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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

Developing schools audiences – The Edge (coming soon)

Improving access for family festivals – Wild Rumpus (coming soon)Developing hard to reach audiences: Looked After Children – Z-arts (coming soon)

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

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)


Notes from 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)