Policy Forum for London

Next steps for arts and culture in London: funding, participation and infrastructure

Morning, Monday, 3rd June 2019

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


This timely seminar will consider next steps for implementing the key commitments included as part of the Mayor’s Culture Strategy for London.

Sessions will discuss the way forward for improving the range and numbers of those participating in London’s arts and culture sector, with Arts Council England’s most recent annual report showing a decline in visitor numbers to its National Portfolio Organisations, particularly in London.

Delegates will also share latest thinking on what further work is needed to support the development of cultural spaces and facilities.

We expect discussion on the potential role for new planning frameworks in growing the availability of artist workspaces, as well as what support may be needed for performance spaces such as theatres and music venues - including delivering the Agent of Change principle as part of planning policy.

Further sessions consider next steps for improving access to finance for creative and cultural businesses and individual creative professionals in the capital, including examining the progress made so far on developing Creative Enterprise Zones.

We also expect discussion on key priorities for developing a skilled workforce for the sector in the longer term - looking at developing education and career pathways in arts and creative subjects and increasing employment opportunities in London’s creative industries.

Taking place as Waltham Forest delivers a programme of cultural events as the London Borough of Culture for 2019, we also expect delegates to consider ways in which cultural offerings can be made more inclusive and open to audiences and participants from a diverse range of backgrounds, and to examine strategies for ensuring that there is the widest possible exposure to potential benefits to broader health and wellbeing from increased engagement with arts and culture.

Keynote Speakers

Joyce Wilson

Area Director, London, Arts Council England

Councillor Clare Coghill

Leader, Waltham Forest Council

Nigel Hinds

Executive Producer, 14-18 NOW

Keynote Speakers

Edward Venning

Director of Communication and External Affairs, University of the Arts London

Nigel Hinds

Executive Producer, 14-18 NOW

Joyce Wilson

Area Director, London, Arts Council England

Councillor Clare Coghill

Leader, Waltham Forest Council

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Managing Director, Barbican Centre


Florence Eshalomi AM

Rt Hon the Baroness Prashar


Andrew Cribb

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, 3Space

Jenni Regan

Director, London Arts in Health Forum

Sonita Alleyne

Chair, Regeneration and Communities Committee, London Legacy Development Corporation

Stuart Worden

Principal, The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, London

Jamie Huard

Partner, Real Estate, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Paul W. Fleming

Industrial Organiser, Theatre - Live Performance Department, Equity

Madani Younis

Creative Director, Southbank Centre

Tiger de Souza

Director, Volunteering, Participation and Inclusion, National Trust

Emma Gladstone

Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Dance Umbrella

Lucy Noble

Artistic and Commercial Director, Royal Albert Hall and Chair, UK National Arenas Association