Cultural Playing Field

Reflecting on ‘Our Creative Talent’ by Robin Simpson
April 15, 2011, 10:33 am
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On Tuesday afternoon I met Fiona Dodd, the author of the 2008 DCMS/Arts Council England research report ‘Our Creative Talent: the voluntary and amateur arts in England’. Fiona, a consultant with the firm TBR, based in Newcastle, was keen to hear what effect ‘Our Creative Talent’ had had with DCMS and ACE since its launch at our conference at The Barbican in July 2008. I updated her on the progress of the Amateur Arts Partnership Development Programme – a steering group involving Voluntary Arts, DCMS and ACE which met regularly from 2008-10 to follow-up the recommendations and conclusions of ‘Our Creative Talent’. I talked about the tangible achievements of this programme such as the regular Amateur Arts Forum meetings at which senior ACE staff now meet representatives of voluntary arts umbrella bodies several times a year. I also explained how the Amateur Arts Partnership Development Programme had led to the references to the amateur arts sector in ACE’s 10-year strategy ‘Achieving Great Art for Everyone’, published in 2010, which included the commitment : “we will champion the value of the commercial, amateur and voluntary arts sectors in encouraging people to take part in the arts”. This commitment, in turn, has now led to ACE deciding that the funding agreements for its new National Portfolio Organisations will include a requirement relating to each organisation’s relationship with the amateur arts sector. Looking back to 2008, it is clear that ‘Our Creative Talent’ marked a turning point in Arts Council England’s commitment to working with the amateur arts sector. It was good to be reminded of what we have achieved on the back of ‘Our Creative Talent’.

Robin Simpson.

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