UK Cultural Cities Enquiry to examine potential future for culture - Museums Association

UK Cultural Cities Enquiry to examine potential future for culture

Call for evidence to be submitted by 30 May
Patrick Steel
Arts Council England (ACE) and Core Cities UK have launched an enquiry to investigate the potential future for culture in UK cities.

The Cultural Cities Enquiry aims to consider the current channels and instruments of investment into culture to determine how these can be used to greatest effect. It will look at alternative models of channelling resources into culture, examining how international examples could be applied in a UK context.

It will focus on four areas: tax and public finance; property and development; sponsorship and giving; and commercialisation.

The cities it will explore are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The enquiry is led by a board comprising cultural leaders from across the UK and aims to produce a report in the autumn providing practical recommendations for local and national policy-makers, influencers, funders and deliverers to aid city development planning.

The enquiry will hold a series of invitation-only roundtable events in six UK cities, as well as carrying out expert interviews in the UK and internationally, a literature review, and an open call for evidence.

Huw Thomas, the leader of Cardiff Council and a member of the Core Cities UK board, said: “The enquiry will bring together cities, UK arts councils, and leaders from a range of sectors to consider how we can ensure our cities remain world-leaders for culture and creativity.”

Sharon Heal, the director of the Museums Association (MA), which will be submitting evidence to the enquiry, said: “Culture is at the heart of all great cities and museums are central to this.

“We know through our Museums Change Lives campaign that museums can help create better places for us all to live, work and visit, which is why we need to argue for public as well as private investment.

“Museums are a fundamental part of the civic realm and we should encourage local authorities to invest in them so they can tell the local stories of how cities came into being and also host discussion and debate about what a sustainable future for our cities might look like.

“It would be great to explore new and innovative funding streams but they will not replace the need for public investment. The MA will continue to make the case that our museum and cultural organisations are worth investing in.”

The call for evidence is open until 30 May 2018.

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Cultural Cities Enquiry

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