Cultural Playing Field

Amateur Arts Partnership Development Programme meeting by Robin Simpson
October 28, 2010, 9:49 am
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On Tuesday Mary and I were at Arts Council England in London for the final meeting of the Amateur Arts Partnership Development Programme steering group. This group, which brings together Voluntary Arts, ACE, DCMS and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was established by ACE Chief Executive Alan Davey in 2008 to respond to the conclusions and recommendations of the ‘Our Creative Talent’ research. We developed an ongoing action plan for this work and have been pursuing ten broad actions over the past two years, making considerable progress in many areas. One of the most tangible outcomes of the steering group’s work has been the development of Amateur Arts Forum meetings to bring together representatives of national voluntary arts umbrella bodies with ACE senior staff on a regular basis. On Tuesday we agreed that we have now established specific ways of taking forward all ten actions resulting from ‘Our Creative Talent’ and that it would be more productive to pursue these separately rather than continuing these overview meetings. This is a reflection of how the voluntary and amateur arts has become integrated into the work of Arts Council England: the steering group’s work has had significant influence on ACE’s new 10-year strategy ‘Achieving Great Art for Everyone’ which is going to be launched next week and several of our key actions will now be taken forward as part of that strategy. Voluntary Arts will continue to work with ACE, DCMS and DBIS both separately and collectively and we have agreed that the Amateur Arts Forum meetings with ACE will continue. The end of the Amateur Arts Partnership Development Programme reminds us how far we have come since 2008 and we are very grateful to everyone who has played a part in this process.

Robin Simpson.


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