Living In Poetry (LIP) Festival Croydon - Arts Council England and Croydon Council
Living in Poetry (LIP) Festival, Croydon’s first Spoken Word and Poetry Festival wants people to feel inspired and excited about poetry and connected to their community. The Festival showcases and celebrates the many different forms of poetry and spoken word - structured to engage different types of audiences in different ways and to be relevant and in tune with the issues that face young people. Our evaluations for the 2018 and 2019 Festivals focused on the experience of audiences and artists and on organisational learning to inform production and planning for the partner organisations.
Unique Development Programme for Museum Managers
Future Proof Museums is a strategic and innovative change programme developed, developed by the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience and relevance of accredited museums across England. The programme makes use of state-of-the-art tools: Business Canvas Model; Manifesto and FIRO-B. CEOs of over 80 museums of different sizes and organisational structures have now participated in this popular scheme. Pam Jarvis evaluated the 2017 – 2018 Future Proof programmes for AMA/ACE
CultureHive AMA ACE
Arts Marketing Association created CultureHive as a multi-strand programme to maximise sharing knowledge and expertise in the cultural sector through a new online resource and CPD programmes aimed at increasing audience diversity; facilitating digital experimentation and Agile management for small scale organisations. Our formative evaluation of the CultureHive programme defines a typology of change resulting from the programme and the extent to which it is making effective use of collective intelligence and as a mechanism to drive change and stimulate new ideas and techniques. (with Catherine Bunting)
Revitalising a City Park
London Borough of Croydon commissioned the evaluation of the restoration of Wandle Park, bringing together the outcomes and achievements of the project in a report for HLF and to inform their current landscape planning. Our summative evaluation articulated the difference that the project made, the many and varied outcomes it achieved mapped against HLF outcomes and which project elements mattered most to park visitors and residents. The final report included recommendations and outlined elements of the project approach through identifying lessons learned that contribute to transferable models for use in the council’s parks masterplan. (with Anna Cullum)
Celebrating Street Art in Croydon
A festival of urban/street art is particularly pertinent for Croydon; the flat concrete walls and the town's brutalist architecture provide a blank canvas for the creativity of urban artists. Croydon BID, Croydon Council and RISEgallery commissioned an evaluation of this major festival of street art to assess impacts on the town, audiences, artists who made the works, stakeholders, and the business community. Through reinterpreting the concept of ‘a public art gallery’ Croydon now has streets that are full of art that is free, accessible and on view to many people. This report shows how audiences are responding to the works with enthusiasm and engagement.
Reawakening the Royal Pavilion Estate: Heritage Centre Stage HLF
Phase one of the Royal Pavilion Estate HLF project is the major refurbishment of the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. Since 2013, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Royal Pavilion & Museums and Brighton & Hove City Council have worked together on the project to protect and restore this rich heritage. The transformation of the Corn Exchange is restoring and revealing original heritage features of the Prince Regent's Riding Stables. Major improvements to the Studio Theatre will include balcony seating, a new artists' creation space, new bar facilities and a café opening onto New Road. Our evaluation defines the impacts of the Activity Plan and capital works. (With Anna Cullum)