In spring 2017 Arts Council England awarded funding to Culture Forum North for three pieces of work.  The aim was to gain a better understanding of partnership activity across the Forum’s focal themes of Cultural & Creative Careers, Public Engagement & Place-making, and Research.

  1. Cultural & Creative Careers: understanding how cultural and HE organisations are working together to help build a stronger, more skilled and more diverse cultural workforce, across the many roles making up a cultural organisation, that retains talent in the North; that represents the audiences we seek to attract; that influences the stakeholders whose support we want; that is better for business.
  2. Public engagement & place-making: Understanding how the potential and collective perspectives and expertise of the small-scale sector across multiple artforms be supported through HE partnership, as a vital and characteristic part of the northern arts ecology?
  3. Research: Understanding how we can generate and share the evidence of the ways in which partnerships, as a vehicle for applying, translating and mediating arts and humanities research, are transforming the arts and cultural sectors.

Each commission gathered data through desk research to identify existing, relevant material, and through discussion with a representative sample of Forum partners and sector practitioners.

The results of the audits will be shared at the Forum event in Hull on 22 June and published on the Forum website in early July.