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30 May 2022

Developing Nuneaton and Bedworth’s new Cultural Strategy

We've secured another bid to help develop a borough-wide Cultural Strategy.

Another boost for our consultancy team as we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been appointed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) to consult on and develop a Cultural Strategy for the area.

Our work with Nuneaton and Bedworth will build on our previous experience of working in areas – large and small – to develop cultural strategies founded on extensive creative consultation with the local arts and heritage sectors, independent and freelance practitioners, community agencies, audiences and businesses, such as our recent work in Halton and previously in places such as Stevenage, Luton, York and with Fenland District Council.

Providing a strategy for the next five years in Nuneaton and Bedworth will enable a shared vision for the future of culture within the borough. The Cultural Strategy will recognise the importance of current activity in creating social and economic benefits, the needs of local audiences and identify future opportunities for growth.

With the challenges and restrictions of the pandemic still being noticeable, the Borough Council aims to raise awareness for the importance of cultural activity, as Councillor Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services for the Council explains: “The feedback received as part of the Towns Fund bid has illustrated just how much the cultural aspects of local life are valued and the wish by residents to see these enhanced. Adopting a Cultural Strategy is particularly important as the effects of Covid are still being felt. Moving forward the value of cultural activity will be part of the strategy to safeguard existing resources and identify routes to further investment.”

Our Arts and Heritage Consultant Jo Dacombe is looking forward to collaborating with partners to develop the vision for Nuneaton and Bedworth by bringing her extensive expertise into the process and addressing these challenges too: “It will be especially vital to demonstrate the positive impact that a Cultural Strategy can have in a post-pandemic world, especially bringing creative communities together and enlivening town centres.”

We’re excited to work with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to develop a Cultural Strategy that will highlight the borough’s cultural future and explore practical ways to bring people together through cultural activities and strengthen the local cultural ecology.

A group of people gather around a map of the world in a creative consultation

Image: Drew Forsyth Photography