Cultural Commissioning Locality Projects

The project

Landmarks by Laura Ford commissioned by Willis Newson, photographer: Jim Wileman

From April 2015 to March 2016 we worked with five Locality Projects, providing a programme of support to strengthen relationships between arts and cultural organisations, and public service commissioners. These are:

  • Birmingham Royal Ballet and partners
  • Derby City Council and partners
  • Manchester Cultural Offer programme, led by Manchester City Council’s children and families directorate
  • Torbay Community Development Trust and partners
  • York Cultural Commissioning Locality Project Partnership, led by York Museums Trust.

In each locality, conversations are developing between a consortium of arts and cultural organisations and local commissioners. Here is a sample of work in progress:

  • Birmingham’s cultural organisations are looking at how their work supports outcomes for public health and adult social care – through helping people to live healthy lifestyles, reducing health inequalities and improving quality of life.
  • Derby’s cultural organisations are discussing with the city council and South Derbyshire CCG their impact on primary prevention (preventing illness before it occurs), secondary prevention (reducing effect of illness that has occurred), wellbeing and community building. Read more about the project.
  • York’s cultural organisations are in conversation with local CCGs on the six ways to wellbeing.
  • In Manchester, cultural organisations are talking about their role in the health and wellbeing of older people, including feeding into ambitions for the UK’s first age-friendly hospital trust.
  • Torbay’s arts and culture network is focusing on the life course, and building links with local authority and health sectors to share understanding of its impact on early years, young people, adults and older people.
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