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FailSpace — also known as Cultural Participation: Stories of Success, Histories of Failure — is an AHRC-funded research project exploring how the cultural sector can better recognise, acknowledge and learn from failure, particularly when undertaking work intended to diversify and grow the people who are taking part in subsidised cultural activities.

The project is led by Leila Shepherd, with David Stevenson, Lucy Wright and Malaika Cunningham.

The authors of How to… fail well were Leila Shepherd, David Stevenson and Lizzie Ridley.

  • Leila is Associate Professor in Cultural Policy and Participation at the University of Leeds and is an associate director for the Centre for Cultural Value.
  • Lizzie is a communications specialist and post graduate researcher at the University of Leeds, and Impact Assistant for the FailSpace project.
  • David is Dean of Arts, Social Sciences and Management and Professor of Cultural Policy and Arts Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and an associate director for the Centre for Cultural Value.

Resources by FailSpace

How to … fail well