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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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To the Beat of a Different Drum, Yorkshire Dance. Photo: David Lindsay

What value culture?

How do people define culture and its value to them, and how does that impact on our society? In this uncertain climate, does our engagement with culture have more value than ever before? These are just some of the questions we will be posing this November, as we launch our free online festival of ideas.
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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.
Whose cultural values?

Whose cultural values?

Does everyone place a value on culture and if so, do they value it in the same way? And do people get the opportunity to engage in what they value most? Join our contributors to discuss how can we step outside the norm and reshape what cultural value looks like.
Young people and mental health: shaping our research

Young people and mental health: shaping our research

Join us for an interactive workshop where we share the introductory stages of our research in this area and invite you to feed in your ideas so we can collectively identify the strengths, challenges and knowledge gaps in practice and research.
Reflecting Value - call for contributors
Reflecting Value

Reflecting Value – call for contributors

We are looking for guests for our first mini-series on culture, health and wellbeing. Interested in being involved?Reflecting Value is a new podcast from the Centre for Cultural Value, where we will explore the big questions relating to cultural value in a reflective space.

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