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Using creative self expression to support mental wellbeing

Creative People and Places Hounslow take us through ‘Walking with the Unseen’, a project led by local people with no specialised experience of arts and cultural leadership. It shares how by working together and deliberating the issues that they identified locally, they developed an idea that tackled the huge subject of mental health in a ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

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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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Creative People and Places: Governance and consortium working

This research gives an overview into consortia models used in the Creative People and Places programme. Witten by Catherine Bunting and Tom Fleming.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Research

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Creative People and Places and its impact on artistic practice

From Small Shifts to Profound Changes written by Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken is an in-depth exploration of Creative People and Places (CPP) and its impact on artistic practice.


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research

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Creative People and Places: Creating the Environment

This report draws on research conducted with the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme between June and November 2018. It explores the idea of cultural ecology, and the cultural eco-systems within CPP locations. By examining the local environments of which CPP Places are a part, it offers new ways to understand what place-based cultural programmes, ... Read more


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Evaluation reports

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Persistent Encounter: social capital and Creative People and Places

Drawing on a range of discussions this think piece explores the language, relationship and potential impact of Creative People and Places (CPP) in achieving and measuring developed social capital and social change. Written by Karen Smith.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Article

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How to re-imagine our towns alongside our audiences

When the majority of arts programming was happening online amidst the pandemic, Heart of Glass made a statement to their communities: we’re still here, still believe in making art with local communities and want to champion art in unexpected places. Follow their story as they work with local residents in Parr, St Helens to change ... Read more


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Case studies

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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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Think Piece: How diverse are we really?

Creative People and Places (CPP) commissioned writer and researcher Dawn Cameron to explore the question How diverse are we, really?  The result is a multi-faceted and layered exploration of the core question, brought to life with stories and examples from the network itself.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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Creative People and Places. Make Change – Engaging with young people

An evaluation report by Elizabeth Lynch on Idea Test’s Make Change project. This is a story about a pilot project that did not work out as planned, that failed to generate all the hoped and planned for impacts but has made a useful space for reflection and learning for the Ideas Test team, their partners ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Evaluation reports

Ideas Test at No. 34 – taking over a High Street shop to increase engagement

Ideas Test, one of the first seven Creative People and Places (CPP) projects in England moved to No. 34, Sittingbourne High Street in December 2015 and were on the site for just over 4 years.  Find out how they used the space to increase opportunities for the local community to get involved in the arts.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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The digital edition of ‘bait time to celebrate’ in which stories and learning are shared from across the Museums Northumberland bait programme in South East Northumberland.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Lockdown Learning: what do we take forward, what do we leave behind

How the Creative People and Places Museums Northumberland bait programme sustained creative connections during the 2020/21 lockdowns and the learning they are taking forward post pandemic.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

Multiplying Leadership in Creative Communities

A detailed framework by Mark Robinson of Thinking Practice commissioned by the Creative People and Places network to explore and contextualise leadership approaches across the Creative People and Places programme and to consider the impact and learning from this for the wider sector.  


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Research

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Can the arts tackle digital exclusion?

Katie Moffat, Head of Digital at The Audience Agency highlights how cultural organisations can play a key role in demystifying the internet.


Published: 2019 | Resource type: article

Ideas Test: the use of non-traditional art spaces to increase community engagement

A Creative People and Places case study for CultureHive. Ideas Test is a Creative People and Places funded project that aims to increase opportunities for people in Swale & Medway to take part in arts and creative activity in ways they choose.


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Case studies

Mapping and Analysis of Engagement Approaches across the Creative People and Places Programme

A major piece of new research that maps and analyses engagement approaches across the Creative People and Places programme. Written by Sarah Boiling and Clare Thurman. Commissioned by the Creative People and Places Network.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

Draft Culture Strategy for London

Have your say – Draft Culture Strategy for London. The Mayor has made culture and the creative industries one of his top priorities. He has set out his policies and commitments for culture and invites all Londoners to support him in the development and delivery of his ambitions for culture in the capital.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: article

Go and See Programme with Cultural Spring and bait

This Cultural Spring and bait Case Study share their Creative People and Places (CPP) programme working to raise participation in arts and culture on South Tyneside and Wearside.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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Creative People and Places: Shared Decision-Making Toolkit

This resource gives examples of shared decision-making from across the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme. It includes case studies, tools and tips to help you think strategically, recruit, deliver collaboratively and reflect together.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools