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Tactics for the Tightrope: creative resilience for creative communities

Part manifesto, part toolkit, Tactics for the Tightrope by Mark Robinson shows how creative resilience can be a process of resistance not co-option, and can help anyone connect, collaborate and multiply the voices of creative communities, to move from hurt to hope. Published by Future Arts Centres.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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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

Creating engaging digital events and projects

The Culture Hack Toolkit is a handy and comprehensive guide to producing your own digital prototyping programme. The toolkit includes information on what motivates people to take part, what questions you should ask before you begin planning, and how participating in a Culture Hack event can support legacy projects and longterm organisational change alongside examples ... Read more

Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Re-framing risk

How does an arts organisation tackle change successfully in difficult economic times? This resource summarises discussions with leaders from four cultural organisations – Whitworth Art Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre, Sadlers Wells and Arc, Stockton – about their approaches to organisational change and risk-taking.

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Guide/tools

How to get your audiences and visitors to take greater risks

We’re in danger of not listening to our audiences enough, and under-estimating what they want from our organisations.  This guide brings to the fore some of the issues around WHY we should encourage our audiences down different paths, exploding some of the myths around the dumbing down of artistic content.  See where the synergy exists ... Read more

Published: 2008 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Collaborative working, digital innovation and how to trust your audiences

Watershed’s 10 year development journey is discussed openly and honestly, with a close look at its reputation as a digital innovator, a new understanding of what its role in a modern city might be, and learning how to communicate more effectively with audiences.    Testing times and business challenges are analysed and used as a ... Read more

Published: 2009 | Resource type: Guide/tools

How to innovate when building bridges between artists and the public

Whilst it may be daunting to try to make the most of digital technology and innovation, there are some sure fire ways to increase your impact and engagement with new audiences.  Ideas around working collaboratively, taking risks and making the best use of the tools available are given, along with building your confidence to experiment ... Read more

Published: 2009 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Connecting with communities

Community engagement – learning, participation, education and outreach – is a vital way of tapping into communities around the arts. This guide explains, using case study examples from the Welsh National Opera and Museums at Night, how to better engage with communities to encourage audiences to take risks, and to get the community involved in ... Read more

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Filling the disappointment gap

With less time to spare, people are going for guaranteed experiences rather than taking risks. How can we ensure they are not disappointed?

Published: 2002 | Resource type: Research