Westminster Media Forum

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

Morning, Tuesday, 30th October 2018

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


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

Delegates will discuss priorities for Arts Council England’s next ten year strategy for 2020-30 - with their first formal consultation recently launched to inform its development.

It also follows the launch of the Cultural Development Fund - a commitment from the Creative Industries Sector Deal - providing 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 assess priorities for expanding the socio-economic contribution of culture, in the context of the ongoing Cultural Cities Enquiry, as well as the recently released Civil Society Strategy - which includes plans to support local arts and culture. They will 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

Keynote Speaker

Claire McColgan

Director, Culture Liverpool


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


Professor Ross Parry

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital), School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Jonty Claypole

Director of Arts, BBC

Councillor Janet Emsley

Cabinet Member, Neighbourhoods, Community & Culture, Rochdale Borough Council

Mark Davy

Founder, Futurecity

Moira Sinclair

Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

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

Engagement Manager, Clore Social Leadership Programme and Chair, What Next? Newcastle Gateshead

Luke Purser

Development Director, English Heritage

Jeremy Newton

Vice Principal and Director, Advancement, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Culture, Arts & Media Fellow, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Chris Michaels

Director, Communications, National Gallery