Cultural Playing Field


AHRC Cultural Value Project Advisory Group meeting by Robin Simpson
December 6, 2013, 10:12 am
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On Wednesday I was in London to take part in a meeting of the AHRC Cultural Value Project Advisory Group. The Cultural Value Project, led by Professor Geoffrey Crossick, aims to make a major contribution to how we think about the value of arts and culture to individuals and to society. The objective of the Project is to develop a framework within which the different components of cultural value will be identified, and to establish for each of the components methodologies and appropriate types of evidence for evaluating their contribution. The second funding call for academic research projects to explore various aspects of cultural value has just closed and the Cultural Value Project Team are in the process of assessing applications. As this was my first meeting as a new member of the Advisory Group I was given the opportunity to talk to the group about the voluntary arts sector and the importance of considering cultural value in relation to the experiences of amateur arts participants. The other new member of the group, Martin Smith from Ingenious Media, also gave a presentation about cultural value in the context of the commercial entertainment industry. This broad approach to the cultural ecology – including the voluntary and amateur arts and commercial entertainment as well as the subsidised professional arts sector – is central to the Cultural Value Project’s approach. Also in Wednesday’s meeting Hasan Bakhshi, Director of Creative Economy in Policy & Research at NESTA, discussed his recent blog post on ‘Five principles for measuring the value of culture’, which you can read at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/five-principles-measuring-value-culture-0

Robin Simpson.

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