Posted Mar 21 2023
Event round-up: Levelling up? The impact on arts and culture


Thank you for joining us on our latest event in our National Development Series to discuss all things Levelling Up!

A huge thank you to our panellists, Dr Abi Gilmore (Senior Lecturer, Arts Management & Cultural Policy, University of Manchester), Kate Brindley (Arts, Culture and Heritage Project Director, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority), and Lucy Thomson-Smith(Cultural Economy Development Manager, Cheshire East Council) for sharing their insight and leading such an engaging discussion surrounding current and anticipated ‘Levelling Up’ regional efforts in arts and culture.

The conversation explored whether Levelling Up is valid prospect in an inherently competitive sector, how the initiative can be a truly authentic and sustainable intervention, and what changes we might see in local and national social ecologies as a consequence of Levelling Up.

The panelists all agreed that achieving an equitable landscape across the country is no easy feat, and one that won’t begin and end with this period of Levelling Up.

Missed the event?

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Resources mentioned

Cultural Placemaking, a  network support for Cultural Development Fund bidders and others:

A guide to Levelling Up, including short video,  University of Manchester:

Cold spots, crap towns and cultural deserts: The role of place and geography in cultural participation and creative place-making, Cultural Trends:

Raising our quality of life, CLASS:

When policy meets place: ‘Levelling Up’ and the culture and creative industries, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre:

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