Cultural Playing Field

ACEVO Arts, Culture and Heritage Special Interest Group meeting by Robin Simpson
November 27, 2009, 7:01 am
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On Monday I was in London to attend the ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage Special Interest Group meeting. Following the group’s meeting with the then Culture Minister, Barbara Follett, earlier this year, on Monday we were joined by Mick Elliott, Director of Culture at DCMS, which gave us an opportunity to follow-up in more detail some of the issues that had been raised with the Minister. Mick was keen to stress that he wanted to focus on how the department can work together with third sector arts and heritage organisations rather than why – the reasons for which were well established. He spoke about the continued importance DCMS place on working with the third sector and cited the DCMS Third Sector Forum and the work DCMS is undertaking with Arts Council England and Voluntary Arts to follow-through the recommendations of the ‘Our Creative Talent’ research into the voluntary and amateur arts in England. We spoke about threats to public support for the third sector from the rapidly changing commissioning culture in local government and the changes to regional structures following the closure of the Regional Cultural Consortia. We also discussed the need to establish a more robust evidence base to show the effect and value of third sector cultural activities. Mick felt there is a deficit across society that arts and culture are not thought of in the first instance when it comes to addressing agendas through other Government departments.

Robin Simpson.

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