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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

Working together

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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Healthcare students, University of Leeds

Stepping out of the role – arts approaches in healthcare training

In their joint blog, lecturers Simon Burrow and Dr Helen Pusey discuss our latest research digest and the value of arts-based approaches in healthcare training.
Group discussion round table
Who are we? Counterpoint Arts and The Open University. Tate Exchange. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Survival depends on safer spaces

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.
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

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.
Library balcony with shelves of books curving away into the background
Photo: Susan Q Yin, Unsplash

Fatima’s next job won’t be in cyber: Creative workers and education during the pandemic

In this post, we use the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Force Survey to explore how creative workers responded to the pandemic by developing their qualifications and education ...
Dance performance
Birds of Paradise, Purposeless Movements 2019. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic

Sharing learning: Birds of Paradise Theatre Company – personalised access statements

Case studies
In this series of learning case studies, cultural practitioners share their reflections and learning honestly, so others can learn from and build on their experience. Here Mairi Taylor, Executive Producer of Birds of Paradise Theatre company, reflects on how they as a company learnt from their mistake of making assumptions ...
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. Read the article below or download the ...

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