Refunding arts and cultural activities.
In the context of his work as one of the founders of GPS Culture and a contributing author to their reports on cultural policy in England (2013-16), Peter Stark has been approached to lead a workshop looking specifically at funding structures that could be developed for the future.
The background to and structure for the workshop will be in the analysis developed in the GPS Culture 2016 report A Policy for the Arts and Culture in England: The Next Steps submitted to inform the White Paper by former Arts Minister Ed Vaizey but now freed from the necessity to address the subject through that lens and targeted at that government.
The aim will be to interrogate, critique and update the approach and the conclusions drawn in 'The Next Steps' in the context of political party policy development in preparation for the next General Election. There will, therefore, be an additional element of strategy targeting a simple message that might inform a manifesto.
BACKGROUND PAPERS WILL BE CIRCULATED A WEEK IN ADVANCE OF THE WORKSHOP.
Peter Stark has had an almost 50 year career in the development, management and leadership of cultural projects and organisations including periods in local governemt, the arts funding system and Higher Eduction. After 2000 he worked for 12 years in South Africa and on his return became chair of Voluntary Arts and founder of GPS Culture. His most recent project was as Development Director for The Mining Institute in Newcastle raising £5m towards its renovation and re-opening in 2020 as The Common Room of the North.
The driver for his career has been in his own commitment to making the experience of creative participation in the arts available to all in or near the places they call home.