better understand the potential of open studios and to make the case for investment in these and other, similar types of artist-led festivals and events.

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Practical guide to researching economic benefits for arts and cultural organisations

This practical guide takes a look at why arts and cultural organisations might want to measure economic benefit and gives a decision tree to follow to decide on the best method to adopt. Each of the four methods suggested is then discussed in detail, together with case studies of organisations that have used it. It finishes with links to toolkits and further reading to help organisations understand the subject and practice.

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How arts organisations in the North West addressed new ways of developing audiences

This report gathers the findings from a number of initiatives by arts organisations around the North West to develop new audiences among specific low engagement groups, including disabled people, culturally diverse groups and young people. There is also a toolkit to help arts marketers and audience development and engagement staff carry on such work themselves.

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Hints and tips guide to working with MPs

This is a useful and practical run-through of the do and don’t of working with an influencing MPs, essential for any press officer, arts marketing professional or fundraising seeking to influence stakeholders.

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Taking Part Survey audience patterns, behaviour and barriers

This analysis of data from the Taking Part Survey explores how people attend the arts and the socio-demographic factors that have an impact on that attendance.

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How endowments might be used to support the funding economy of the arts in Britain

This report reviews literature about endowments and other arts funding, to conclude that endowments are an underused tool in the English arts sector, but that they are not and can never be the whole answer. It suggests action that the Arts Council can take to support organisations at all levels of development, and the points made about fundraising and capital structure are pertinent at any stage in an organisation’s development. The report may be of use for arts organisations in considering their approach to alternative sources of funds that can complement, but not replace, public sector funding sources.

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What is the impact of engagement with and attendance at arts events on children and young people – for future audience development

This report discusses findings from the Taking Part Survey in relation to children’s engagement with the arts and culture, and how this will affect – or not – their likelihood of engagement or arts attendance as an adult. Arts marketers can use the findings and implications to start discussion of how their organisation should promote audience development within less engaged communities, through children, schools and family initiatives.

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London's outdoor arts in the public realm

This booklet presents the experience of 10 large arts and cultural institutions in London commissioned by ACE to undertake work in the public realm in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. They included The Barbican, The British Library, The British Museum, Exhibition Road Cultural Group, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre, Tate and Royal National Theatre.

These case studies identify opportunities and challenges of animating outdoor locations and engaging with audiences in unexpected ways, as well as clues as to how building-based arts companies can promote audience and organisational development.


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Explore case studies of how the arts and artists have contributed to regeneration and vibrant communities

In these case studies ACE identifies a range of artistic practice from across the country and looks at the role and impact of creativity within regeneration. The projects vary in scale and endeavour, but each identifies the very particular way that artists can influence and respond to regeneration. Each illustrates some of the ways art and artists are able to introduce enquiry, delight and responsiveness to initiatives that can sometimes threaten to overwhelm the very communities that they are intended to reach.

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Explore the background and policy guiding arts work with refugees, and case studies of good practice

This report of research into the circumstances, policy and issues surround arts for, by and with refugees in the UK gives background to the circumstances governing this work, the numbers of people involved and an idea of how the research was carried out. Alongside this are short case studies of projects with refugees from around the country. Artistic directors and arts marketers or audience development workers will find examples of good practice among the case studies.

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The theory and rationale behind adult participatory arts practice

An analysis of some London arts companies that have participation and engagement at the heart of their arts creation and delivery models. The review involved organisations that work in some of the most challenging circumstances possible in London – in prisons, in hostels for homeless people, in healthcare settings, in daycare centres for people affected by dementia, for example. This analysis discusses the theory and motivation behind participatory practice and gives recommendations for how this sector of the arts could be strengthened and increased.

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Find information and guidelines for access in buildings following the Disability Discrimination Act

‘Action for Access’ are guidelines for how to approach ensuring arts buildings are accessible for all users and audiences. The follow the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. And pull together the leading example of several arts venues across the country. They are useful for building managers and arts marketers or audience development professions wishing to ensure their venue is accessible for all audiences.

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Find further information and corrections to the guidelines for access in buildings

These amendments update the earlier guidelines issued, and include contacts for related professional bodies. They are useful for building managers and arts marketers or audience development professions wishing to ensure their venue is accessible for all audiences, following the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

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Get a quick overview of the landscape of cultural provision for children and young people

An overview of the framework for cultural opportunities for children, including a number of case studies and links to why and how practitioners should integrate these opportunities.

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How to put on a poetry event

A practical guide to running a poetry event, with tips on how to select your poets, contracts, remuneration, how to make the most of new technology, and how to ensure your event is a success.  There are also sections on audience interaction, adding in performance elements, and monitoring and evaluation to make sure you’ve got all bases covered.

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How to work with arts ambassadors

What makes a good arts ambassador?  How useful can they be as a marketing tool for your organisation? How do you get started on recruiting ambassadors that will bring real benefits?  With top tips and words of caution, this step by step approach to promotion and development through ambassadors will offer the tools you need to generate real impact.

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Family friendly toolkit

Still widely used, this family friendly toolkit is designed to support arts organisations who want to make a commitment to families – making it easier for families to take part in the arts, as audiences and participants. Aimed at arts professionals and drawing on extensive research and interviews, it contains experiences and practical examples of good practice from many cultural organisations to help develop work for families.

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How to develop a diverse audience base

This series of five case studies demonstrate different possible approaches for increasing the diversity of your audience. From the Balti Bus project at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, through to The Ramayana at Royal National Theatre London, each project approach is outlined and its effectiveness evaluated.


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