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Commissioner Hasan Bakhshi publishes report on the impact of live broadcasting on theatre attendance

25th June 2014

bakhshi_hasan.jpgIn a report for NESTA, Hasan Bakhshi and Andrew Whitby use data for the UK's early National Theatre (NT) Live broadcasts to explore the impact of live broadcasts on audience numbers at performing arts venues themselves. Using a new, extensive dataset of theatre ticket transactions for multiple theatre venues across England, and over a longer time period, they conclude that National Theatre Live is likely to have boosted local theatre attendance in neighbourhoods most exposed to the programme. The report is also an excellent illustration of the potential application of big data in the arts.

You can read the blog summarising the reports conclusions here and the full working paper is available to download here.


Eleonora Belfiore to speak at conference on theatre spectators & cultural value

21st May 2014

Theatre audienceOn 31st May, Dr Eleonora Belfiore will speak at 'THE ROAR OF THE CROWD: a conference on theatre spectators and cultural value' at the University of London. The conference is the culmination of an AHRC Cultural Value research project into how theatre audiences at 3 major British theatres think and feel about what they see. Speakers include Helen Freshwater, author of Theatre and Audience, and Liz Tomlin, co-founder of Point Blank. Panellists include ATC's Artistic Director Ramin Gray and writer and performer Deborah Pearson (of Forest Fringe). Tickets are free and you can book your place here.



Jonothan Neelands's ArtsProfessional article on cultural DNA & ecosystems of success

dna_cropped.png3rd March 2014

In an article in ArtsProfessional, the UK's leading arts management magazine, Jonothan Neelands warns that although creativity and cultural vibrancy is part of our shared DNA, the flourishing Creative Industries will wither unless attention is paid to their delicate root system which relies on public subsidy to survive. Read the full article here.


Commissioner Tony Ageh involved in Inheriting British Television Symposium

7th February 2014

bradford_event_details.jpgOn 11th February, the Inheriting British Television research project will host a symposium at the National Media Museum for researchers, practitioners and media heritage workers involved in the production of television as heritage, memorable and archivable. The project - a joint venture of the University of Warwick and the University of York - will undertake a series of oral history interviews with television producers, screenwriters, archive managers, production workers, extras and heritage organisations. Professor Lucy Hooberman, a member of the Commission's Academic Reference Group is also involved. For more information, visit the project's webpage.


Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value begins

20th January 2014

tessa_jowell.jpgThe Commission begins its investigations this week with the first evidence-gathering session. Meeting at the headquarters of the Design Council in Islington, the Commissioners will hear evidence from Dame Tessa Jowell, Cllr Flick Rea, William Perrin, Julian Bird, Richard Russell (Arts Council England), Professor Sara Selwood on the diverse ways in which the UK invests in its cultural life.


Commission holds its first Public Provocation on the Future of the Arts

13th January 2014

pestonThe Commission will hold its first public Provocation on 4th February with BBC economist, Robert Peston, former head of the CBI, Sir Richard Lambert, the Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Alan Davey and Professor of Sociology, Bev Skeggs. For more information, visit our Events page!