Audience development. It’s an objective that is close to our hearts here at Thrive. This summer, we decided to delve deeper into it, meeting with people from various parts of Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural sector (festivals, producers, galleries, and venues) The aim? To get an insight into the unique challenges each group faces around building and maintaining audience relationships.Tags: Audience development, Research, Venue, Galleries, Festivals, Producers, ACNI Strategy
The Taking Part Survey researches engagement with museums and galleries in England between 2005 and 2016.
This in-depth qualitative study looks at arts audiences from 20 organisations across the UK, uncovering why people attend shows, events, and galleries - and what holds them back from engaging more.
The iBeholder pilot was developed to help us discover new ways to gather audience data for non-ticketed visual arts organisations and boost the audience experience. This report details everything that happened throughout the project and the insights we uncovered during the pilot.Tags: Visual Arts, IBeholder, Digital
Find out what NI visual arts audiences think about coming back, what they've been doing over lockdown and what they'll feel comfortable doing in the future.
This report from Culture24 explores after-hours events in museums and their role in the night-time economy.
This research explored UK audiences' behaviours during lockdown, their wants and needs post-Covid and marketing opportunities for arts & culture organisations moving forward.
Surveys, postcode mapping, focus groups, and visitor profiling.
We sent Fiona off to Culture Geek in the sweltering London heat. Here's some of what she brought back - the best examples of games to engage audiences in galleries and museums
When you're starting any kind of research - the first thing to do is to check what's already out there. Here are our top free online sources of audience information.
'Culture beyond Covid' is our new audience survey for visual arts organisations to find out their audiences' feelings on coming back, what they've been doing over lockdown and what they will feel comfortable doing in the future.
This Spring, Let’s go on an Art-venture and get back to our city centres!
Advice from MOMA on using digital to connect with visual arts audiences, and a spotlight on creating a digital plan for heritage organisations.
Nicholas Penny, former director of the National Gallery in London, questions the attention paid to visitor numbers in determining the success of cultural institutions.
The Arts Collaboration Network's statement following the NI Executive announcement made on future restrictions which will apply in Northern Ireland from 11th December.
An interview with Sarah Hughes, on how business partnership can be as an audience development tool.
Last month, we sat down with representatives from organisations across Belfast to discuss their thoughts on the impact of various art forms on audiences. Find out how the meeting went in our latest blog written by our Sector Programme Coordinator Eve Murtagh.Tags: Impact, Research, Survey, Northern Ireland, Attendance
A guest post from Robert Jones of brand consultancy firm Wolff Olins. Robert talks about how a clear purpose is becoming more and more essential for cultural organisations.
When it comes to collecting audience data, free, non-ticketed spaces always ask us the same question: how can we learn more about the people who come through our doors without a ticketing system?
In this blog post, our CEO Fiona explains her take on the differences, and how audience development is the only way to meaningful change.Tags: Audience development, Marketing
In this blog, our Sector Programme Coordinator Eve explores the different benefits of having a ticketing system.Tags: Tickets, Box office, CRM
Read our third guest blog from the Changed Future series, written by Paul Connolly.Tags: Guest blog
We're looking for organisations to take part in Culture Beyond Covid, our new free survey for organisations to get insight directly from their audiences and see what the bigger trends are across NI.
In this guest blog, Sarah McAvera from Golden Thread Gallery, shares her experience of attending "free" cultural events with her family, which often come with hidden prices. She explores whether this outcome is inevitable or if organisations can implement changes to provide more budget-friendly and accessible family programming.
Read our latest guest blog from the Changed Future series, written by Holly Foskett.Tags: Guest blog, Accessibility, Access
How can you know more about your audiences? We're listing free tools that you already have access to and tips on how to use them.
Find out what it's been like for Alix, our current Box Office Systems Specialist, to be in this role for the past 7 months and why you should consider applying.Tags: Job
We've asked Zoe Seaton at Big Telly Theatre Company what it's like to adapt live theatre online, how to price digital performances and tips for NI organisations.
New Era, New Audience: How can we make the arts appeal to the wider public during the pandemic and beyond? is our first guest blog of 2021, written by playwright Rosemary Jenkinson.
The Earagail Arts Festival asked their audience and wider public about their motivations and barriers to attend the festival. They uncovered data that helped them to evaluate their impact and refine their purpose.
A run-down of all the ways to find out about your current and potential audiences. These range from simple and no-cost solutions, to more sophisticated box office systems.
In this guest blog, Paul Kane from Belfast Over the Hill Music Collective shares his views on the way art and artists are perceived in our society and what he wants to change.
How can the NI arts and cultural scene adapt to social distancing measures after the lockdown? Our Chief Executive Margaret Henry tries to find out.
YouGov and Experian have been collecting data on the cost-of-living crisis and its impact on consumers. We wrote a blog about the implications for arts and culture audiences.Tags: Cost of living