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Flash Sale! Family Arts Conference 2017, 15 March

Flash Sale! Family Arts Conference 2017, 15 March

Family Arts Campaign are offering 25% off places at the Family Arts Conference for a few days this week. They asked us to let the Future Arts Centres’ community know. Reduced places are £97.50 + VAT. To claim your discount, just enter code FLASH25 when…

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Ticket pricing explored – Part 2

Ticket pricing explored – Part 2

In the second of our Future Arts Centres blogs about how arts centres are experimenting with innovative pricing models, Annabel Turpin reports on ARC Stockton’s first full year of Pay What You Decide pricing. Yes, I’m still blathering on about Pay What You Decide. If…

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Stratford Circus: an arts centre at the heart of Newham

Stratford Circus: an arts centre at the heart of Newham

Tania Wilmer, director of Stratford Circus Arts Centre, talks about how arts centres can contribute to their local community, drawing on her work in Newham. In January every Year 6 child in the London borough of Newham will see Akram Khan Company’s new work, Chotto Desh…

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Visitor voices can raise the volume

Visitor voices can raise the volume

Audiences’ experiences can be as powerful as economic data in arguing a case for culture, writes Jane Earl, chief of Rich Mix arts centre Running an arts venue means you often spend a lot of time dealing with the minutiae of everyday life. When your…

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Live theatre screenings – boon or burden?

Live theatre screenings – boon or burden?

Years ago, I read Yes Prime Minister, produced in the form of the Diaries of Jim Hacker. In one episode a suggestion was made that the National Theatre was made truly national by simply renaming all of the regional theatres as The National.  I remember…

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A Party Political Broadcast for Arts Centres

A Party Political Broadcast for Arts Centres

With just six months to go until the general election, it felt timely to take a look at the current thinking about arts and culture amongst the political parties, and what this might mean for arts centres. One thing is for sure – the outcome…

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The Theatre Charter: an arts centre perspective

The Theatre Charter: an arts centre perspective

Last week, a new Theatre Charter was published (www.theatre-charter.co.uk) “to instruct casual and future audience members as to what is acceptable behaviour”. The Theatre Charter suggests that ‘bad behaviour’ is putting off regular customers (although fails to cite any evidence of this), describes mobile phone…

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Wish You Were Here: The Relationship Between Arts Centres and Tourism

Wish You Were Here: The Relationship Between Arts Centres and Tourism

As the summer heat settles in, and holiday season begins, Richard Foster, Chief Executive of Lake District-based venue Brewery Arts, reflects on the relationship between arts centres and tourism.  For many rural locations the local art centre is “the arts.” Without a variety of art…

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The Future of Arts Centres at a time of Local Authority Cuts

The Future of Arts Centres at a time of Local Authority Cuts

Tracy Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot, shares how the venue survived a 100% Local Authority funding cut in 2010 – and why it is now stronger than ever. As reported in The Stage (12.6.14) Simon Mellor, ACE’s Executive Director recently said ‘Local authority arts cuts…

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The Future Is Bright – Future Arts Centres

The Future Is Bright – Future Arts Centres

Chris Kirkwood, Chief Executive of Lincoln Drill Hall, shares his thoughts on the Future Arts Centres conference. This was originally posted on his blog, Theatre Nobody. In a climate of uncertainty, where resources are stretched and when the whole arts sector is fighting harder than…

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