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Performers from the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express.

Pride of the community

Laura Dyer, from our Executive board, talks about how the Creative People and Places program is working to restore a sense of pride in our communities.

A curator working with young people

The commercial curator

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about the changing role of curators, and the inventive approaches to earning income for museums

Drummers walking through Blackpool

Grit and glamour in Blackpool

Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life

A young woman in a Create t-shirt holds a dance pose while performing on stage against a bright green backdrop

On culture and caring

Nicky Goulder on the impact of art and culture on young carers, and how creativity can helps us to step into someone else's shoes

A woman is sat on a box in the foreground. The setting is dark. Blurred images of people are in the background, as if moving or not quite there anymore.

What makes ‘great’ art

Simon Mellor, Executive Director of Arts and Culture, on what makes ‘great’ art and how we’re helping organisations measure the quality of their work

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Top left to bottom right: 1. The Colour of Time at Cast, Doncaster. Image © James Mulkeen 2. Appetite presents the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express. Photo © Clara Lou Photography. 3. Archaeology Store at Leeds Discovery Centre 4. Spark Drummers at Blackpool Illuminations. Photo © Claire Griffiths 5. A young carer performs at Sadler’s Wells during inspired:arts. Photo © Alicia Clarke 6. A Winter's Tale at The Barbican Centre, produced by Cheek by Jowl. Photo © Johan Persson / Cheek by Jowl 7. 'Emil and the Detectives' by Red Earth Theatre. Photo © Red Earth Theatre / Robert Day 8. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 9. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 10. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 11. Illustration © Arts Council England 12. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford