Crossing divides


This latest report by think tank British Future looks at the role the arts can play in bridging the divides that exist in British society.

It explores in depth the 14-18 NOW arts programme for the First World War centenary, which had broad reach and resonance across different social groups. The authors ask whether this kind of reach and engagement can only be achieved on major national anniversaries and what broader lessons the centenary programme offers to those involved in the arts.

Research for the report included discussions with artists and partner organisation in the four national capitals of the UK, with public consultations in Sunderland, Folkestone, Glasgow and Leicester, in addition to nationally-representative polling by ICM.

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