Arts, Culture & Curation
Culture plays a fundamental role in the identity, sense of place and civic pride of local places. The creative industries also drive local economies, bring people into our towns and cities, and draw investment. However the cultural sector has suffered from years of underinvestment and has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. Authorities are supporting cultural organisations and the night time economy to bounce back, and protecting and rebuilding the cultural infrastructure needed to support the longer-term growth of local creative industries.
WHAT THEY DO
- Strengthening communities by supporting and developing grassroots-culture initiatives.
- Increasing public participation and democratic engagement through cultural programmes.
- Building partnerships between the authority, community-led organisations and world-leading cultural institutions.
- Producing cultural events and programmes to generate activity, footfall and a sense of civic pride in town centres.
- Supporting the recovery of the night time economy through licensing, safety and public realm measures.
- Creating strategies to support cultural infrastructure, including affordable creative workspace and venues.
- Safeguarding important cultural places and spaces through the planning system.
- Supporting the planning and delivery of formal cultural infrastructure such as museums.
- Integrating culture into major developments, infrastructure and public realm projects.
- Promoting arts and culture as the basis for placemaking, local identity and regeneration.
- Developing culture-led approaches to improve health and wellbeing.
- Encouraging more diversity of authorship and representation in art in the public realm.
- Developing skills and employment in the creative industries.