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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.


Creative Commission – exploring cultural value

As part of our inaugural festival of ideas online this November, we launched a Creative Commission callout, to engage the artistic community in creating a short film about the value of culture. Here Jason Kerley talks about how he responded to the brief and what culture means to him.
Left Bank Leeds. Photo: Sally Molineaux

What’s next for cultural value

Over 1,000 people took part in eleven free events over ten days - our inaugural 'festival of ideas' has given us lots to think about. In this blog, Ben Walmsley summarises the past two weeks and considers what's next for cultural value.
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Left Bank Leeds. Photo: Sally Molineaux

Open call: take part in research exploring the impacts of COVID-19

Do you want to be part of a national research project exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural industries across the UK? By taking part in our case studies you will be lending your story, your experience and your vision to research that will inform cultural policy across the UK.
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Norfolk Celebration Event, Aesop. Photo: Becky Demmen

Culture on referral: research digest

This research digest reviews and summarises the academic literature on culture on referral programmes. It identifies where there is evidence and where further research is needed.
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British Council. Oona Doherty, Hard to Be Soft. Photo: Luca Truffarelli

International policy responses to Covid: webinar recording

This webinar recording from 17 September 2020 presents findings from recent research into international policy responses to the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural sector.
Dancers on stage
The Lost Letters, Britten Sinfonia. Orchestras Live. Photo: Paul Bellany

My essential reads: value(s) in cultural participation

Leila Jancovich shares her essential reads on value(s) in cultural participation.

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