Reports, Reviews, Journalism, etc.

Governance Models of Cultural Districts (2018)

Written with Anna Marazuela Kim and commissioned by the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), this report draws on primary research and a literature review to capture good practices, and identifies which stakeholders should be “at the table” for informed and effective decision making and oversight. The research has also revealed the range of business models that underpin these governing entities, reviewing how cultural districts are generating revenue and expending it.

The Art of Soft Power (2017)

Written in collaboration with Dr Melissa Nisbett, this report examines how diplomats at the United Nations Office at Geneva see the use of the arts and culture in the furtherance of their diplomatic objectives. We were given the opportunity to interview both diplomats and secretariat and observe cultural events and spaces at the UN. The Enquiry was supported by the United Nations Library Geneva and colleagues at King’s College London.

Decolonizing Canadian Dance (2017)

In collaboration with Dr Melissa Wong I conducted a research project to help the Canadian Dance Assembly with ‘Re-imagining Service Organizations: Decolonizing Canadian Dance‘. Our involvement with the larger project was to provide robust data on the dance sector in Canada, and survey those working in the sector to discover their attitudes and expectations for dance service organisations in 2017 and beyond. After presenting at a retreat in Toronto we finished a full report on our work.

The civic role of arts organisations (2016)

Written with Dr Viktoria Vona, this is an extensive literature review to lay the foundation for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Inquiry into the civic role of arts organisations. Both the executive summary and the full report are available from the Gulbenkian. Their Inquiry seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the civic role that arts organisations play nationally and in their communities.

Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Orchestra Field (2016)

Commissioned by the League of American Orchestras, this report is full of research and analysis of data on gender and ethnic/racial diversity in orchestras among musicians, conductors, staff, executives, and board members in the United States. The study forms part of of the League’s longstanding commitment to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion among orchestras in the U.S.

Step by step: arts policy and young people 1944–2014 (2015)

This Cultural Enquiry for King’s College London mapped policies and plans that have been developed and implemented over the last 70 years, analysing their impact and shedding light on successes and failures. The fully illustrated report looks at the various ways in which successive governments have sought to provide children and young people with access to the arts since 1944. By illuminating lived experience and archive material, King’s hopes that lessons from the past will suggest possible ways forward.

Cultural Trends

Review of “The Roots of Culture, the Power of Art. The First Sixty Years of the Canada Council for the Arts” by Monica Gattinger. (2018) LINK
Review ofLandscape and branding: the promotion and production of place” by Nicole Porter. (2018) LINK
Review of “Curated decay. Heritage beyond saving” by Caitlin DeSilvey. (2017) LINK
Review essay: the Arts Council at 70. (2016) LINK
Review of “The science of evidence-based policy making.” by Paul Cairney. (2016) LINK
Review of “An encyclopedia of myself & Museum without walls” by Jonathan Meades. (2016) LINK
An Ode To “Two cultures: the use and non-use of hypotheses in cultural policy research, by Andrew Pinnock” as part of the special virtual issue marking the 25th anniversary of Cultural Trends. (2016) LINK
Four observations on The Arts (2015) by Jeremy Corbyn. (2016) LINK
Review of “This England: how Arts Council England uses its investment to shape a national cultural ecology” by Arts Council England. (2014) LINK

The Stage

How can the 52% get what they want without damaging the arts? (2018) LINK
The Arts Council wants to know what you think, but will it listen? (2018) LINK
Love Theatre Day is one of many ways of attracting new audiences. (2017) LINK
Arts’ top tier remains dominated by the privileged few. (2017) LINK
Six stories the latest NPO round tells us. (2017) LINK
Government reviews are unsatisfactory and contradictory. (2017) LINK
Is Arts Council’s plan to measure quality £2.7m well spent? (2017) LINK
Are ticket giveaways for teens the best use of arts funding? (2016) LINK
Brexit is just the start of the war on culture. (2016) LINK
Has Arts Council England abandoned its dreams? (2016) LINK
Culture White Paper – arts policy hasn’t evolved in 50 years. (2016) LINK
Culling data geeks is a short-sighted policy. (2015) LINK

Arts Professional

A move towards self-determination. (2016) LINK
Awareness versus engagement. [with Georgina Chapman] (2016) LINK
Looking at Londoners. (2016) LINK
Out of Obscurity: Reflections on a year of CultureCase. (2015) LINK
The Partnerships Puff: How I researched the history of partnership in the arts. (2015) LINK

My work has also featured in Artsy, CVAN, and other outlets. For a fuller bibliography see this page.