Three people looking at a piece of outdoor public art. The artwork is made up of larger notebook pages. The page to the front of the image has the text: to leaf is
To Leaf is to Learn - public art by Juanjo Novella and Simon Armitage (Photo by Mark Webster)

Research Digest: Culture and placemaking

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What is the relationship between culture and placemaking? This digest brings together research that examines how and why arts and culture play a part in placemaking and what that means for organisations, practitioners, policymakers and funders ...
Photo of a boat on a body of water with fireworks behind it, at night. People in silhouette watching from the edge of the water.
Image: Derry-Londonderry 2013 (Derry City & Strabane District Council)

How are UK Cities and Capitals of Culture evaluated?

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Introduction Evaluating a large-scale cultural project such as a City or Capital of Culture is not straightforward. There are a wide range of activities to evaluate, multiple stakeholders to involve and consult, and the evaluation is often expected to demonstrate numerous and often highly ambitious outcomes and impacts. Although cultural ...
A performance group called "Without Walls" performs “Belly of the Whale”. They are stood on top of a seesaw-like sculpture in front of Wakefield Cathedral at Wakefield Council’s Seaside in the City.
Wakefield Council (Photo by Andy Hardwick))

My essential reads: Artists’ livelihoods

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What do we know about artists' social and economic status? And why should this matter to the cultural sector and our wider society?  In the Centre's research digest exploring the role of the artist in society, we highlight how artists are in a rare position to illuminate and reframe the ...