San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A two-hour open space event to discuss Re-balancing our Cultural Capital.
This month we’ve heard a lot about the way arts funding is distributed in England – and in particular the disproportionate allocation of arts funds to London in relation to the rest of the country. The report Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, by David Powell, Christopher Gordon and Peter Stark, has been widely covered by the national media – including the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, PM and the Andrew Marr Show. And the Arts Council’s response to the report has been similarly covered and debated.
What Next? Yorkshire and Mind the Gap have invited David Powell to Yorkshire to discuss the report with arts organisations and cultural leaders. What Next? is a forum for informed debate and the sharing of ideas about the value of culture. What Next? and Mind the Gap think the report needs serious consideration and innovative responses. It’s not simply a 'them and us', London versus the regions debate we want to have; we’d like to have a discussion, with one of the authors, that helps us consider the statistics not merely as some sort of self-evident argument, as an end in themselves, but a catalyst for a broader and deeper discussion about how policy is developed and implemented, and reflected in public funding.
As David Powell says, "The capital and the rest of the country depend on each other’s health for their future prosperity. As we think about arts and cultural policies for new times, we should reflect that regional and local consideration was built into Jennie Lee’s White Paper in 1965. This should be an easy policy target 50 years on, and cannot be allowed to remain as unresolved as it ever was to the disadvantage of the whole of England and, long-term, to London."
So in this free event, David will present the report, and then we’ll have some discussion that will hopefully contribute to the national debate. Please join us!
Where: Mind the Gap studios
Bradford BD9 4SA
When? Tuesday 3 December, 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
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Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap is England's largest learning disability theatre company that creates work for UK and International audiences.