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Culture and cultural development are now internationally recognised as important dimensions of contemporary governance and public policy. The production of accurate and relevant data has become central to cultural policy and how the cultural lives of citizens are understood. Making Culture Count brings together diverse perspectives from scholars, policy-makers and creative practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural measurement and its political implications.
In 2012, Government approved the inclusion of a review of the Arts Council over the period 2009 to 2012 as part of its approved programme of value for money and policy reviews (VFMPR). The review commenced in September 2013 and was overseen by a Steering Committee with representatives from the Department, the Arts Council, the Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Justice and Equality.
From the 24 September, organisations and individuals working in the Visual Arts in Scotland are being invited to feed into a comprehensive review of their sector. Artists, curators, producers, academics, galleries, arts organisations and others are being strongly encouraged to contribute their views to the Visual Arts sector review that is currently being undertaken by Creative Scotland.
Ministers report generally positive, but calls for more transparency in decision-making.
This important position will lead the development and implementation of a consolidated research and evaluation strategy that informs the Australia Council and the arts sector in the continuous development of excellence in advocacy, innovation and artistic vibrancy.
A new research has revealed the reason behind why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act. The University of Oxford research involving 78,000 people found that it was not wealth or social status that were strongly linked to the people taking part in arts activities as amateurs or professionals. Instead, it was the level of education that lay behind arts participation, the study by researcher Aaron Reeves found.