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We are building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society.

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Fun Palaces, Feltham. Photo: Helen Murray
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Reflecting on renewal and recovery

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share the latest findings from a research programme examining the impacts of the pandemic. This article was first published in Arts Professional on 13 July 2021 In ...
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Robyn Dowell recording the Reflecting Value podcast

Behind the scenes: making the Reflecting Value podcast

What goes into making a podcast? Our research associate and podcast host Dr Robyn Dowlen talks through the process of ...
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The Lowry in lockdown. Photo: Nathan Chandler.

New Covid-19 data shows audiences slow to return to live events

The latest data from The Audience Agency shows people are still reluctant to return to live arts and cultural activities ...
Liz Chege and Julia Negus share their stories and reflections on the Covid crisis

Liz Chege and Julia Negus share their stories and reflections on the Covid crisis

In this blog, Liz Chege and Julia Negus share their first-hand perspectives and reflections on how they and their organisations ...
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Why digital isn’t enough

As Covid-19 has pushed culture online, Danielle Child, Karen Gray, Harry Weeks and John Wright examine how arts and cultural ...
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Healthcare students, University of Leeds

Stepping out of the role – arts approaches in healthcare training

In this joint blog, lecturers Simon Burrow and Dr Helen Pusey reflect on our latest research digest. They look at ...
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Image courtesy of Grace Quantock

The wounds that arts and culture can cause – stealing our stories and selling our pain

Can arts and research spaces create barriers for marginalised identities instead of supporting them? Psychotherapeutic counsellor and writer Grace Quantock ...
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Who are we? Counterpoint Arts and The Open University. Tate Exchange. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

Survival depends on safer spaces

Following a year in which racial trauma was brought to the fore, Amanda Huxtable reflects on the role of cultural ...
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Move Dance Feel - a dance project for women affected by cancer - founded by Emily Jenkins Photo: Camilla Greenwell

When two worlds collide

We asked our recent podcast guest Mike Chitty to reflect on what happens when you bring the different worlds of ...
Calling Bradford-based creative practitioners
We Are Bradford. Photo courtesy of National Science and Media Museum

Calling Bradford-based creative practitioners

Invitation to participate in a half-day research workshop with University of Bradford and the Centre for Cultural Value We are ...
Dr Roaa Ali and Lara Ratnaraja share their responses from our first Covid-19 webinar

Dr Roaa Ali and Lara Ratnaraja share their responses from our first Covid-19 webinar

In this blog, Lara and Roaa share their thoughts on what the research presented at the webinar is telling us ...
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Visitors to an interactive exhibit at the Exploring Space Gallery. Photo: Science Museum Group

Reflecting value – a new podcast about culture and research

Asking the big questions about cultural value in a reflective space We're delighted to launch Reflecting Value, our new podcast ...
Woman and three children engaged in arts activity
Power Play, Tate Exchange. Photo: Dan Weill Photography

New research reveals scale of crisis affecting creative freelancers

There are 38,000 fewer freelancers working in creative occupations since the start of 2020, new findings from our Covid-19 research ...
Recovery isn't a black and white picture
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Recovery isn’t a black and white picture

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share findings from a research programme that shows there are silver linings among ...
Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector
Tate Families, 20 Days. Photo: Rob Harris

Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector

Karen Gray and John Wright reflect on themes emerging from their case study research examining the impacts of Covid-19 on ...
Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?
Photo: Joshua Hanson, Unsplash

Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?

Ben Walmsley and Emma McDowell reflect on what they’re hearing about the research, evaluation and policy needs of the sector ...
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Music in Mind. Manchester Camerata. Photo: Rachel Bywater

Academic call-out to take part in the pilot project of our Collaborate fund

Stephanie Pitts tells us about an opportunity to be the academic partner in the pilot of a new fund to ...
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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 ...
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 ...

I love working within the arts – dancer Kevin Edward Turner

Kevin Edward Turner is an award-winning dance artist who co-founded Company Chameleon in 2007 and regularly promotes mental wellbeing. What’s ...

Community is at the heart of culture – Zulfiqar Ahmed

Zulfiqar Ahmed is an expert in community-led development and is now progressing, in the midst of coronavirus, the 10-year £3.5m ...

Five minutes with Dr Kat Taylor – culture for mental wellbeing

Ahead of this November's festival of ideas, we delve deeper with some of our guest speakers. What's your earliest cultural ...
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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 ...
Woman dance
To the Beat of a Different Drum, co-produced by RJC Dance and Yorkshire Dance. Photo: David Lindsay

What value culture?

Ben Walmsley, Director of the Centre for Cultural Value, introduces our online festival of ideas How do people define culture ...
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 ...
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Who Are Ya? Tate Exchange. Dan Weill Photography

How global issues are driving a new cultural agenda

Maintaining an international perspective and collaborating with global partners will be key to rebuilding the UK’s cultural sector and securing ...
Children drawing by the side of a lido
Fun Palaces, Brockwell Lido. Photo: Helen Murray

Working together to articulate cultural value

When the coronavirus crisis eases and government is prioritising what happens next, nothing will be more important than being able ...

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