Cultural Playing Field

Creative People and Places – Arts Council England North East briefing session by Robin Simpson
February 17, 2012, 2:01 pm
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On Friday I took part in Arts Council England’s North East regional briefing session in Newcastle for Creative People and Places. Phil Cave described Creative People and Places as “the boldest, most ambitious thing” ACE has done to increase engagement in the arts. He said ACE was keen to look at radically different approaches – to allow the rest of the country to learn from the activity that will take place in the 15 chosen areas over the coming years. Phil reminded us that ACE’s 10-year strategic framework, ‘Achieving Great Art for Everyone’ talks about “supporting the public to help shape local arts provision”. Referring to those parts of the country that currently have very low levels of engagement with the arts, he said “we can’t fund our way out of this challenge: we have to find creative ways of making a difference” such as working with the amateur and commercial sectors. Phil told a large audience of arts organisations from the North East region “you’re going to have to work with the amateur sector”. ACE North East Director, Alison Clark-Jenkins, said that most of the North East is in the bottom 20% (those areas of least engagement eligible for Creative People and Places funding) and she felt “this gives us a mandate to be really bold and do something really different.

Robin Simpson.

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