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My essential reads: co-creating value though audience engagement

How can cultural value be co-created with audiences in a democratic and collaborative way? Ben Walmsley shares seven recommended reads with ideas from leading practitioners and researchers.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

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My essential reads: cultural democracy

What is cultural democracy and how have ideas about cultural democracy – from the radical to the pragmatic – influenced policy and practise? David Stevenson shares seven recommended reads on cultural democracy and challenges you to think about how cultural participation is understood and supported in the UK.    

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

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My essential reads: value(s) in cultural participation

Are you thinking about participation and the different values we all bring to our experience of culture? Here are six recommended reads that will help you explore the different meanings people give to ‘participation’ and how this affects the approaches we might take.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

64 Million Artists January Challenge Impact Report

Each year thousands of people take part in 64 Million Artists 31 days of free creative challenges. #TheJanuaryChallenge takes place across social media and promotes creativity, peer support and wellbeing. This report explores the impact and reach of The January Challenge online and offline.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Research

MAYK: Touring international participatory performances to areas of low engagement

An in-depth look at new approaches to touring participatory international performance in England.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Case studies

Behind the Scenes: Our Space, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Blog 3 – Clive Rowe

A behind the scenes look at Theatre Royal Plymouth‘s Our Space project from three different perspectives. In  Blog 3 Big Issue vendor, member of Project X and Our Space Steering Committee member, Clive Rowe, tells us his story.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

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Behind the Scenes: Our Space, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Blog 1 – Sara Baldwin

A behind the scenes look at Theatre Royal Plymouth‘s Our Space project from three different perspectives: Engagement Manager, practitioner, participant. In the first of three blogs Sara Baldwin, Engagement Manager for the theatre takes us through how the programme started, how it’s evolving to meet the needs of the community and the impact its having ... Read more

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

14-18 NOW: Summary of Evaluation

This report by Josephine Burns based on documents and data analysis by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, summarises 14-18 NOW’s five-year programme and tells the story of a unique undertaking that brought together art and heritage with a vision ‘to support the creation of artworks by contemporary artists, to engage and stimulate the UK public in fresh and engaging ... Read more

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research

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OF/BY/FOR ALL: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

The AMA is backing the OF/BY/FOR ALL change network and following its progress through a range of blogs, case studies and videos. Our series includes a number of Q&A sessions with participant organisations who are furthering their mission to become OF, BY and FOR their communities.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

Purposeful Participation. A Field Guide and Toolkit for Cultural Intrapreneurs.

This Field Guide is the final output of The Future Of Cultural Heritage: a year-long collaborative innovation process convened by the New Citizenship Project, working with a cohort of twelve individuals from six organisations across the sector.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Putting the Purpose in Participation

In the week New Citizenship Project launches its Field Guide to Purposeful Participation they take us through their journey over the last 12 months  exploring what it really means to think of people as participants in shaping cultural heritage, and institutions as places for that to happen.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

Treasury of arts activities for older people

A treasury of arts activities for older people. 50 activities, long and short for use with older people in any setting. Published by The Baring Foundation. Written by Liz Postlethwaite

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Giving youth a voice – developing strong and lasting connections with young people

Annabel Thomas, Arts Development Manager at Trinity College, London explains why youth engagement is key to develop strong and lasting connections with potential audiences.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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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Evaluation in participatory arts programmes

Creative People and Places teams, artists, evaluation partners and critical friends share a selection of approaches, models and methods for evaluating participatory arts programmes.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Shine A Light

Shine A Light: a participation film project for the over 60s

Learn from Derby QUAD’s experience of engaging and working with over 60-year-olds in a participatory filmmaking project.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

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Engaging communities in song

Gain top tips for funding and delivering a long-term vision, finding participants for large-scale community projects, and building valuable partnerships.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

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Youth participation: Slam Cymru

Learn how Literature Wales adapted an international initiative to engage young people in literature.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

Center of Creative Arts and COCABiz: case study in innovation and adaptive capacity

This is an in-depth US-based case study documenting the successes of COCABiz: a programme of the Center for Creative Arts that supports the business community in St. Louis, Missouri with integration of artistic practices. COCABiz was a project incubated in’s Innovation Labs for the Performing Arts programme in 2009, and has since grown into ... Read more

Published: 2015 | Resource type: Case studies

Transported Empty Shops Report

Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme that aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities. This report on Transported’s Empty Shops project explains how empty shops were utilised as pop up arts spaces in August 2013.

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies