A vision for North East culture

17 July 2014

The development of a 15 year vision for culture in the North East begins today when the North East Culture Partnership sets out its plans to stakeholders.

The aim will now be to develop a ‘case for culture’ by Easter 2015 centred on how to get more people in the region to engage with culture, demonstrate its economic benefits and consider how culture can contribute to health and wellbeing as well as build routes to employment.

It will be guided by a steering group including representatives from NECP’s board and key agencies including Arts Council England. 

The process will begin by consulting with sub-regional culture partnerships to gather ideas, strategic plans and ensure a clear link through the 15 year vision. There will also be wide ranging dialogue with local authorities, business, universities, festival organisers and funders. Key areas of focus will be engagement, capital needs and jobs.

Cllr David Budd, Co-chair, NECP, said: “There have been influential plans for culture over the last 20 years, and in considering the case for culture with our working group there was a sense that we were only half way along the journey, although there are strong foundations to build on. For instance there is huge growth potential within the creative industry sector, which already homes significant businesses across Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland.”

John Mowbray, Co-chair, NECP, said: “The distinctiveness of the North East is now partly characterised by the quality of many cultural assets, both natural and built. In the debate about rebalancing cultural investment from London to the north of the UK there is still a job to be done, which is why it is one of the areas we hope our vision will address. We want to deliver a bold, simple idea that all sorts of people, organisations and artists can get behind.”

For further information contact:

Culture Partnership Manager: Matthew Jarratt on 07807 409990 or matthew.jarratt@northeastcouncils.gov.uk