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Treasury of arts activities for older people. Volume 2.

A second edition of a treasury of arts activities for older people. 52 activities, accessible and creative,  for use with older people in any setting. Published by The Baring Foundation. Written by Liz Postlethwaite.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Visionaries: A South Asian arts and ageing counter narrative

This research, by Arti Prashar and Elizabeth Lynch, looks across England to explore the experience of older artists, and offers insight into work led by South Asian artists and practitioners with their communities. Read this report if you want to know more about older South Asian artists who are working in England or better understand ... Read more


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Research

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10 Years of Learning from Creative People and Places

This report from Mark Robinson summarises central learning points from research commissioned around the Creative People and Places  programme since 2012. It includes research papers, conference reports, provocations and evaluations of the programme and individual projects.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Evaluation reports

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Behind the Scenes: Bursting sector bubbles with Creative People and Places 

In the first of three behind the scenes blogs, Culture in Common consortium member Sara Lock answers the question people keep asking… Why is a physical activity charity leading a Creative People and Places programme? 


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Case studies

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The impact of everyday creativity on community identity and cohesion

This fascinating short essay by the Creative Director and Producer Alex O’Toole explores the renewal of domestic creativity as a powerful radical act. It was commissioned by LeftCoast, Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places project for Blackpool and Fleetwood following conversations about their Inside Out programme using hyper local culture and creativity to empower ... Read more


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Article

Case study: Learning to pivot and finding new ways to engage with communities

Rob Lawson, Press Officer at The Cultural Spring takes us through how their team quickly pivoted their methods of delivery in response to Covid-19. Find out how they contributed to the improved wellbeing of participants, enhanced connections and also supported local artists and creative practitioners.  


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Case studies

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Creating arts education opportunities and working with the artists of the future

Gemma Wright, Head of Learning at Camden Arts Centre (CAC) talks about the learning programmes she creates to engage learners of all backgrounds. We also learn how CAC nurtures the next generation of artists through residencies and learning programmes. One of a series of podcasts with museum people by For Arts Sake.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Podcasts

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Podcast: All inclusive – museum diversity and festival planning

Aisling Serrant, Community Engagement Manager at the Museum of London Docklands talks about her creative approach to making the museum a welcoming, inclusive, representative space for all. One of a series of podcasts with museum people by For Arts Sake.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Podcasts

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Tea and Tasters and going digital

MarketPlace has been developing a relationship with The Barleycorn Cafe in Middenhall over the last few years. A need to tackle loneliness and create new shared experiences for local people resulted in a series of artist taster sessions to inform a longer project with their artist of choice. Find out the difference this project made ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Lockdown Learning: #5 Risk, failure, learning and resilience

Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning is a short series of  five case studies that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CPP projects and how they responded. Each of the five case studies explores a different theme. In the fifth case study Kathryn Welch reflects on some of the themes ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Nina Simon: Reimagining relevance

Nina Simon, author of The Art of Relevance and founder of global charity OF/BY/FOR ALL, shares her perspective on new tools being offered to help build more inclusive and relevant organisations as part of Arts Council of England’s strategy for 2020-2030, Let’s Create.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Article

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Engaging disadvantaged communities outside your catchment area

Between 2017-2020 Emergency Exit Arts (EEA)worked with partners to conceive and deliver an ambitious arts and heritage project to mark the end of the First World War. This project report shows how the project, Paper Peace, engaged communities far from EEA’s south-east London base overcoming many challenges to engage disadvantaged communities.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Evaluation reports

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Creating museum exhibitions to provoke meaningful behavioural change

Culture has always played a role in subversion, empowering activism and holding power to account. If museums want to be ‘of’ the communities they exist in, then they of course need to advocate for them. Morris Hargreaves McIntyre have identified six principles for museums to follow if they wish to incite meaningful social action in ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Article

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Podcast: Nina Simon – building more inclusive community organisations

Hannah Mason, Head of Social Entrepreneur Support, Creative United talks to Nina Simon, the founder of OF/BY/FOR ALL,  a movement to build more inclusive cultural organisations. One of a series of AMAculturehive podcasts commissioned for The Learning Lounge, AMA Arts Marketing Festival 2020.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Podcasts

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Lockdown Learning: #4 Basic needs and creativity

Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning is a short series of  five case studies that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CPP projects and how they responded. Each of the five case studies will explore a different theme. In the fourth case study Kathryn Welch asks: as people struggle to ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

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Lockdown Learning: #2 The role of digital engagement in place-based projects

Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning is a short series of  five case studies that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CPP projects and how they responded. Each of the five case studies will explore a different theme. Kathryn Welch looks back on what ‘s been learned through this intense ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

Lockdown Learning: #1 Working with artists through lockdown

Creative People and Places in Lockdown: responses and learning is a short series of  five case studies that explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CPP projects and how they responded. Each of the five case studies will explore a different theme. The first case study by Kathyrn Welch looks at the immediate and ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

Impactful Insights – a data-driven approach to audience development

A straightforward guide from Creative Scene that shares insights about the value of using data to better understand and engage audiences.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

Touring Arts to Libraries Toolkits and Templates

Creative Arts East, in partnership with Arts Council England, have undertaken an extensive period of research into how library services receive touring arts and provide their users with opportunities to experience arts and culture. Following this research they have produced a comprehensive set of resources including toolkits and information templates carefully tailored for artists and ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Quite an adventure: lessons from digital arts projects with older people

This short report summarises the findings of an evaluation of the Digital Arts and Creative Ageing (DACA) Programme, funded by the Baring Foundation and the Nominet Trust (now ‘Social Tech Trust’). The evaluation was carried out by Imogen Blood, Lorna Easterbrook, and Mark Robinson, of Imogen Blood & Associates and focused on how the use ... Read more


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research