England's Performing Arts Showcase

England's Performing Arts Showcase

A new Initiative commissioned by Arts Council England and led by a consortium of Partners.  sam-culture is working with Samina Zahir, Hybrid Consulting, on the evaluation of the showcase which will connect artists based across England with bespoke international touring opportunities and internationalise a new generation of artists and cultural leaders.  Our brief is to monitor and evaluate the audience, artist and delegate experience in the critial pilot year, 2021.

Lankelly Chase:  Stakeholder Insight Research

Lankelly Chase: Stakeholder Insight Research

sam-culture, Mel Larsen and Julie Aldridge are undertaking Stakeholder Insight Research for Lankelly Chase.  This independent Foundation aims to change the systems that perpetuate disadvantage by sponsoring projects, interventions and campaigns.  Our research tests perceptions of Lankelly Chase and the impacts of their interventions with their stakeholders. Recommendations from this research will inform external communications, internal processes and better reflect the needs of the communities Lankelly Chase work in and are a part of.

Clore Leadership Programme:  Creation of Evaluation Framework

Clore Leadership Programme: Creation of Evaluation Framework

The Clore Fellowship has been life-changing in many ways. It has changed my pace, addressed my frustrations and given me both confidence and a sense of value. My leadership is now focused, determined and strategic.

Clore Leadership has an outstanding reputation for its insight-led, effective leadership development that enables cultural leaders to have a positive impact on our sector and society.

Clore has commissioned Pam Jarvis, Julie Aldridge and Mel Larsen to review existing practice in evaluation, trial and test evaluation tools and processes and make them work to meet the organisation’s needs.  Outcomes from this important evaluation will inform a new framework to evidence and articulate the impact of Clore’s work in a consistent and holistic way.

National Youth Theatre:  organisational development

National Youth Theatre: organisational development

Evaluation of the Proactive Grants Programme Dramatic Arts II Initiative.

Clothworkers’ Foundation has confirmed support for National Youth Theatre for a further three years.  This grant will  support the organisational development of NYT to deliver on its intention to innovate young people’s participation in the performing arts.

NYT believe now is a vital time to help a broad cohort of young people gain the skills and experience needed to work in the performing arts and to support their creative, physical and mental wellbeing allowing their voices to be heard. sam-culture will provide support and evaluation services throughout the project.

Heritage Centre Stage

Heritage Centre Stage

Reawakening the Royal Pavilion Estate

The Vision:  Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, the Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton & Hove City Council are working together on a major refurbishment, including essential conservation work, at the nationally important Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.  sam-culture is evaluating the Activity Plan and Audience Engagement work associated with this refurbishment. 

Latest news:   Good progress is being made with the near-completion of the major capital works to conserve the Corn Exchange; restore heritage features and create new facilities.  Faced with the personal social and economic disruption resulting from Covid, the Dome team has made progress with determination and focus on maintaining the sustainability of this important organisation and progressing the restoration of the building in which it is housed.

Despite a promising start at the beginning of 2020 it is proved difficult for the team to deliver aspects of the activity plan and also of the volunteering programme.    Public engagement activities are currently on hold.                          

With Anna Cullum

Changing Chalk:  The Impact of Covid-19 on visitors to the Sussex Downs

Changing Chalk: The Impact of Covid-19 on visitors to the Sussex Downs

The National Trust, South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) and partners commissioned research to explore how Covid-19 has changed peoples’ relationship with the Sussex Downs. What changes in attitudes and behaviours have resulted from the pandemic and do these bring new opportunities for people to enjoy the Downland that the project could support that impact on equality of access, accessibility and levels of engagement with the Sussex Downs? 

This research feeds into the National Lottery Heritage Fund Changing Chalk project to develop activities that will help people to spend more time on the Sussex Downs and enjoy their experience.