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Shaping the next ten years


Arts Council England has launched a public conversation about our next ten-year strategy.

Our current 10 year strategy Great Art and Culture for Everyone ends in 2020, and in autumn 2019 we will publish our new strategy which will set out our mission, vision and objectives for the Arts Council for the period 2020-30. We are now calling on the public, the arts and culture sector and our other stakeholders to help us shape it. We want to hear from everyone – including those individuals who don’t participate in the art & culture that the Arts Council currently invests in – about what they think the arts and culture scene in England should look like in 2030, and what the Arts Council’s role could be in making that happen.

At the heart of the conversation, which will be led by BritainThinks on behalf of the Arts Council, will be an online platform where anyone can take part in discussions about our strategy. We plan to build an online community so people can share their views.

The conversation will run for 12 weeks, and we will encourage people to contribute to debates on a range of discussion topics. We’ll be asking crucial questions about the role arts and culture can play in local communities and in our lives, for example:

  • How is the world changing and how should the Arts Council’s priorities reflect this?
  • What can we do to strengthen the social impact of our work?
  • How can publicly funded arts and culture become more open, accessible and diverse?
  • How can we respond to the challenges and opportunities of new technology?
  • What will we do to ensure that we develop the next generation of audiences and practitioners?
  • How can we prepare for continuing uncertainty in public funding?
  • What impact will leaving the EU have? What skills and resources do we need to best support the sector?

In addition to the online platform, BritainThinks will be running a range of workshops in different communities across the country and undertaking a public survey.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: “This is a very exciting time for all of us, an opportunity for us to contribute to a visionary piece of work that will influence the direction of the arts, museums and libraries in England for many years to come. It’s your future – please do have your say in it.”

Find out more about this conversation and the timeline for shaping our strategy here.

Use the #AnACEfuture on twitter to keep updated.

Notes to editors

The strategy timeline:

  • Phase 1: The conversation
    In January 2018, parallel to an evidence review and the publication of a future scoping report that we have commissioned from NESTA, we will launch a public conversation. This will allow us to gather a range of perspectives that will inform the next stages of the strategy development.
  • Phase 2: The findings
    We will be sharing the findings from the Conversation later this year.
  • Phase 3: Drafting the strategy
    Across the summer of 2018 a draft of the strategic framework will be prepared based on the findings so far.
  • Phase 4: The consultation
    A full sector consultation on the draft framework will take place in the autumn 2018.
  • Phase 5: The publication
    Finally, taking feedback from the consultation, the full strategy and framework will be published in 2019, to take effect from 2020.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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