Cultural Commissioning Programme

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Working with the arts and cultural sector, commissioners and policy makers to strengthen commissioning of arts and culture, and deliver better outcomes for people and communities.

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English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s project. Photographer: Belinda Lawley(c) Joe Magee, commissioned by Create GloucestershireCentre for Chinese Contemporary Art – mask-making workshop with Lydia Meiying. Photographer: Lydia Meiying.In-residence artist Jeni McConnell and In-Situ artists Kerry Morrison exploring use of recycled library books

From July 2016 to December 2017, the Cultural Commissioning Programme will work with policy makers and stakeholders to embed support for cultural commissioning. We will also support existing models of practice on the ground to strengthen them and help secure recognition of opportunities that replicating these models can offer.

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NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit has information for arts and cultural organisations wanting to engage in public service commissioning, and public service commissioners wanting to engage organisations.

Our reports

Film on cultural commissioning

The Art of Commissioning, 2016

This documents learning from our two commissioning partner pilots, Kent County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, on using arts and cultural organisations to deliver outcomes for health, wellbeing and communities. It makes recommendations for improving commissioning and procurement processes to enable better engagement by the arts and cultural sector, and includes case studies and resources.

Opportunities for Alignment, 2014

This research report provides an overview of challenges and opportunities in relation to strengthening the use of arts and cultural organisations to deliver public service outcomes.

Cultural Commissioning Programme Evaluation Report, 2016 (PDF, 1MB)

This considers in-depth information from a sample of cultural organisations, commissioners, policy makers and influencers involved with Phase 1 of the Programme.

Resources and case studies

Visit our resources on cultural commissioning for helping arts and cultural organisations, and public services commissioners to work together. These resources include case studies, sources of evidence of impact, toolkits and policy drivers.

Partner organisations

Phase 2 of the Cultural Commissioning Programme (July 2016–Dec 2017) is delivered by NCVO, and builds on Phase 1 (July 2013–June 2016) which was delivered by NCVO in partnership with NEF and NPC. It is funded by Arts Council England.

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