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Tailor-made – how community groups improve people’s lives

The Community Development Foundation has published its latest research: ‘Tailor-made: How community groups improve people’s lives’. It shows the vital contribution small community groups make to society and how funders can best support them.
‘Tailor-made’ is the first overall, national picture of the value community groups bring and finds that without small amounts of funding, much […]

85% of 7 – 18 year olds in Wales attend an arts event once a year or more

The Arts Council of Wales has released initial findings from the annual Children’s Omnibus Survey which explores the frequency by which 7-18 year olds attend and participate in arts activities in Wales. 
During 2013, 85% of children and young people in Wales attended an arts event once a year or more.  This is an increase of 5 percentage […]

UK City of Culture, What are we learning? A report

UK City of Culture, What are we learning? A report UK City of Culture What Are We Learning?
A Conversational Seminar
Verbal Arts Centre, Derry/Londonderry, 10th September 2013, 2-5.30pm
Hard copy of the report below available to download here 
Introductions
Denis Stewart, Chair of RSA Ireland and Stephen Brown, Chair of Voluntary Arts Ireland, welcomed guests to this joint session hosted by their two organisations.
Denis explained that […]

A skeleton overview of the state of the amateur arts in Europe

A skeleton overview of the state of the amateur arts in Europe This research report, by Hilary Ramsden, was created from research carried out at the 2012 Amateo conference ‘Everyone’s a Winner’, hosted by Voluntary Arts from 17 to 19 June 2012,  to address the need for more pan-European research on the state of the voluntary and amateur arts.
On behalf of Voluntary Arts, Hilary interviewed nine leaders […]

Everyday Participation project

Everyday Participation project Voluntary Arts is pleased to be a partner in ‘Understanding Everyday Participation – Articulating Cultural Values’, a large-scale project to research how people participate in culture, sport and other social and civic activities in their everyday lives. The research aims to develop new ways of understanding and measuring participation and its value based on how […]

Voluntary Arts: The State of the Sector Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland Facts, Figures, Future ‘In one year over 12% of the adult population participates in the arts through voluntary arts groups in Northern Ireland’. This is one of the key findings of the Voluntary Arts Ireland research report.
This is the first report on the nature of the voluntary arts sector in Northern Ireland. It looks at […]

More than a hobby

In a recent article for Arts Professional, Voluntary Arts Chief Executive Robin Simpson explains how research findings are helping to develop a true understanding of the impact of grassroots, amateur arts activities:
“Every Wednesday evening, when I get home from a meeting in London, a visit to one of our offices in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Cardiff or […]
Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345. Registered Office: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK.