Westminster Media Forum

Arts and culture in England: funding, participation and priorities for Arts Council England’s new strategy

Morning, Tuesday, 30th October 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will consider the future for arts and culture in England, with a focus on funding, participation and technology.

It is timed to consider key themes emerging from Arts Council England’s recently published report on their strategy for the next ten years - with a further formal consultation due to follow in the Autumn.

The seminar also takes place following the launch of the Cultural Development Fund - a commitment from the Creative Industries Sector Deal - and will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss the future for public cultural investment and consider what further action might be taken to increase sector resilience - including diversifying revenue streams and business models, attracting private investment, and exploiting IP and assets.

Attendees will also assess priorities for expanding the socio-economic contribution of culture, drawing on responses to the Cultural Cities Enquiry, and consider how challenges for widening participation might be addressed - focusing on regional imbalances, collaboration with other sectors, the development of local partnerships, and issues around relevance and engagement.

Further sessions will explore how the sector is adapting to, and utilising, new technologies, and consider next steps for driving innovation - looking at the development of next generation audiences and practitioners, challenges for fostering a culture of experimentation and collaboration, and opportunities for monetisation.

Guests of Honour

Richard Russell

Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England

Kate McGavin

Deputy Director, Arts, Libraries and Digital Culture, DCMS

Guests of Honour

Kate McGavin

Deputy Director, Arts, Libraries and Digital Culture, DCMS

Richard Russell

Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England


Lord Crathorne KCVO

Member, Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art

Lord Lea of Crondall

Vice President, All-Party Parliamentary Arts and Heritage Group


Dr Ross Parry

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Digital and Associate Professor, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Jonty Claypole

Director of Arts, BBC

Celia Richardson

Director of Public Engagement, Historic England

Mark Davey

Founder, Futurecity

Francesca Sanderson

Director, Arts Investments and Programmes, Nesta

Professor Jonothan Neelands

Academic Director for Cultural Partnerships and Professor of Creative Education, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick and Trustee, Coventry City of Culture 2021

Patricia Stead

Executive Producer, Dance City and Chair, What Next? Newcastle & Gateshead

Chris Michaels

Director, Communications, National Gallery