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Working with and supporting cultural organisations: local cultural policies and Newton’s Law of Cultural Funding

Researchers Rachel Johnson, Abigail Gilmore and Benjamin Dunn look at how Covid-19 is changing arts and culture policy and strategy within local cultural ecosystems, and the potentially damaging effects of a funding ‘gravitational pull’ within well-networked organisations and regions.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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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

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How to…broker a successful academic partnership

Are you interested in working with academics to create new knowledge and amplify understanding? This guide by Culture Forum North helps you consider the potential benefits of research partnerships with academics and suggests how to initiate and develop these relationships.      


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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How to… co-commission research

Have you ever wanted to do research but didn’t have either the resources or expertise to do it alone? If the answer is yes, this guide might be what you’re looking for.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Behind the Scenes: Dorset Moon – one small step to giant success

In the final of three blogs looking behind the scenes at a major project across Dorset, arts marketer, Director of storytelling agency, Storiie and AMA member Laura Mulheron takes us through the final phase of Dorset Moon featuring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

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Behind the Scenes: To the moon and back – the collaboration of arts organisations to reach new heights

In the second of three blogs looking behind the scenes at a major project across Dorset, arts marketer and AMA member Laura Mulhern explores the importance of collaboration and partnerships.


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

Behind the Scenes: Zara, Mind the Gap. Blog 1 – Julia Skelton

In the first of three blogs looking behind the scenes at Mind the Gap‘s latest production Zara, their Executive Director Julia Skelton opens up the process of creating a large-scale outdoor project that illuminates the stories and challenges faced by learning-disabled parents.


Published: 2019 | Resource type: Article

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The Ultimate Guide to Partnerships between Museums and Brands

Cuseum take a comprehensive look back at the unique and creative partnerships that museums and brands have forged over the years.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Developing successful partnerships

This resource provides tips on how to nurture successful partnerships to enable new income. The tips have been shared by a range of business advisors contributing to Prosper, Creative United’s business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: article

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East Durham Creates: non-arts partnerships

East Durham Creates shares its experience of action learning, non-arts partnerships, experimentation and the lessons it has learnt along the way.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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‘Strictly’-style fundraising event raises £6,000 each for charity partners

Helga Brandt and Joanne Howard from Pavilion Dance South West share how partnering with another charity has helped them achieve fundraising success.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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Transported: Non-arts partnerships

Explore how non-arts partnerships have helped Transported to engage new audiences in the arts.


Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

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Heart of Glass: non-arts partnerships

Learn from Heart of Glass’ experience of developing non-arts partnerships in this case study, which explores impact, outcomes and good practice.


Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

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Like Mother, Like Daughter: Establishing an arts and corporate partnership

Learn from Creative Scene’s experience of partnering with Bradford-based fashion label bonprix to foster new relationships and stimulate and sustain arts engagement.


Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

LeftCoast: Place Governance and Partnerships

This case study explores how LeftCoast established a partnership and governance structure to increase arts and cultural provision in Blackpool and Wyre.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Case studies

Policies for the people

The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three-year programme running from July 2013 to June 2016, funded by Arts Council England.The programme works to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to enable public service commissioners to increase their awareness of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver their outcomes. In this ... Read more


Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

Preparing for a meeting with a potential corporate partner

Preparing for a meeting with a potential corporate partner

This guide provides useful advice on how to prepare for a meeting with a potential corporate partner to ensure your ‘ask’ is presented in a way that complements your potential partner’s business activities.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Creating ethical guidelines for fundraising

Creating ethical guidelines for fundraising

This guide provides useful advice on how to set up ethical guidelines to ensure that trustees, staff and any potential commercial partners share a common understanding of your organisation’s ethical values.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Transported Live: Assault Events at Elsoms

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. The programme has eleven different strands of arts activity, one of which is Transported Live: taking projects to the workplace and to those who wouldn’t normally engage with the arts. This case study ... Read more


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Case studies