National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education:

All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education

This report from 1999 about Creative and Cultural  Education still has much relevance today.

“This report argues that a national strategy for creative and cultural education is essential to that process. We put the case for developing creative and cultural education; we consider what is involved; we look at current provision and assess the opportunities and obstacles; and we set out a national strategy.

By creative education we mean forms of education that develop young people’s capacities for original ideas and action: by cultural education we mean forms of education that enable them to engage positively with the growing complexity and diversity of social values and ways of life. We argue that there are important relationships between creative and cultural education, and significant implications for methods of teaching and assessment, the balance of the school curriculum and for partnerships between schools and the wider world.”

Download “All Our Futures” here: All Our Futures

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES - POLICY AND EVIDENCE CENTRE: Comparative analysis of pay and conditions: London's West End and New York's Broadway

This discussion paper feeds into our wider research on freelancers, considering the employment conditions and wages of freelance musical theatre performers. 

The paper compares the employment situations of musical theatre performers in London’s West End with those working on New York’s Broadway. Based on a combination of in-depth interviews, ethnographic research and sector-specific data, it shows that freelance performers in the UK are paid less and experience greater job insecurity than their counterparts in the US. Further analysis shows that the employment conditions for UK musicians in the West End are more favourable than those of other performers. The paper offers insights into the reasons for these disparities through an exploration of business strategies, employment relations and political structures. It suggests a range of responses to address the problem. 

Heidi Ashton is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at the University of Warwick with over 25 years of experience as a freelance worker.

Read the report here.

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Creatives in Crisis is a research project which aims to explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on creative freelancers, and to look at how freelancers are mobilising online communities in response.

Creatives in Crisis is a research project which aims to explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on creative freelancers, and to look at how freelancers are mobilising online communities in response.

The project is led by Dr Holly Patrick of Edinburgh Napier University and is funded by the Creative Informatics research and development programme.

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How creative organisations and artists can support biodiversity, habitats, and ecosystems

The report draws a picture of extraordinary loss, with nature declining at rates that have never been seen in human history and that are accelerating, propelled by five key human-driven activities. The IPBES ranks these, in descending order of impact:

(1) changes in land and sea use
(2) direct exploitation of organisms
(3) climate change
(4) pollution
(5) the spread of invasive alien species

The Report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global. Through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably – this is also key to meeting most other global goals. By transformative change, we mean a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values.”

– Sir Robert Watson, Chair, UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Read the full report here.

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Cultured Communities - The Crisis Of Local Funding For Arts and Culture

This report presents new research on the cuts to local government funding of arts and culture between 2009-10 and 2018-19. We have also analysed Arts Council England spending. The report also reviews the importance of arts and culture for local areas to boost recovery after coronavirus. Throughout the report, there are insights from Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. The report makes recommendations on how national government and local government can place arts and culture at the heart of a post-Covid-19 recovery and ensure that every pound spent on arts and culture is used effectively.

Read the report here.

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Impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors: First Report

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated public bodies

Sport, culture and tourism all operate to some extent by bringing people together for shared experiences. All have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. While this report focuses on sectors within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s remit, it is important to remember that their difficulties will spill into the wider economy, and the health and wellbeing of the population as a whole

Read the report here.

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Roundhouse - Roundhouse Creating Futures Report

Young people have been hit hard by Covid-19 – especially their mental health and future job prospects. But we know that creativity can play a part in helping improve mental wellbeing and also in building the skills needed to take on future challenges and employment opportunities.

The Roundhouse Creating Futures report evidences, for the first time, the importance of our creative projects and the value of creativity on the future of the young people who take part in them – especially when it comes to getting a job.

We believe that young people should not be left behind in this crisis and we wholeheartedly believe that creativity has an intrinsic role in helping young people to become more resilient for the challenges that lay ahead.

Take a look at the report to find out how young creatives benefitted from their time at the Roundhouse and what we’re calling on the Government, funders and businesses to do, to support young people’s futures.

Read the report here.

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The Theatre Green Book

We’re living in a climate crisis. Theatre makers – like everyone else – want to respond to that emergency. But for theatre, the need to change is particularly urgent. If theatre is to be part of the most vital conversation humanity faces, then it has to change its practice. The Green Book provides clear standards for that change. In other volumes it will show how to improve the sustainability of theatre buildings and theatre operations. This volume is about making productions more sustainably

Read the report here.


UNESCO - Culture & working conditions for artists

The UNESCO study Culture & Working Conditions for Artists uncovers persisting and emerging challenges artists and cultural professionals face and examines how countries around the world are addressing these issues through policymaking.  The study is based on a quadrennial global survey conducted in 2018 on the impact of the 1980 Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist, designed to track developments and identify emerging trends related to the status of the artist: over 90 responses from UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations were received.

Read the report here.

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Be Creative Be Well – Arts, Wellbeing and Local Communites

All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education

This Arts Council report from 2012 “describes and evaluates the Be Creative Be Well project and the key role it has played within the integrated, community-led Well London programme.”

“The influence of Be Creative Be Well has been significant: not only in the direct impact it has had on working with communities over the three-and-a-half years of the project, but also in the contribution it has made, as a key theme, to the success of the overall Well London approach. The emerging evaluation of the Well London programme suggests that it has been highly effective in increasing community engagement and in improving health and wellbeing, in even the most deprived communities; this report highlights that the quality of the arts and cultural activity has an important relationship with the quality of that engagement.”

Download “Be Creative Be Well” here: Be Creative Be Well

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WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? PART 2 - Women in Scottish Theatre

Stellar Quines and Christine Hamilton Consulting

Stellar Quines commissioned Christine Hamilton to carry out the research as a follow up to her original Where are the women? report released in 2016 which covered the year 2014/15.

The new research covering 2019/20 was carried out by Christine Hamilton Consulting and Fraser White of Consult:Result. Quantitative data were collected and analysed for 26 companies and included 1,338 creative roles. The research findings show that, in many areas, there has been an increase in the percentage of women in roles in 2019/20 compared to 2014/15.

See the full report here: Where are the women – Part 2

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