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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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Sharing learning: Back to Ours – Back to Bransholme

In this learning case study Louise Yates from Back to Ours shares her experience of delivering a large-scale production for the community, by the community. She explains how dialogue, engagement and listening to local audiences became key.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

Webinar: Recovery & renewal: Creative approaches to the Covid crisis

How have cultural organisations responded and adapted to the Covid crisis? What new ways of working have emerged as a result?


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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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

Webinar: Covid-19: “The great unequaliser?”

Is the pandemic the catalyst the sector needs to build a more equal future? What questions should we be asking and how can we accelerate the pace of change?


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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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

Nina Simon

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

Webinar: What is the value of online cultural engagement?

What does meaningful digital engagement look like and does it change the way we value culture? What can we learn from organisations that have found different ways to engage with audiences and communities, and what is emerging research telling us about new ways of creating value?


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

Webinar: What does cultural participation look like with and post-Covid?

How do you create opportunities for cultural participation in communities through a global pandemic? In this online discussion our contributors share what they have learnt and offer insights into how we can help understand cultural value in the future.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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Webinar: Whose cultural values?

Does everyone place a value on culture and if so, do they value it in the same way? And do people get the opportunity to engage in what they value most? This online discussion brings together contributors whose work is reshaping cultural value in the UK.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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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

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Sharing learning: Alchemy Film & Arts exhibition programme

In this series of learning case studies, cultural practitioners share their reflections and learning honestly, so others can learn from and build on their experience. In this example, Rachael Disbury, Production Director at Alchemy Film & Arts shares how the organisation changed their approach to audience engagement, paying close attention to what wasn’t working and ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

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Sharing learning: Cauldrons & Furnaces | Crochan a Ffwrnais

In this series of learning case studies, cultural practitioners share their reflections and learning honestly, so others can learn from and build on their experience. Here Clare Williams reflects on managing multiple agendas and questions of ownership in complex large-scale projects.  


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