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Multiplying leadership not leaders

28.10.19

Patriarchal models of arts leadership belong in the 19th century, says Mark Robinson – we need to develop more distributed, non-linear ways of working.

CPP network Power of Community event, hosted by Revoluton

A seat at the table

24.04.19

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

Imrana Mahmood at The Power of Community symposium in Luton. Photo: Aleksandra Warchol

The power of collaboration

26.03.19

Uzma Raziq from Super Slow Way reflects on the power of collaboration in the arts, and what we can learn from the world of conflict transformation.

Group of people standing talking in Brierfield Mill as part of the Shapes of Water Sounds of Hope

From small shifts to profound changes - what to consider when commissioning socially engaged art

21.03.19

What makes socially engaged and participatory arts projects successful? Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken talked to artists, commissioners and participants to find out.

Portrait – people and places of the First Art area by David Severn and Kajal Nisha Patel

Opening-up decision-making

28.02.19

Opening up decision-making about what art gets made and by whom doesn't lead to people 'playing it safe', but to programmes that engage more people, more deeply. Tamsin Curror examines the evidence.

As part of Heart of Glass’s Bliss Park project Heather Peak of Studio Morison took more than 50 St Helens skaters on research trips to skate parks around the country.

Turning engagement patterns upside down

17.01.19

How can arts and culture reach a broader audience that more accurately reflects local communities? Sarah Boiling explores how to change the pattern of who engages with the arts.

Royal Opera House Swan Lake at DAGFEST 2018. Creative Barking and Dagenham

Ten top tips for new Creative People and Places projects

06.12.18

As Arts Council England opens a new round of funding to the Creative People and Places programme, Rachel Adam from bait shares her top tips for new places

bait. Participants from the Open Door project in Cramlington working with artist Eva Mileusnic. Photo: Jason Thompson

Placing audiences at the centre

06.08.18

Justine Themen from the Coventry City of Culture team reflects on themes from People Place Power and the inextricable link between genuinely engaging communities and artistic excellence  

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Food for Thought

18.12.17

Nic Allen tells us about her experience of being part of Appetite's Supper Club and her recent trips to cultural events in the UK

The Magic Flute by Royal Opera House performed at Appetite’s Big Feast Festival 2017. Photo: Clara Lou Photography

Getting out of our comfort zone

18.09.17

Jan Ford reviews our new toolkit on shared decision-making and describes how it's a philosophy that's at the heart of Orchestras Live.

Sound Around Northampton Schools concert. Orchestras Live. Photo: Photocall Event Photography

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