Benchmarking come rain or shine

What a week! Two umbrellas down, soggy trousers and don’t get me started on this weather’s potential to wreak havoc with everybody’s hair. Alas we must soldier on and here at MyCake home of the Culture Benchmark we are announcing the dates for a series of free half day workshops that will boost your benchmarking Read the full article…

New currencies and free exchange: Art Barter & virtual VEN

Money makes the world go round but not in every case it seems, especially in the creative industries. During these tough times new ideas for currencies are popping up such as virtual global ones and systems of free exchange. Art Barter was launched by London-based curators Lauren Jones and Alix Janta in November 2009. Art Read the full article…

Today we launch the Charity Benchmark

Today we launch the registration process for our free Charity Benchmark tool with an article by Sarah over on the Guardian Culture Professionals Network website:   Benchmarking: how to put the arts sector’s data to work for you You may want to take a look at our previous post on What will the Charity Benchmark Read the full article…

What will the Charity Benchmark offer to the arts?

On the 28th February 2012 we will be launching the Charity Benchmark. It will be free to use via an open data share alike license. See here for the full press release. Meanwhile we thought we’d give you a taster of two things. Firstly the total turnover of the organisations the Charity Benchmark will hold Read the full article…

What influences national wellbeing?

The UK government is looking at what matters, at what will improve our lives and make life worthwhile. They want to know what influences national wellbeing. In the article by Arts Professional, No mention of cultural activity in proposed measures of wellbeing, a possibility that cultural activity could be excluded from future statistical measures of Read the full article…

Measuring the Economic Footprint: guidance to be drafted on the best methodologies to use in the culutre sector

Arts Council England are looking at developing accessible and practical guidance on the best research methodologies for arts and culture organisations to use when measuring the economic footprint of the arts, museums and libraries sector. The Arts Council wants to increase understanding about research methods around the economic benefits of the arts. This is to Read the full article…

Eastside Projects – Talks Online!

Public Evaluation Event – From 27 to 29 October, Eastside Projects in Birmingham, UK held a three day symposium to analyse and evaluate three years of an artist run space as public gallery. The gallery invited a variety of guest speakers along to provoke discussion, requested responses to the gallery from associate scheme members and Read the full article…

Culture omitted from national planning policy

The Theatre’s Trust has developed this paper to support responses by cultural organisations (and anyone who cares about culture) to the Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This consultation closes on the 17 October 2011 (details here) and the CLG Select Committee’s Call for Evidence on the NPPF . The call closes on Friday Read the full article…