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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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Who are we? Counterpoint Arts and The Open University. Tate Exchange. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Survival depends on safer spaces

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2020 was a year that saw racial tension come to the fore. Amanda Huxtable, Director and Creative Producer at Vanitas Arts, reflects now on the role of cultural leaders to create safer spaces and take responsibility for change.
Woman dancing
Move Dance Feel - a dance project for women affected by cancer - founded by Emily Jenkins Photo: Camilla Greenwell

When two worlds collide

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What happens when the worlds of culture and health collide? Facilitator and leadership coach Mike Chitty explains how the two go hand in hand, and argues that using health budgets effectively could change society.
Young boy and woman looking at lit up display in a musuem
Visitors to an interactive exhibit at the Exploring Space Gallery. Photo: Science Museum Group

Reflecting value – a new podcast about culture and research

News
We're delighted to launch 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.
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 ...
2 students talking to a patient
Healthcare students, University of Leeds

Research digest: training and development of healthcare students

Research
There are growing examples of cultural organisations and practitioners working with healthcare students (including medical, nursing, midwifery, dental students) to help them develop their practice beyond core clinical skills. In this research digest, we assess the evidence for the value of culture in the training and development of healthcare students ...
My essential reads: cultural value and place
Without Wall's Urban Astronaut at Wakefield Council’s Festival of the Moon. Photo: Andrew Benge

My essential reads: cultural value and place

Essential reads
Are you thinking about the role of culture and place? Are you interested in evaluation practices and definitions of 'success' for culture-based place development? Franco Bianchini shares six recommended reads to help you explore the complexities of this area of research and practice ...

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