Whether you want to know more about our programme and commissions or case studies and toolkits from our venues, we’ve got something for you.


Top Tips

Guides for artists and venues from our artists and member organisations

Artists guide for approaching Big Imaginations programmers – Sarah Punshon, Artistic Director, The Dukes


Case Studies

Developing Family audiences – Z-arts

Sponge – Developing work for early years through consultation with children and families in the North West and Leicestershire

Improving access for family festivals – Wild Rumpus

Developing hard to reach families, Christmas Outreach – Z-arts


Published Articles

Below are published articles from our associates and member organisations –

Babies – our future audience! – Saskia Metcalf, Creative Development Manager at Z-arts, published in CultureBabies, November 3 2015

Using digital storytelling to build new audiences for theatre – Liz O’Neill, Artistic Director of Z-arts, published in AMA Culture Hive, 2016

Buying into an experience – Rowan Hoban, Director of Wild Rumpus, published in Arts Professional, 21 April 2016

Real modern families on stage – Liz O’Neill, Artistic Director of Z-arts, published in Arts Professional, 2 March 2015

Allowed to play up – Liz O’Neill, Artistic Director of Z-arts, published in Arts Professional, 30 March 2016

A family affair – Catherine Bradley, Regional Director North – The Audience Agency, published in Arts Professional, 19 March 2012

A Commitment to young audiences – Nina Hajiyianni, Artistic Director of Action Transport Theatre, published in Arts Professional, 22 September 2016

Fun for every family: Inclusive practices at Z-arts – Ramsey Janini, Finance & Administration Officer – Z-arts, published in Arts Professional, 26 April 2018


Evaluation Reports

The Adventures of Pom – Ruthie Boycott-Garnett (Big Imaginations Early Years Outreach Commission 1, 2015)

Sponge –  Turned On Its Head (Big Imaginations Early Years Commission 2, 2016)


Audience Development

Audience Development – basic steps (2018 – 2022)

Audience Development – steps to success (2018 – 2022)


Big Imaginations Open Meetings

What Makes a Great Festival For Families? (Wednesday 22 March 2017 13.30 – 15.30)

Pay What You Decide – In Conversation with Annabel Turpin and Porl Cooper  (Wednesday 7th September 2016)


Big Imaginations Symposium Friday 16 March 2018

Igniting Big Imaginations – Evaluation Presentation

Five key points that came out of the audience development group discussions.

Igniting Big Imaginations: Working Together to Grow Children’s Theatre – Toolkit


Venue Blog Posts

Just So Festival – A reflection on the past nine years – Sarah Bird, Wild Rumpus



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