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The role of voluntary arts in Creative People and Places

16.01.17

Robin Simpson of Voluntary Arts introduces a report and podcast focusing on the role of voluntary arts activity in Creative People and Places projects

Rush with Southpaw Dance Company, The Cultural Spring. Photo: Dan Prince

We've just published a report by Robin Simpson of Voluntary Arts that builds an overall picture of how Creative People and Places (CPP) projects are working with the voluntary and amateur sectors. 

Here Robin introduces the report and a podcast that includes interviews with voluntary groups about their experiences working with Creative People and Places.

Voluntary Arts conducted interviews with all CPP projects in March-April 2016, to look at how CPPs are involving voluntary arts groups in their programmes, and produced a report, The role of voluntary arts activity in Creative People and Places 2016, which you can read here.

Our report summarises common themes, challenges and examples of good practice around working with voluntary arts groups arising from the interviews with CPP projects, as well as identifying implications for peer learning and further research. One of the key lessons drawn from the interviews was the need for CPPs to invest time and care into separate preliminary discussions with each voluntary arts group to help the CPP and the relevant group to begin to understand each other’s capacity, skills and limitations. 

The Voluntary Arts 'Up for Arts' team have also been interviewing voluntary and amateur arts groups across the country about their experiences of working with CPP projects. These interviews have been edited to produce a 15-minute podcast which highlights some key learning points for CPP projects working with voluntary arts groups. 

The podcast includes interviews with: