Cultural Playing Field

Creative People and Places – Arts Council England Yorkshire briefing sessions by Robin Simpson
February 23, 2012, 3:42 pm
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I was in Dewsbury on Monday for two Creative People and Places briefing sessions at Arts Council England Yorkshire. The Director of ACE Yorkshire, Cluny Macpherson, introduced each session and outlined the ambitions of the Creative People and Places programme. Pete Massey, who is leading the programme in Yorkshire, then went through the details of how consortia can apply for funding to increase arts engagement in one of the nine areas of least engagement that are within Yorkshire and Humberside. He emphasised the need for a radical and creative approach, saying “we want to change the culture of culture in a place”. Pete pointed out the correlation between areas of least engagement in the arts and indicators of deprivation. Over half the target areas are in the three Northern regions of England: Pete suggested you could almost drive the entire length of the M62 without leaving a place of least engagement. I then gave a short presentation about the role that amateur arts groups could play in Creative People and Places consortia.

Robin Simpson.

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