Creative People and Places West Cumbria

As Learning Partner for this £1.8m Arts Council England-funded programme the role designed by John Scanlan (working with colleague Ursula Pool from UCLan's Healthy and Sustainable Settings Unit) develops an integral link between the various actors and components that will deliver the programme. Beyond this, it also involves sharing our learning of how the practical implementation of ACE’s 2020-2030 strategy (‘Let’s Create’), through the Creative People and Places programme, is changing the ways that the arts are funded now, with the CPP programme forming part of a national strategy through which ACE shifts its focus from artist-based investment to community-led investment and activities as a means of increasing participation in the arts.

‘Creative People and Places’ illustrates one approach to developing the cultural infrastructure and broader cultural ecology of places insofar as it is intended to stimulate self-sustaining engagement at the community level through arts participation and, ultimately, community ownership of a commissioning process that is funded by Arts Council England.

Researcher: John Scanlan
Location: West Cumbria
Year: 2022-2025
Partners: Creative People and Places West Cumbria Consortium (ACTion for Communities in Cumbria; Sellafield Ltd; Cumberland Council; Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven; Prism Arts, Carlisle; Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Florence Arts Centre, Egremont)
Funders: Westlakes Research Ltd

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