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    Managing change across the cultural sector.

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  • Strategic Planning

    Inspiring arts and heritage organisations to plan creatively.

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  • Feasibility Studies

    Securing a sustainable future for cultural buildings and developing exciting new arts facilities in the UK and overseas.

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  • Organisational Reviews

    Supporting boards and senior managements through challenging periods of change and reorganisation.

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  • Marketing and Audience
    Development

    Developing new and enthusiastic audiences for arts and heritage organisations.

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  • Business Planning

    Finding dynamic and creative solutions to ensure that the arts flourish.

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Stephen Browning Associates is a leading management consultancy working in the cultural sector across the UK and overseas.

We work with arts and heritage organisations, trusts, local authorities and government agencies, and we advise theatres, concert halls, museums, galleries, dance companies and touring companies, helping them to innovate, change and flourish.

Current projects include planning the development of an exciting new international concert hall for London, and advising the British Film Institute on their training academy in Macau. In the last few years we have undertaken a major review of the University of Exeter’s Arts and Culture Strategy, supported the Silk Heritage Trust in Macclesfield, and undertaken a feasibility study for a new arts centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Stephen is currently Interim Chief Executive of the Contemporary Dance Trust at The Place in London.

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    What We Do

    Strategic Planning

    We have been commissioned to write major strategic reports for Arts Council England and VisitBritain, as well as for local authorities, universities and individual arts organisations. We focus on the organisation’s mission and we undertake extensive consultation with stakeholders so that we understand all the external...

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    What We Do

    Feasibility Studies

    We specialise in delivering comprehensive feasibility studies for new arts buildings, both in the UK and overseas. We understand the changing requirements of artists and audiences, and we ensure that our studies address the key issues around sustainability, funding and income generation. Recent feasibility studies include...

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    What We Do

    Organisational Reviews

    Stephen and his associates have all worked in key management positions across the cultural sector so we understand many of the issues facing boards and senior managers in arts companies. We also appreciate how hard it is for arts organisations to continue to deliver quality work on reduced financial resources and the...

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    What We Do

    Marketing and Audience Development

    Stephen was Director of Marketing for the Royal Shakespeare Company for ten years so he is passionate about the central role of marketing in arts organisations. Our work for arts companies includes the development of marketing strategies, marketing planning and audits, audience research, and staff training. We have been...

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    What We Do

    Business Planning

    We have been commissioned to develop business plans for several arts companies but in every case it has been essential that this plan is ‘owned’ by the organisation concerned, so we work very closely with the board, the senior management and with all key departments to ensure that the business plan is comprehensive...

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    Case Study

    The Lowry

    Strategic Planning We were asked to support The Lowry (2008/9) by providing a response to plans by the Royal Opera House to build a new international opera house in Manchester. These plans would have had a significant impact upon The Lowry's future artistic programme . Our recommendations, that...

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    Case Study

    Portsmouth Cultural Trust

    Strategic Planning For Portsmouth City Council (2010), we were commissioned to write a new Theatre Strategy for the city. This strategic review followed our comprehensive report in 2007 on the music and theatre performance venues in Portsmouth. Portsmouth City Council also asked us to advise...

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    Case Study

    The Globe Theatre

    Feasibility Studies Quartet has recently undertaken an appraisal of The Globe Theatre, Stockton on Tees (2013). This large scale presenting theatre has been left in a derelict state for nearly 20 years, and we have been working closely with the council and with a local property company to secure a commercial...

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    Case Study

    Swindon Dance

    Organisational Reviews Stephen and Quartet were commissioned to undertake an organisational and marketing review of Swindon Dance (2012/13). As a result of our work, Swindon Dance now has a comprehensive plan for the future. This commission included a review of the business model and the company's artistic...

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    Case Study

    Mary Rose Trust

    Marketing and Audience Development For The Mary Rose Trust (2008 - 2010) we were commissioned to write the Audience Development Plan for the successful £21m bid to the HLF for the new museum for the Mary Rose in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. We have recently undertaken further work for the...

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    Case Study

    Cyfarthfa Castle

    Business Planning Quartet has been working with Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council to find a new future for Cyfarthfa Castle, the former mansion of the Crawshay family, the ironmasters of Merthyr. It is home to Merthyr Museum & Art Gallery and Merthyr High School. Quartet was commissioned to devise...

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Quartet

Stephen is a founding director of Quartet, the cultural consultancy network. Drawing upon the skills of a group of specialist practices including architecture, property management, catering, social media, digital design and charity law, Quartet can provide a range of services for cultural organisations.

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Growing the arts.
Growing your business.

Quartet’s team of expert professionals deliver the key services that every cultural organisation needs to adapt to the current financial climate, and to flourish, long into the future.

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