The Arts Council’s current strategy, Great art and culture for everyone, runs from 2010 to 2020. ACE is now in the process of consultation to feed into its 10-year strategy from 2020 to 2030 and is keen to ensure that the strategy is evidence-based and reflects the concerns of stakeholders and the public. Participation is welcomed here. The consultation closes on 11 April 2018
ACE is asking a number of questions relevant to the arts and cultural sectors including:
- How to define arts and arts institutions?
- How do arts and culture benefit individuals, communities, and the nation?
- What are barriers to participation, how diverse is the sector and how can we increase its diversity?
- How do we think society will change over the next 10 years and how will these changes impact on arts and culture?
- To what extent should arts be supported by public and lottery funds and what should the priorities be for allocating funding?
- What do we mean by 'great' art and what does 'for everyone' mean? How important is quality and how do we measure it?
- What is/should be the role of ACE? Should it expand its remit?
We will be making a case, among other priorities, for the importance of experimentation and of a flexible approach to funding and evaluating high quality artworks and public engagement. We are also calling for a move beyond the 'deficit' model towards greater cultural democracy. Such an approach highlights the need to provide spaces which support experimental and emerging practice to re-imagine how excellence in art and arts institutions should be understood in contemporary Britain through a more inclusive and co-created approach.
We're also compiling evidence relating to the importance and societal impact of the arts to submit to the consultation by 21 March and welcome any additional evidence from our regions to support our priorities. We're also strongly encouraging CVAN's regional networks to participate directly. Please email us for more information.