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Understanding the difference culture makes

We are building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society. We want cultural policy and practice to be based on rigorous research and evaluation of what works and what needs to change.

Aesop Arts & Health conference, Southbank Centre. Photo: Helen Murray
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We invite you to join a movement to help us better understand the role that culture plays in our lives. You might be thinking about how you can better evaluate the impact of your work, or how you can use research insights and critical reflection in your practice. Keep in touch to hear about resources, events and opportunities to shape our research and get involved.

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Visitors to the Exploring Space Gallery. Photo: Science Museum Group

Reflecting value – a new podcast about culture and research

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We're delighted to be launching Reflecting Value, our new podcast. Hosted Dr Robyn Dowlen, it shares the successes and challenges of communicating cultural value, bringing together a range of thought-provoking guests for discussion and reflection.
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Power Play, Tate Exchange. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

New research reveals scale of crisis affecting creative freelancers

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There are 38,000 fewer freelancers working in creative occupations since the start of 2020, our research shows. Freelancers are especially important to the creative economy as they represent a high proportion of the workforce.
Recovery isn't a black and white picture
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Recovery isn’t a black and white picture

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The impact of Covid-19 was always going to be devastating and the immediate shock severe. Inequities and inequalities that existed before were inevitably going to be exacerbated. But like any crisis, the impacts are rarely all negative and we are certainly starting to see some interesting shifts in thinking across the sector from our early investigations – shifts that might lead to that elusive goal of enduring systemic change.
Inequality through Covid: findings from the second wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor
Photo: The Lowry

Inequality through Covid: findings from the second wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor

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Is Covid-19 further exacerbating existing inequalities in cultural engagement?  By now, we know all too well that the pandemic has impacted everyone negatively, but this latest report from The Audience Agency focuses specifically on the inequality of those impacts, asking who is more negatively impacted and looking at how that relates ...
The Lowry building interior during closure in lockdown
The Lowry in Lockdown. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Working with and supporting cultural organisations: local cultural policies and Newton’s Law of Cultural Funding

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Researchers Rachel Johnson, Abigail Gilmore and Benjamin Dunn look at how Covid-19 is changing arts and culture policy and strategy within local cultural ecosystems, and the potentially damaging effects of a funding 'gravitational pull' within well-networked organisations and regions ...
Webinar: Covid-19: "The great unequaliser?"
Image: Clockwise from top left; Anne Torreggiani, Lara Ratnaraja, Dr Roaa Ali, Ben Walmsley

Webinar: Covid-19: “The great unequaliser?”

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Is the pandemic the catalyst the sector needs to build a more equal future? What questions should we be asking and how can we accelerate the pace of change? ...

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