Arts Policy thinking

A series of web references
Arts and Education
  • All Our Futures 1999 Robinson report for NACCCE       “The key message of this report is the need for a new balance in education: in setting national priorities; in the structure and organisation of the school curriculum; in methods of teaching and assessment; in relationships between schools and other agencies”
  •  Out of our minds – Ken Robinson on video at TED 2000 Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
  • The Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture.  The Alliance brings together the diverse parts of the cultural sector to work together – including museums, film, libraries, heritage, dance, literature, new media arts, theatre, visual arts and music – with the education and youth sector, with parents and with young people.
Economics of the Arts
Cultural Value – discussions on the role of the Arts
The notion of cultural value is taken to spring from an essay by Tessa Jowell in 2004, and has been widely influential in the years since. It’s a hotly contested subject, often characterised by euphemisms and wishful thinking.

“The report is the result of a one-year investigation undertaken by a diverse group of cultural leaders, supported by academics from the University of Warwick. The report argues that the Cultural and Creative Industries are one entity, an ecosystem, which is becoming increasingly important to British life, the British economy, and Britain’s place in the world. It calls for joined-up policy making and a national plan for the sector that maximises cultural, economic and social return. The Commission’s analysis throws down a sharp challenge to all those who value how culture enriches people’s lives and makes a range of recommendations as to how we can ensure everyone has access to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life.”  There’s a useful bibliography of the main texts on the subject of cultural value.


Funding, funding bodies and grant applications

Street Arts

  • The Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN) is the national membership and strategic organisation that supports the development of outdoor arts in the UK and brings the sector together. ISAN currently represents over 130 members from across the UK, Ireland and beyond. – See more at:
  • ISAN Outdoor Arts Education & Training Guide: is an interactive online resource that is updated every year. This targets the needs of artists and creative professionals.
  • ISAN Outdoor Arts Leadership Network: was developed as a professional development project that ran from 2010 to 2011 with funding from the Clore Leadership Programme. This targets the needs of producers, programmers and other senior career professionals
  • The National Association of Street Artists
    is an independent UK network of creative practitioners making work for Outdoors Arts. NASA UK is a membership organisation, run by its members. It aims to support and develop the professional practice of UK based outdoor artists by:

    • Sharing information and opportunities
    • Offering a forum for peer support and discussion of current issues
    • Undertaking research and professional developmental projects
    • Advocating for the sector and networking with key organisations
    • Engaging in national strategy and policy discussions