Westminster Media Forum

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Next steps for arts and culture in England - widening participation, fostering innovation and collaboration, and implementing Arts Council England’s new ten-year strategy

Morning, Thursday, 4th June 2020


This conference will examine the next steps for arts and culture in England.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to assess the recently-published Arts Council England strategy for the next decade - which will take effect from April.

Sessions will focus on the impact and implementation of the strategy’s key elements:

  • developing the creativity of individuals and communities across England,
  • encouraging collaboration and innovation in the creative and cultural sector, and
  • an investment strategy that targets ambition, the pursuit of quality, and the ability to successfully adapt to change, as well as diversity and environmental responsibility.

The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss how the strategy has have been received by stakeholders, and alternative proposals that have been put forward.

As the UK looks to reposition itself within Europe and the wider world, further sessions will look at the role of policy in maximising opportunities for England’s arts and culture internationally.


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Michelle Dickson, Director, Strategy, Arts Council England; and
  • Emma Squire, Director, Arts, Heritage and Tourism, DCMS.

Further confirmed speakers include: Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK; Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company; Suzie Leighton, Director, The Culture Capital Exchange; Freya Murray, Creative Lead, Google Arts and Culture Lab; Adam Joolia, Chief Executive Officer, AudioActive and Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture, and Leisure, Manchester City Council.

The agenda

  • Arts Council England’s ten-year strategy - key objectives and the way forward for implementation;
  • Developing creative and cultural communities throughout England - partnerships, participation and engagement, funding priorities, and options for alternative models of investment;
  • Looking ahead - collaboration, risk-taking and innovation, and sustainability:
    • Reducing costs and improving financial resilience - sharing knowledge and resources, developing innovative business models, and support for SMEs;
    • Creating new audience experiences;
    • Strengthening links between culture and technology - facilitating creative experimentation in the sector;
    • Priorities for enhancing the role of education in supporting England’s cultural sector; and
    • Improving environmental stewardship in the cultural sector.
  • Maximising opportunities for England’s arts and culture internationally.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Media Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of interested officials who have already reserved places representing: DCMS; BEIS and the Intellectual Property Office.

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Dickson

Director, Strategy, Arts Council England

Emma Squire

Director, Arts, Heritage and Tourism, DCMS


Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Theo Clarke MP


Adam Joolia

Chief Executive Officer, AudioActive

Lucy Crompton-Reid

Chief Executive, Wikimedia UK

Sarah Ellis

Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company

Fran Sanderson

Director, Arts Programmes and Investment, Nesta

Jonathan Reekie

Director, Somerset House Trust

Freya Murray

Creative Lead, Google Arts and Culture Lab

Suzie Leighton

Director, The Culture Capital Exchange

Councillor Luthfur Rahman

Executive Member for Skills, Culture, and Leisure, Manchester City Council