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Three people looking at a piece of outdoor public art. The artwork is made up of larger notebook pages. The page to the front of the image has the text: to leaf is
To Leaf is to Learn - public art by Juanjo Novella and Simon Armitage (Photo by Mark Webster)

Research Digest: Culture and placemaking

What is the relationship between culture and placemaking? This digest brings together research that examines how and why arts and ...
Performer in yellow top and denim shorts at an outdoor performance at night. They are reaching out, passing something to an audience member.
Derby Festé 2023

Research Digest: Lifelong Cultural Engagement

How may the value and impact of engaging with culture evolve across someone's lifetime? Are our cultural tastes set in ...
A performance group called "Without Walls" performs “Belly of the Whale”. They are stood on top of a seesaw-like sculpture in front of Wakefield Cathedral at Wakefield Council’s Seaside in the City.
Wakefield Council (Photo by Andy Hardwick))

My essential reads: Artists’ livelihoods

What do we know about artists' social and economic status? And why should this matter to the cultural sector and ...
A back view of a woman recording in a music studio. She is holding her microphones while standing in front of a microphone and a studio control room.
Cottonbro Studio

How to … share research and evaluation findings through performance

It is common for findings from research and evaluation to be shared in reports and articles. But what other creative ...
An ensemble of violinists, guitarists, percussionists and guitarists perform on stage at Bridgewater Hall in front of a concert audience. They are backed by yellow and white lighting.
The Oracle at Bridgewater Hall. Photo by Gaelle Beri

How to … create intimate and intense ‘classical music’ experiences

Adam Szabo reflects on his experience as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Manchester Collective and what practical steps it is ...
Image of three sculptures displayed on top of a green box. The background of colourful fabrics.
We Gather Exhibition at the Crafts Council Gallery, 2021. Vessels sculpture by Francisca Onumah. Photo by Ben Deakin.

How to … amplify diverse voices in research and evaluation

Dr Karen Patel provides practical tips on amplifying diverse voices in cultural sector research and evaluation ...
Two people walking together through Leeds University's Union building.
University of Leeds

How to … conduct a walking interview

Do you or your organisation use interviews for research or evaluation? Written by Lauren Hall and Dr Ceri Pitches, this ...
Part of a large circle of people, of all ages stood together holding hands.
Circle of Trout. Photo © Anthony Schrag

Research digest: The role of the artist in society

What do we know about the role of artists working in socially engaged ways, the value of this work, how ...
A top down view of a woman painting a brown and red pattern on a plate at a crafts table.
Crafts Council Living Labs (Photo by Gene Kavanagh)

How to … approach anti-racist audience and community research

Damaging attitudes and misconceptions about minoritised ethnic individuals and communities can have a negative impact on how we represent and ...
Diagram of the wheel of change framework showing an outer circle and inner circle. Outer circle is four connecting arrows in green, purple, red and blue, containing the words 'OUTPUTS' 'ACTIVITIES' 'INVESTMENTS' 'OUTCOMES'. Inner circle is orange, containing the words 'AMBITIONS AND IMPACTS

Evaluation for change: A guide to planning a mixed-methods framework for evaluation

Are you looking for a fresh approach to evaluation that is flexible and can be tailored to the scale and ...