June 2011
30 June 2011
Work Foundation report on the knowledge economy

The Work Foundation has produced a new report looking at the future of the knowledge economy in Britain up until 2020. It ranges widely but for us the interest is in its identification of four key sectors driving Britain's knowledge economy, one of which is the creative industries.

29 June 2011
The future of Nine Elms

Nine Elms in Wandsworth is one of the largest redevelopment areas in London. BOP Consulting and our partners Futurecity have been involved in cultural place-making projects there (see this earlier blogpost for details of what that involves), most notably at Battersea Power Station. Wandsworth Council posted a short video on the future of Nine Elms on YouTube a while ago, featuring the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, among others.

28 June 2011
BOP launches new brochure of services

BOP Consulting has just launched a new brochure illustrating the range of services we offer. A PDF of the brochure can be downloaded  here

27 June 2011
The mixed prospects for regional art galleries

James Hamilton, a university curator and former gallery keeper, has an interesting article in The Spectator looking at the mixed prospects facing regional art galleries. While acclaimed new galleries have opened in Margate and Wakefield, others are seeing their opening hours slashed and curating posts axed. Hamilton feels that important links between art and the places in which it is created risk being lost: 

24 June 2011
The hidden meanings of artspeak

For Friday afternoon: this send-up of artspeak is doing the rounds on the internet.


24 June 2011
The importance of robust research

Alistair Smith of The Stage has written an excellent article contending that arts organisations need to make sure that their arguments for funding are both robust and measured. He points out that some of the claims made by the new Lost Arts campaign are hard to prove (if not downright wrong), and run the risk of not being taken seriously by the Treasury and local government.

23 June 2011
Creative Futures bursaries available

Creative Scotland runs a artists residency scheme, Creative Futures. The programme funds up to 200 residencies a year. Proposals for two new ones have just been issued by the Federation of Scottish Theatre (a BOP client).

Bursaries of up to £11,500 are available to support an individual to carry out projects in the area of Arts and the Economy or Arts and Equalities.

22 June 2011
Measuring the intrinsic impacts of the arts

Many attempts to measure the impacts of the arts or culture focus on instrumental benefits, such as  economic or social impacts. LARC, the Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium, has just released an interesting report which instead tries to measure the intrinsic benefits to audiences of cultural experiences. 

The report, commissioned from Baker Richards and WolfBrown, explores audiences ‘readiness to receive’ culture, and six constructs of intrinsic impact: captivation, emotional resonance, spiritual value, intellectual stimulation, aesthetic growth and social bonding.

21 June 2011
Making a business case for culture and sport

Over the last few months the DCMS has released a number of data tools to help provide background evidence for cultural and sporting projects. The tools were commisioned as part of the department's Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) programme. They can be found here

20 June 2011
How to encourage volunteering in the arts and cultural sector

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has just produced a guide - Culture and Volunteering – which aims to increase the number of volunteers in the arts and cultural sector in the city. Although its case studies are drawn from London organisations, some of the 'best practice' advice it offers is more widely applicable.

17 June 2011
Technology Strategy Board publishes new Innovation Strategy

The Technology Strategy Board, which is the primary public body for business innovation in the UK, has released its latest Innovation Strategy, for 20011-15: Concept to Commercialisation. It can be read here.

16 June 2011
Creative industries in Australia

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is one of the world's leading centres of academic research into the creative industries. A recent paper by Terry Flew, a professor there, describes and quantifies the creative industries in Australia before going on to offer some thoughts on what the creative industries approach has achieved for culture more broadly.

15 June 2011
Entrepreneurship in Europe's creative industries

Earlier this year the European Commission published a study from the Utrecht School of the Arts into the Entrepreneurial Dimension of Cultural and Creative Industries. The study was designed to review the problems facing the sector and make some recommendations for tackling them. The problems across Europe are much the same as in Britain, such as a lack of access to finance, a predominance of very small firms, and a shortage of general business skills.

14 June 2011
The future of architects

Building Futures, RIBA's think-tank, recently produced The Future for Architects?, a report looking ahead to 2025 to see what may happen to the profession.

13 June 2011
Business models in the visual arts

Susan Royce has written a report for Arts Council England and the Turning Point network looking at developing sustainable business models in the visual arts. She notes that:

There is a widespread belief that many business models within the visual arts sector are relatively weak and particularly vulnerable to reductions in funding. This belief is broadly supported by the available research. Most visual arts organisations are under-capitalised and have reserves that are too small both to support investment and growth and to protect the organisation in times of crisis.

10 June 2011
Trends in local authority arts spending

Arts Development UK (which used to be known as NALGAO) has just published the findings of its latest annual survey of local authority arts services. The report, based on responses from 104 authorities, makes for gloomy reading.

09 June 2011
Fund to encourage digital innovation in the arts

Arts Council England, NESTA and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have jointly announced a new £500,000 fund to stimulate digital innovation in arts and cultural organisations.

The Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture will be seeking applications in six thematic areas: user-generated content and social media; distribution; mobile, location and games; data; resources and education and learning. It is hoped that insights from the successful projects will be shared across the sector. More details can be found here

08 June 2011
BOP Consulting opens office in Scotland

BOP Consulting is holding two events this week to mark the official opening of its Edinburgh office. The first takes place tonight (8th) at the Tron theatre in Glasgow at 6pm, the second is tomorrow (Thursday 9th) at the Fruitmarket gallery in Edinburgh, also at 6pm.

07 June 2011
Government's approach to local TV undergoes major shift

Creating a network of local TV stations has been something of a priority for Jeremy Hunt since he became Culture Secretary in 2010. Last week, though, saw a significant change of emphasis in the scheme following a period of consultation. Rather than build a 'top down' national network, the approach has shifted towards 'bottom up' individual licensed stations.

06 June 2011
Mapping Britain's cultural quarters

Oli Mould of Salford University has mapped some of the many cultural quarters to be found in British towns and cities (BOP has contributed to the project). The map is still a work-in-progress, but it already shows something of the range and variety of such quarters. It can be found here

03 June 2011
Knowledge exchange between arts academics and external organisations

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) produced a study last month of knowledge exchange between arts and humanities academics and the public, private and third sectors. The report - Hidden Connections – found that there was a wide range of interactions and impacts, but these did not take the form of technology transfer through patents, licensing and spin-outs.

02 June 2011
Do museums truly engage with communities?

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (a BOP client) has published a study – Whose Cake Is It Anyway? – investigating whether museums and galleries genuinely engage with communities as part of their outreach work. The project, led by Dr Bernadette Lynch, used participatory theatre techniques to work with twelve museums and galleries which have strong reputations for community engagement, including the Museum of London, the Ryedale Folk Museum, the Museum of East Anglian Life and Manchester Museum.

01 June 2011
Toolbox developed for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Local economic development in England is (at least in part) the responsibility of the new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). The government has now developed a 'toolbox' to help LEPs achieve their priorities. The digital and creative industries are recognised in the toolbox as one of the economic sectors LEPs might want to focus on.