Cultural Playing Field

Creative People and Places – Arts Council England London briefing session in Newham by Robin Simpson
February 24, 2012, 5:01 pm
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I was at Stratford Circus in the London Borough of Newham on Friday afternoon for an Arts Council England London briefing session on Creative People and Places. Shira Hess, who is leading on Creative People and Places for ACE London, stressed that ‘engagement’ in the context of this programme means the full spectrum of being inspired by culture in its widest sense. She talked about the importance of legacy and sustainability – what will be left at the end of 3 years – and said that successful bids will need to consider this from the outset. London has been allocated less than £1.8M of the £37M Creative people and Places fund: there are only 3 eligible London boroughs falling with the 20% lowest areas of arts engagement (Newham, Hounslow and Barking & Dagenham). Shira emphasised that the key to sustainability will be having the people in the relevant communities sitting at the heart of the Creative People and Places activities. My presentation on the potential that amateur groups offer to Creative People and Places was well received and lots of people came to talk to me, in the networking session that followed the presentations, about working with amateur groups.

Robin Simpson.

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