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Why not an Euro 2012 for Arts?

The Male Menopause?
Women aren’t the only ones with a hormone cycle. Men have a hormone cycle, too—but, there are big differences.  For instance, instead of having a month-long hormone cycle like women, men go through an entire hormone cycle every 24 hours. At the beginning of the day, a man’s testosterone is at its highest and it […] Read more – ‘The Male Menopause?’.
Hormones & Sleep
Today is World Sleep Day (17th March 2017) which gives a link to some of the work that we have been developing on the impact of hormones on women’s health, as hormones have a significant impact on sleep patterns. Our body’s hormones are like chemical messages in the bloodstream which cause a change in a particular cell […] Read more – ‘Hormones & Sleep’.
Report on 2nd #hormonehour
#hormonehour Thursday 21st April 2016 This was our second #hormonehour hosted jointly with Bridget Hargreave.  Our first tweet chat had taken the form of a Q&A with Dr Michael Craig, director of the National Female Hormone Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital.  With our second tweet chat we wanted to try for a general discussion about female hormones and […] Read more – ‘Report on 2nd #hormonehour’.
Taking part in #hormonehour
Bridget Hargreave and Kettle Partnership are hosting our 2nd #hormonehour chat this evening (Thursday 21st April, 8pm) and we thought it might be useful to write down how you can join in. In order to take part in the tweet chat, follow either @kettlepartners or @bhargreave on twitter.  You can also follow the conversations by searching […] Read more – ‘Taking part in #hormonehour’.
Our report on #Hormonehour
Report – #Hormonehour On Friday 11th March, we hosted a tweet hour in partnership with the Maudsley Communications department, Bridget Hargreave author of ‘Fine (not Fine)’ and Dr Michael Craig, who runs the National Female Hormone Clinic at the Maudsley. We gave the hour the hashtag, #hormonehour, it represented the first public facing activity of […] Read more – ‘Our report on #Hormonehour’.
Female Hormone Project #hormonehour
This Friday at noon we will be hosting a tweet hour to talk about Female Hormones – #hormonehour. We are doing this in partnership with the National Female Hormone Clinic and the Maudsley. This is a first step into a larger project that we are developing with partners – provisionally titled ‘Female Hormone Project’   […] Read more – ‘Female Hormone Project #hormonehour’.
Anna & Ellen Pigeon #GreatWomenofBrixton
Victorian Mountaineering and women Victorian era with increased opportunities for travel saw an upsurge of interest in mountaineering. Almost all the climbers were men and when the Alpine Club was founded in 1857, its membership was exclusively male. Women were not admitted to the club until 1975. For Victorians the idea of a woman wearing […] Read more – ‘Anna & Ellen Pigeon #GreatWomenofBrixton’.
Hannah Barlow #GreatWomanofBrixton
Hannah Bolton Barlow: Potter   Hannah Barlow was Doulton Pottery’s first female artist and its most famous Grew up the 7th of 9 children, in a comfortable childhood in the Essex countryside. When her father suddenly died, the family income ceased and the children had no training for any kind of work. Limited range of […] Read more – ‘Hannah Barlow #GreatWomanofBrixton’.
Annie McCall #GreatWomanofBrixton
Dr Annie McCall (1859 – 1949) Annie McCall was one of the first women to qualify as a doctor and was a significant contributor to the modern practice of midwifery. Dr McCall was from the beginning deeply concerned about the high death rate of mothers during childbirth and shortly after qualifying in 1885 she started a […] Read more – ‘Annie McCall #GreatWomanofBrixton’.
Olive Morris #GreatWomanofBrixton
Olive Morris (1952 – 1979) was a Lambeth based community leader and activist in the feminist, Black Nationalist and squatters’ rights campaigns of the 1970s in the United Kingdom. Morris was born in Jamaica in 1952 and moved to London, England, with her family at an early age. She died in 1979 at the age of 27 from a non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In her short […] Read more – ‘Olive Morris #GreatWomanofBrixton’.
#Great Women of Brixton
  Great Women of Brixton: Women who have changed our lives and shaped our community Working with our Brixtonlive partners – Photofusion Uk and 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, we are celebrating ‘Great Women of Brixton’ as part of their International Women’s Day Celebrations 2016. We are asking people to come to the HustleBucks shop in […] Read more – ‘#Great Women of Brixton’.
Windows into Protest
Kettle Partnership developed this project in partnership with Ihor Poshyvalio from Ivan Honchar Museum and Grizine an online magazine based in Istanbul.  Kettle raised funding for all 3 partners from the Tandem Network grant programme.  The project creates online windows into the 3 different countries, where protest in many different forms, is taking place – […] Read more – ‘Windows into Protest’.
Antiquated Evaluation does Libraries a disservice
We were at the protests in Windrush Square, Brixton on the 7th November – against the proposed cuts to Lambeth Libraries.  As a result of the march and the council scrutiny committee meeting this week – there is going to be a reconsideration of the proposals.  This doesn’t mean that the Library service is safe, but […] Read more – ‘Antiquated Evaluation does Libraries a disservice’.
SWConnects – Community Development Project
I recently raised funding and delivered a partnership project for Westminster City Council. SW Connects was a partnership of Westminster City Council Services (Libraries, Arts & Culture, Libraries, Health and Sports), local voluntary organisations, businesses and Wellington Barracks. The program ran for 10 months from December 2014 to September 2015 The focus for the project […] Read more – ‘SWConnects – Community Development Project’.
The Whole Picture of Participation: How to turn initial engagement into long term participation, using Dance as a medium for change
I worked to help independance organise a seminar as part of the studio re-launch funded by SITA trust.   The idea was to create an opportunity for an informal discussion on developing strategies for participation and to present independence’s achievements in engaging young women in dance and supporting their interest through qualifications and employment opportunities.   […] Read more – ‘The Whole Picture of Participation: How to turn initial engagement into long term participation, using Dance as a medium for change’.
Partnership working to organise a seminar at Anadolu University
As one of the Network representatives for the Tandem Network – I worked alongside Ebru Gokdag from Anadolu University and Olena Kotys from Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European University to organize a seminar for members of the Tandem Network, students from the Anadolu Univeristy and current Tandem organisations. The seminar was entitled ‘Accessing EU Funds’ and […] Read more – ‘Partnership working to organise a seminar at Anadolu University’.
Women in the Arts
On March 17th 2015 we organised a panel discussion on Women in the Arts.  This event was connected to our ongoing commitment to mark International Women’s Day, during the month of March, in Brixton each year. This year Photofusion hosted the event and as the co-ordinating organisation of Brixton Live we invited each of the […] Read more – ‘Women in the Arts’.
Brixton Blog reviews our LGBT History Month event at Brixton Library
How was it for you?  Our Brixton Live event for LGBT History Month went really well – here is a review from Brixton Blog “Coming Out Stories” was Brixton Live’s first foray into the issues facing LGBT women, held at Brixton Library on Wednesday 25th February. Borne out of an event held to mark International […] Read more – ‘Brixton Blog reviews our LGBT History Month event at Brixton Library’.
Visit to The Haven from the Women of Sveti Nikole
The Women of Sveti Nikole were successful in getting through to the final stage of the Civil Society Peer Exchange organised by Euclid Network (UK), the Center for Institutional Development (CIRa) Macedonia) with the support of the British Embassy in Skopje Jasmina and Aleksandra from the organisation ‘The Women of Sveti Nikole’ arrived in London […] Read more – ‘Visit to The Haven from the Women of Sveti Nikole’.
How was it for you?
On the 25th February at Brixton Library we are organising an event as part of LGBT History Month. The idea for the event started last March.  As part of our ongoing project – Brixton Live – we had co-ordinated a programme of events for International Women’s Day during March 2014.  One event, was a workshop […] Read more – ‘How was it for you?’.
Macedonia: Sveti Nikole
I recently went to Macedonia to take part in a peer exchange programme for British and Macedonian civil society organisations.  The programme is managed by Euclid Network from the UK and the Institutional Development (CIRa) based in Macedonia with the support of the British Embassy in Skopje. I was paired with the Sveti Nikole women’s organisation […] Read more – ‘Macedonia: Sveti Nikole’.
The high street is dead. Long live the high street.
As the 21st century has progressed, an assumption has gradually taken root that the traditional high street is doomed. Economic and social forces beyond the control of any single government or council are widely assumed to pushing 20th century concepts of retail towards obsolescence, undermining the basis of every urban centre in the UK. A […] Read more – ‘The high street is dead. Long live the high street.’.
Why International Women’s Day is relevant
Kettle Partnership has just launched the exciting Brixton Live project, a collective of local cultural organisations working together to make culture more accessible to both Brixton residents and visitors. The partnership, set up and run by Kettle, includes Photofusion; Ovalhouse; b3 media; Raw Material; Independance; 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning and three Lambeth Council services […] Read more – ‘Why International Women’s Day is relevant’.
Brixton Live: a key project in 2013
Kettle Partnership has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England to deliver Brixton Live, a website and mobile application that focuses on developing new and existing audiences for a range of cultural organisations based in Brixton. This project is a pilot demonstration of concept that will be delivered in partnership with six local cultural […] Read more – ‘Brixton Live: a key project in 2013’.
Building support for the arts
Do people support government funding for the arts simply because they see culture as a good thing in theory?  Does it actually matter whether they get involved? An intriguing paper by Tally Katz-Gerro, from the University of Haifa, published in the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events (March 2012) aims to understand […] Read more – ‘Building support for the arts’.
Response to the proposed EU Creative Europe Programme
The EU’s Tandem pilot programme has funded some of Kettle’s work in the Ukraine, and our friends in the Tandem programme have recently written a (draft) comment on the Creative Europe Programme, a significant document for future EU cultural policy. The Creative Europe Programme is a new EU programme for the creative and cultural sectors. […] Read more – ‘Response to the proposed EU Creative Europe Programme’.
George, don’t do that
  Arts funding is back in the headlines, as the Government is hit by the backlash from its Budget decision to restrict tax relief on donations to charity.  Although the changes are almost certain to be enacted, they have united a front of opposition across politics, finance and the arts.  MPs from all parties in […] Read more – ‘George, don’t do that’.
Why not an Euro 2012 for Arts?
As part of Kettle’s participation in the Tandem programme, I was again in the Ukraine in March, travelling to Liviv, Kyiv and Opishnya.  It was clear that preparations were underway for Euro 2012.  Some of these preparations I was very grateful for – there are now some metro signs in the Latin script (rather than […] Read more – ‘Why not an Euro 2012 for Arts?’.
Why do we love our libraries?
Continuing public sector cuts are having a massive impact on library services in England, with many services being forced to close libraries and cut staff and resources.   The one positive aspect of this depressing picture is the growing, visible public support for libraries both at a local and national level, which has brought attention and […] Read more – ‘Why do we love our libraries?’.
Panto: audience interaction and attendance
Although people may see it as a poor, slightly bawdy, member of the performing arts family pantomime sees sell-out shows year-on-year at venues where what are perceived to be more high-brow performances struggle to get posteriors on seats. Bawdy it may be, but it has quite a pedigree (traceable back to theatre in Ancient Greece) […] Read more – ‘Panto: audience interaction and attendance’.
Home to Home : Ukraine – London
Kettle Partnership is working on an exciting new project with partners in the Ukraine.  Home to Home is an oral history project, linking objects to memories to explore the story of Ukrainians in Britain. Working with the Ivan Honchar Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine’s National Folklore Centre Home to Home is funded by a new European […] Read more – ‘Home to Home : Ukraine – London’.
ACE needs to prove audiences still matter
The cuts announced to DCMS budgets and staff in 2010 are really starting to take effect now, and as they do so their impact on cultural projects, organisations and sectors become increasingly clear.  The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has taken more of a hit than most, being wound up as a stand-alone organisation, and […] Read more – ‘ACE needs to prove audiences still matter’.
Marketing segmentation and elective exclusions in the digital age
New digital and social marketing technologies use market segmentation to target adverts towards a particular audience.  With their 2008 Arts: audiences Insight work Arts Council England created an extremely useful segmentation resource, which has been incredibly valuable to many cultural organisations.  But without attention to detail this type of approach can also be counterproductive, with […] Read more – ‘Marketing segmentation and elective exclusions in the digital age’.
Equality, freedom of expression, cultural diversity: UNESCO’s indicators for culture
Currently in the UK there is an invigorated move towards evidencing the benefit of culture, such as Audiences UK’s initiative to develop a benchmarking tool for arts organisations.  If we look beyond the cultural sector’s focus on evidence and benchmarking, other sectors are also looking for data that supports cultural benefit.   The development community has […] Read more – ‘Equality, freedom of expression, cultural diversity: UNESCO’s indicators for culture’.
A catalyst, but for what?
A great deal of water has flowed under the bridge, not least for Jeremy Hunt, since last December’s pre-announcement of a new Arts Council scheme to encourage more philanthropy in the arts.  While other aspects of the Culture Secretary brief dominated the news, the Catalyst Arts Fund was launched by ACE at the end of […] Read more – ‘A catalyst, but for what?’.
Why should organisations network?
For individuals, the value of a strong network of professional contacts is well known. Organisations are increasingly realising the benefit of constructing and maintaining their own networks. However why should organisations spend limited time and resources on activities which do not have an immediate and easily measurable benefit? There are potential benefits of networking. Networking […] Read more – ‘Why should organisations network?’.
Audience development is at the heart of successful fundraising
Michael Kaiser, ex-Royal Opera House CEO and now president of the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, was brought over to the UK earlier this month by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give a series of free seminars for arts organisations across the country. The Stage, recently featured Kaiser’s visit […] Read more – ‘Audience development is at the heart of successful fundraising’.
The Age of the Philanthropist?
In tough economic times, funding for the arts is always particularly vulnerable. This recession, with its unprecedented public spending cuts, has been no exception.  Local authorities around the country have cut funding, often to smaller cultural organisations which have the least room for manoeuvre.  Writing for the RSA Journal, Diane Ragsdale, researcher and ex-director of […] Read more – ‘The Age of the Philanthropist?’.
Ukraine – Kiev, May 2011
I took part in a study visit to the Ukraine, this was part of Kettle Partnership’s involvement in the Tandem programme funded by ECF and MitOst.  The overall aim of the Tandem programme is to generate cultural and creative links between East and West Europe with particular emphasis on those nations that are in the […] Read more – ‘Ukraine – Kiev, May 2011’.
Data visualisation in the cultural sector
As a research consultancy we spend a lot of our time thinking about the way cultural organisations use data and information. The topic of data visualisation is an increasingly important one. Presenting information clearly and effectively can have great advantages for increasing public engagement and accountability. This is a broad debate, but it is certainly […] Read more – ‘Data visualisation in the cultural sector’.