The arts and culture play an important part in fostering the social, economic and cultural capital of an area. They are an important vehicle for ‘place making’ and many councils have invested in the sector over the years. But in the face of unprecedented budget cuts and increased demand on other services, councils are under increasing pressure to reduce their funding for discretionary services such as arts and cultural activities.
This report considers how councils have supported a resilient and flourishing arts and cultural scene in their localities and how they can continue to do so in this challenging environment. It features case studies from across the country, setting out how councils are supporting new models for supporting arts and culture in their areas. The launch will feature a discussion of the report’s themes and conclusions featuring a range of stakeholders including Dr Claire Mansfield, the author of the report.