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Our newsletter features our favourite new articles on culture and the creative economy, as selected by the BOP team.


Connecting urban planning to culture and citizens

London’s new Cultural Infrastructure Plan has been published, including our mapping of London’s theatre sector. The plan’s details and rigour represents a shift in how cities plan for culture.


1. Global update: cultural policy

Do cultural plans lack teeth? (CityLab)

Culture brings a new civic spirit to world cities [Report] (WCCF)

A lurch between aggression and apathy: Arts and Culture under the Coalition (The Conversation)


2. Embracing our cultural heritage

The moral maze of museum management (The Economist)

Protect urban heritage to prevent inequality [Report] (BOP)

What makes museums great in the Netflix era? (Art Agency)


3. Industry insights: USA

Global art can kick-start local economies (The Art Newspaper)

The growing importance of the arts to rural America (Governing)

The arts contribute more to the US economy than agriculture (artnet)


4. Other recent highlights

The boom in pop-up galleries is only just getting started (Artsy)

Brexit more significant than skilled labour for the screen sector (Screen Skills)

As festivals boom in the Gulf, can skills shortages be addressed? [Report] (BOP)

Soft Power and subtlety take centre stage for this year’s Chinese Pavilion (artnet)


5. Best of The Blog

City Compacts for culture

Liverpool Biennial connects the local with the global

Creativity and regional development

Your BOP Newsletter - June

Urban planning for culture

Jun 5, 2019

Green Cities helping climate change through culture and sustainability

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

Paul Owens

Culture and the Climate Emergency

Apr 22, 2021

5 Priorities for World Cities in the post-covid recovery period

Culture and the Climate Emergency

Paul Owens

Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

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?

Callum Lee

Central London’s celebrated

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

Jonathan Todd

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

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

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

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

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

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

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Jul 7, 2020

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Paul Owens

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

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

Paul Owens

Take planning and collaboration to whole a new level.

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’

Paul Owens

Relief, Recovery and Renewal

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

Paul Owens

The Golden Thread in the 2020s

Dec 20, 2019

A cause for optimism

Weaving the Golden Thread into the 2020s

Paul Owens

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Paul Owens

Co-Founder and Director

Paul is a leading international advisor and practitioner in cultural policy and creative economy. He is Co-Founder of BOP, and alongside his fellow directors he has pioneered now well-established methods to measure the impact of cultural policy. 

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