Archive for November, 2020

Research

Open call – do you want to take part in a research project on the impacts of Covid-19?

The Centre for Cultural Value is leading a national research project exploring the impacts of Covid-19 on the cultural industries. We are working with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence CentreThe Audience Agency and a national consortium of researchers. 

As part of this work, we’re looking for organisations who’d like to tell their stories through a series of case studies. By taking part you will be lending your story, your experience and your vision to research that will inform those directly responsible for making cultural policy across the UK.

Image: Left Bank Leeds. Photo: Sally Molineaux

We’re developing a series of case studies exploring the impacts in different sectors and across the four nations of the UK. We are already in touch with a number of festivals in Scotland and screen-based organisations in Wales, so in particular we are keen to hear from:

  1. Theatre organisations based in England that are diverse-led, and/or making work for diverse audiences or working with diverse participant groups (Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, disabled, LGBTQ+).
  2. Theatre producing or touring organisations or venues of any size working in or embedded in rural areas in England.
  3. Independent or volunteer-led museums or heritage sites of any size based in the north east or north west of England.
  4. Galleries operating in small town or rural areas in the north east or north west of England.
  5. Leaders of arts and cultural organisations working or embedded in rural areas of Northern Ireland.
  6. Theatre, performing arts, museum or gallery-based organisations in England that applied for but did not receive support from the Cultural Recovery Fund – or that were not eligible to apply for this support

What will be involved?
We would like to tell the story of individual or organisational experience of COVID-19 so far and over the next 12 months. We will be developing this through a mixture of interviews and documentary analysis. Your story will help us make sense of some of the other data being collected in this project and elsewhere.

We are sensitive to the pressures you face with resources and capacity and will be led by you in determining your level of involvement. Depending on the size of your organisation, this might include a number of online interviews with different people, including a director or someone at a similar level. We may also ask you to share some key strategic documents with us. Your involvement will be anonymous and kept confidential, unless explicitly agreed otherwise.

Why are we making this call?
To help us to identify immediate and long-term implications for cultural policy and practice, we want the case studies to explore impacts for different types of cultural and creative practice, visions, and economic models, and across the ethnic, geographical, socio-economic and demographic diversity of arts and cultural producers and their audiences.

We already have the involvement of a wide range of practitioners and organisations in this study, but we want to include more.

What is the time-frame for this?
We want to start working with you as soon as possible, so we are asking for you to contact us before 14 December 2020.

How do I get involved?
Please complete this quick online form expressing your interest. If you’d like to know more or have any questions about the project, please contact: ccv@leeds.ac.uk

While we can’t guarantee to include everyone in our case studies, we will be creating specific opportunities in the next year for everyone to comment on and further contribute to the findings of this study as they are released.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of UKRI’s Covid-19 funding.

Source: Centre for Cultural Value

Funding

Thriving Communities Fund Launched

Arts Council England has partnered with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/thriving-communities/ to launch the Thriving Communities Fund.

Dance to Health – Birmingham

The fund will help create local partnerships who can offer activity to help improve or maintain health and wellbeing, particularly for groups that experience healthcare inequalities made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mags Patten, Executive Director of Public Policy and Communication at Arts Council England , has written about the fund in a new blog post https://bit.ly/2UmZsGX

Projects must be delivered by a consortia including at least one cultural organisation and three core partners.

For further information and links to apply when the funding opens on 23rd November: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/thriving-communities-fund#section-1

Source: ACE – Your Creative Lowdown

Consultation

Evaluation during the Pandemic

Evaluating Remote and Online Creative Activities During the Pandemic

Changes in approaches to evaluating creative activities delivered remotely or online during COVID-19 have been prompted by increased flexibility from funders and the continuing need to find appropriate, accessible and sustainable ways to access participant experience.

These are two of the findings uncovered through a recent curated online conversation, hosted by Willis Newson, Creative and CredibleArts and Health South West and the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, in association with Professor Norma Daykin and Dr Karen Gray.

The event, on 8th September 2020, brought together an invited group of 36 mainly UK-based arts practitioners, evaluators and researchers. Short keynote presentations from the field were followed by facilitated breakout discussions and a plenary.

Discussion highlighted the adaptive, improvisational, and innovative ways in which arts and health practice is responding to Covid-19.

Evaluation was seen as critical in terms of providing evidence of outcomes in order to ensure the survival of the arts and cultural sector. However, with funders showing themselves to be flexible, many attendees had felt more able to question the type of evaluation that would be most useful. This had been accompanied by a shift from measuring quantitative outcomes to qualitative impact and process evaluation.

Attendees recognised evaluation as crucial to honing emerging practice, ensuring appropriateness and best meeting participant needs. It was felt that evaluating innovations in practice resulting from responses to Covid-19 could be critical to the long-term development of the sector.

Attendees asked: “How do we use existing forms of evaluation but not be limited by them?” They recognised that participatory and creative approaches to evaluation support its integration into project delivery, make participants feel more like people and less like data, and enable access to participant voices, authentic stories and experience.

Illustration by Emma Lazenby of Formed Films

The session raised questions for future discussion. How can we share insights from evaluation to inform both practice and policy? How can we share expertise and work collectively?  And, how can we continue to ensure quality by nurturing reflection in and on practice – even amidst a crisis?

A full report of the discussion is available to download here

Source: Creative & Credible/ Arts and Health South West/ Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance