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Getting out of our comfort zone

18.09.17

Jan Ford reviews our new toolkit on shared decision-making and describes how it's a philosophy that's at the heart of Orchestras Live.

Sound Around Northampton Schools concert. Orchestras Live. Photo: Photocall Event Photography

Power Up and Shared Decision Making Toolkit: an introduction

18.09.17

Sarah Davies from A New Direction introduces two new companion resources on power and shared decision-making

Local cast in newly commissioned musical Danny Hero, Made In Corby. Photo: Adam Balcomb

More than evaluation

07.09.17

Holly Donagh, Partnerships Director at A New Direction reflects on the challenges and rewards of managing a large-scale evaluation programme

Our story in numbers

A powerful case for change

07.09.17

Anne Torreggiani, Chief Executive of The Audience Agency on asking the right questions and using the right kinds of evidence

Creative Barking & Dagenham. DAGFEST. Photo Dabuju Media

Evaluation approaches in community contexts

30.08.17

Sarah Davies on a new resource sharing a range of approaches to evaluating arts projects in community contexts 

Ribbon Wheel - Nicola Winstanley and Sarah Nadin

Putting your audience first - East Durham Creates shares approaches at the Arts Marketing Association conference

27.07.17

Nikki Locke, Head of East Durham Creates is at the Arts Marketing Association conference in Belfast this week talking about audience-led approaches with Anne Torreggiani from The Audience Agency.

So Percussion. From Out A Darker Sea. Seaham. Photo: Richard Kenworthy

Harnessing the heritage of making in our industrial past for a creative and confident future

04.05.17

In a guest blog to mark the first National Festival of Making, designer Wayne Hemingway writes about making creativity a way of life in a post-industrial UK

Art in Manufacturing. Traysway with Ruth Jones and Cherry Tree Bakery. Photo: Richard Tymon

No Boundaries 2017

19.04.17

"Why doesn't the arts sector work with real people more?" 

Creative Barking and Dagenham. Cultural Connectors at DAGfest 2015. Photo Dabuju Media

You can do it yourself: class, place and culture

13.02.17

Writer Lynsey Hanley on social boundaries, cultural choices and doing it for yourself.

Ashington District Star recreate Fish and Chips by Fred Laidler working with photographer Julian Germain

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