Review of the Cultural Compacts Initiative. Final report


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Kuhn R, Moretto M, Owens P

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
Arts Council England, BOP Consulting

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

A review of the Compacts programme undertaken on behalf of Arts Council England (ACE). In 2019, ACE and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) supported the creation of 20 Cultural Compacts, which were expected to develop the local cultural sector and boost its engagement with health agencies, business, universities and other sectors.

The central conclusion of the UK Cultural Cities Enquiry (2019) was that, in the face of unprecedented socio-economic and environmental challenges and a rapidly changing funding landscape, cities need a new kind of leadership for culture: based not just on collaboration within the sector itself, or on the traditional support of local authorities, but on a wider coalition of support across different local sectors and interests. Hence one of its main recommendations: the establishment of ‘Cultural Compacts’.

In 2019 Arts Council England (ACE) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) supported the creation of 20 Cultural Compacts. All Compacts were expected to develop the local cultural sector and boost its engagement with health agencies, business, universities and other sectors.

This review of the Compacts programme was undertaken by BOP Consulting on behalf of Arts Council England. Research methods were mainly qualitative and combined interviews, roundtables, and document review. Eighteen months into the programme – and eight months into the Covid-19 crisis – this review reports on progress so far and draws out lessons for the future.

The report concludes that, despite the delays and challenges caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the 20 Cultural Compacts have made a strong start. At this early stage, the funding, the process and the support package as a whole have clearly helped to raise the profile of culture in recipient areas and to build a wider local coalition of support, and to position culture to attract more, and more varied, support and funding. Although all Compacts are engaging a wider range of partners and developing ambitious programmes, there is still much progress to be made with the twin challenges of diversity and cross-sector engagement. Compacts are unlikely to fulfil their transformative potential without addressing these challenges. However, for now, the areas which have been awarded Compact status look well positioned to realise the core aims of the programme.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Moretto, M., Owens, P., Kuhn, R. (2020). Review of the Cultural Compacts Initiative. Final report. London: BOP Consulting.