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Policy experts questioned on current challenges for the cultural sector

22 April 2016

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee takes evidence from leading academics in cultural policy as part of its inquiry into Countries of Culture

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 April 2016, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Dr Lisanne Gibson, University of Leicester
  • Dr Abigail Gilmore, University of Manchester

Focus of the session

The inquiry will begin by hearing evidence from two leading academics who are experts in cultural policy. The Committee will consider the main challenges facing the cultural sector today, the impact of local authority funding constraints and the balance of funding between London and the regions. The Committee will also look at collaboration, accessibility and participation in culture.

Inquiry background

This inquiry was launched in March and will be looking at ways to preserve and promote the UK's cultural wealth.

The previous Committee's Report into the Work of Arts Council England concluded that there is an arts funding imbalance in favour of London at the expense of tax payers and lottery players in other parts of the country, which should be rectified as soon as possible. With this in mind, the Committee wishes to use the Countries of Culture inquiry as an opportunity to build on this report and examine the UK's wider cultural landscape.

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