Primary research is a highly useful tool to inform future planning for organisations. Published research can often provide critique and development for the sector. A trained researcher, I’ve been fortunate to be commissioned to undertake two types of research:
1. Primary visual arts research, published and made freely available for the benefit of the sector.
2. Unpublished empirical research designed to understand demand for services, and test market new income generation ideas for arts organisations. Because these are commercially sensitive no examples are given here.
- Destination Biennale: An Examination of the Interface between Biennials of Art and Public Policy. Summary of Master of Philosophy research and thesis.
- Associate Programmes for Artists. A summary of research for a-n The Artists Information Company published in 2014. What are artists’ associate programmes and what do they offer within the broad landscape of artists’ professional development? What should artists consider before applying? Based on extensive research into sixty arts organisations across England, Scotland and Wales, this is a resource guide for artists.
- Realising the Value: How practice-based organisations will fare after ACE cuts. Published in January 2012, this paper revisits the organisations in the original Ladders for Development report six months on. It restates the value of small infrastructure organisations to a healthy arts ecology.
- A Fair Share? Direct Funding to Artists published in October 2011. Commissioned by a-n The Artists Information Company, it quantifies the amount of funding given directly to artists from the four UK arts councils. It also identifies the visual arts priorities of each Arts Council. Widely cited, this report gained significant attention in the sector.
- Ladders for Development is a research report commissioned by a-n The Artists Information Company, published in June 2011. It details the activity of 15 practice-based visual arts development organisations; discusses the likely impact of funding cuts on them, and suggests three ways in which these cuts could be mitigated.
It was featured on The Guardian’s Culture Cuts blog here.
I directed and edited the Creative Workspace Study for Brighton & Hove City Council, a document that informs the city’s creative workspace policies.Press cuttings: The Argus and Arts Industry magazine.