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How to … fail well

Owning and admitting openly to failure can be uncomfortable. But what do we mean by failure, and how can we change our perspective away from things ‘going wrong’ to genuinely learn and reflect? This how-to guide will help cultural organisations not only to recognise failure, but to do it well.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: guide-toolkit

Dream, 2021, rehearsal photo. An Audience of the Future project. The Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Covid-19 and the global cultural and creative sector. Two years of constant learning – new foundations for a new world

This report is a follow up to Covid-19 and the global cultural and creative sector – what have we learned so far? published in October 2021. As the report author Anthony Sargent says: Where I left the story last year, I outlined what felt the most important learnings for the Cultural and Creative Sector from … Read more


Published: 2022 | Resource type: research

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Workforce: A slow recovery from Covid for performing arts

In this post Ben Walmsley and Tal Feder look at recent data from the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey to assess what’s happening in the performing arts workforce. This article brings together data that was shared at the recent Future of Theatre 2022 conference, hosted by The Stage


Published: 2022 | Resource type: research

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Research digest: Older people’s physical health

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the value of cultural programmes in supporting older people’s physical health as they age. This interest has been noted within the cultural sector, as well as the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors (e.g. AgeUK, Aesop). We are all growing older, and so it is … Read more


Published: 2022 | Resource type: research

Research digest: Older people – culture, community, connection

In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that cultural participation can play in older people’s wellbeing and sense of connection to other people. This interest has been noted within the cultural sector, as well as the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors (e.g. AgeUK, The Baring Foundation). We are all growing … Read more


Published: 2022 | Resource type: research

How to… write a learning case study

We all learn in different ways – through our practice as much as through the evaluation that follows. But how can you communicate your own learning journey in a way that benefits others? What do you need to consider before you start developing a case study? What does an effective case study need to include?


Published: 2022 | Resource type: guide-toolkit

Reflecting Value Season Two Episode five. Physically distanced, socially connected. Hosted by Lewis Hethrington National Theatre of Scotland

Reflecting Value S2 Ep5: Physically distanced, socially connected

This episode of the Reflecting Value podcast  is hosted by Lewis Hetherington of National Theatre of Scotland who brings together six people who have been participants in creative work during the pandemic. Created in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland.  


Published: 2022 | Resource type: podcast

Reflecting Value - Season Two. Episode four - Learning through crisis. Hosted by Anna Woolf with guests Bablu Miah and Daniel Regan

Reflecting Value S2 Ep4: Learning through crisis

This episode of the podcast Reflecting Value is hosted by Anna Woolf from London Arts and Health who explores the impacts of the pandemic on practitioners and the people they work with. Created in partnership with London Arts and Health.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: podcast

Reflecting Value. Season Two. Episode 3 - Gaming as Culture. With guests Marie Foulston, Michael Heron and Stephanie Ijoma

Reflecting Value S2 Ep3: Gaming as Culture

This episode of the podcast Reflecting Value explores the cultural experiences people have through playing video and board games.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: podcast

Reflecting Value. Season Two. Episode Two - Who Holds The Power. With guests Avany Cymru, Sylvan Baker and Helen Graham

Reflecting Value S2 Ep2: Who holds the power?

The second episode of Reflecting Value explores the power dynamics that underpin cultural participation and research.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: podcast