Download Project Report
Cultural Cities Enquiry
Enriching UK cities through smart investment in culture.
The purpose of this report is to consider how we can radically increase the ability of our cities to use culture to drive inclusive growth.
The Cultural Cities Enquiry (CCE) strongly advocates for diversity in the cultural sector. For culture to release the potential of all people in our cities, the cultural workforce should better reflect the diversity of our communities, and cities could be more strategic about nurturing talent for creative industries.
Greater coordination at city level can drive coordinated development programmes for creative talent. “We have,” as Marcus Davey of the Roundhouse told the Enquiry, “a great opportunity to release a huge reservoir of potential and ideas through being strategic about including all people in our work forces.”
Diversity fuels creativity. However, in England, in comparison with the whole working age population, people from a BAME background and disabled people are under-represented across the arts and culture workforce, with women underrepresented in certain leadership roles.
The Enquiry makes recommendations for improving upon this:
Cultural organisations should set self-determined targets for diversity of their leadership teams and boards, within the context of local demographics and their artistic mission. They should publish these ambitions as well as annual progress towards them
City Compacts should prioritise diversity within the cultural sector and the relevance of cultural offerings to diverse audiences within their business plans. They should monitor progress, providing support and challenge to cultural organisations
Arts councils and other funders can support this by collecting and disseminating relevant data on diversity, sharing best practice. They should also make funding for core funded organisations conditional on commitment and progress towards greater diversity
Compacts should prioritise the development of creative talent pathways within business plans. They should support the development of city-wide creative skills strategies, bringing together the cultural sector, education and business partners. Creative talent development agencies could include an Apprenticeship Training Association to run cultural and creative apprenticeship programmes across the city
Governments can support this process by enabling more flexible use of Apprenticeship Levies, and structuring apprenticeships for the creative industries.
BOP was a member of the CCE’s working group as well as acting as key research partner.
Unlocking all our creativity
Cultural Cites Enquiry signposts new ways forward for cultural talent
Mar 7, 2019
A global research and consulting practice for culture and the creative economy
Nov 4, 2021
How are major cities around the world responding to climate change through cultural policies and programmes?
The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability
Apr 22, 2021
5 Priorities for World Cities in the post-covid recovery period
Culture and the Climate Emergency
Dec 4, 2020
Culture can play an important role in recovery and renewal across the UK, if the right local decision-making is put in place
Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?
Sep 23, 2020
This focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery
Central London’s celebrated cultural offer is in peril
Aug 21, 2020
Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund
COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3
Jul 30, 2020
The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal
COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2
Jul 20, 2020
Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal
COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place
Jul 7, 2020
Investing in recovery, planning for transformation
COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1
Jun 30, 2020
Recovery and renewal will depend on how we address the three dimensions of the crisis
COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries
Jun 3, 2020
In the face of radical uncertainty leaders and policy-makers will have to take planning and collaboration to whole a new level
‘Plans are useless, planning is essential’
May 13, 2020
Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis
Relief, Recovery and Renewal: navigating our way to a new kind of future
By BOP Consulting
Jonathan is an economist with over a decade’s experience in impact assessment and evaluation, and high-level policy experience, particularly within the cultural and creative sectors.
Planning a new project?
If you are interested to learn more about our work or if you have a project you would like to discuss, get in touch.