Our research

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Our research programme aims to increase our knowledge and understanding about the impact of art and culture on people’s lives.

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Manchester Day produced by Walk the Plank. Photo © Mark Waugh

Through research and evaluation, we produce evidence and intelligence that supports art and culture organisations to improve their practice and to demonstrate the impact they are having.

Our research also helps to inform art and culture policy, and the Arts Council’s investment activity.

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Community and place

Art and culture have always been important in building and shaping places and communities where people want to live

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Top left to bottom right: 1. New Wolsey Theatre: Our House cast. Photo, Mike Kwasniak. 2. Gecko Theatre: Missing. Photo © Robert Golden. 3. Funky Llama Club Night 2013 at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photo © Fiona Walsh. 4. Turner Contemporary: You Are Here workshop 2011. Photo, Benedict Johnson. 5. Bow Arts Open Studios '13. Photo © Ollie Harrop / Bow Arts Trust. 6. Other Side by Chiharu Shiota at Towner Gallery. Photo © Alison Bettles / Towner Gallery. 7. Behind the scenes of the Cardboard Living Room at Knowle West Media Centre. Photo © Digital R&D Fund for the Arts / Nesta. 8. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes 9. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 10. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 11. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 12. Artificial things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Chris Parkes 13. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner 14. Knowledge is Beautiful (cc) Creative Commons - informationisbeautiful.net 15. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts