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Northern Ireland is Making Cultural Plans

Across Northern Ireland from citizens through to local councils and Arts Council Northern Ireland we are engaged in developing a range of arts strategies and cultural policies. Get an overview of the cultural strategy landscape and some insights and provocations Read more

What to Make of Culture in Our Times?

A Civic Conversation Read more

BRIDGING survey report

Report on European survey of co-creative activities which bridge social capital Read more

Presentations: The Common Interchange of Ordinary Intelligence

Presentations from a series of conversational seminars exploring cultural participation, democracy and the economy through the lens of the commoning and cooperative movements Read more

How Creative Citizens are Building Hope in Local Communities

Robin Simpson, Chief Executive of Voluntary Arts, describes how in this changing world, that for many of us feels deeply unsettling, we may find ways of responding constructively in new approaches which draw on old traditions. Read more

A New Role for the Artist - A Manifesto

John Fox MBE distills a lifetime of experience liberating art from 'the ghettos of theatres and galleries and restoring it to participating communities.' Read more

Garvagh People's Forest - A Commoning Practice

"I was in the forest today and I came out taller than the trees" Karin Eyben tells a story of commoning in a local forest in Northern Ireland Read more

Mindfulness and the Contemplative Commons

Dr. Peter Doran asks questions about a neoliberal world seeking to enclose and marketise our attention Read more

Cultural Commons: Who pays and who benefits?

Niamh Goggin of Small Change (NI) Ltd questions the systems of creation and distribution Read more

An Instance of Cultural Commoning

Tom Jones, of No. 11 Arts in Birmingham, shares an example of cultural commons in practice Read more

The Common Interchange of Ordinary Intelligence

The Common Interchange of Ordinary Intelligence Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, 12-18 March 2018 Read more

Parks as Commons

Dr. Abigail Gilmore of the University of Manchester considers the function of parks as common spaces Read more

'CultureBanked®' - Our Digital Cultural Commons?

Liam Murphy shares his thoughts on digital commons and the CultureBanking approach to IP rights Read more

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade: Our Big Day

Andrew Kim, Artistic Director of Handmade Parade, writes about producing participatory cultural events in West Yorkshire Read more

Cultural Commoning and Civic Conversation

Denis Stewart, Chair of Voluntary Arts Ireland shares some thoughts and reflections on cultural commoning Read more

The People's Parish - Singing Our Own Song

David Francis of TRACS describes how The People's Parish projects connects with local culture across Scotland Read more

Cardboardia: Forming New Communities

Daria Stenina of Cardboardia explains the origins of the planet's most friendly and creative country Read more

5Rights and the Power of Real-Life Gathering

Beeban Kidron OBE discusses the unique power of convening in real life and her work in the digital world Read more

What does cultural democracy mean?

Robert Livingstone questions how Scotland's cultural ecology operates Read more

HowlRound: A Case Story in Cultural Commoning

Jamie Gahlon's case story of Boston-based knowledge commons by and for the theatre community Read more

Cultural Commons and Social Wellbeing

Nat O'Connor of Ulster University considers cultural commoning and its effects on our society Read more

Why Cultural Commoning Matters

Kevin Murphy & Denis Stewart introduce our new series of articles on cultural commoning Read more

Exploring Making Music

Making Music launch 'Exploring Making Music' to understand and support leisure-time music groups playing a wide variety of music in the UK. Read more

Creative Health

Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Read more

Towards Cultural Democracy

'Promoting cultural capabilities for everyone' - report by King's College London Read more

'Dance to Health' report

Pilot project to help older people has significant success Read more

Age UK's Wellbeing Index

Being ‘creative’ and ‘open’ boosts wellbeing in later life according to report Read more

Five Ways to Wellbeing

A toolkit providing a clear approach to understand the Five Ways to Wellbeing in relation to creativity Read more

The Aesop PHE Evaluation Framework

Aesop and Public Health England's evaluation framework for arts for health and wellbeing Read more

Creative Place-Making in Northern Ireland

Capitalising on local community assets, inspiration and potential Read more

Everyday Creativity

64 Million Artists' report for Arts Council England Read more

Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth

The 2015 report by the Warwick Commission on the future of cultural value Read more