A special launch event was held last week to officially launch the Cultural Framework for Preston 2014-18 to the arts community.
The result of extensive consultation with the cultural sector, community organisations and local people living and/or working in Preston, the Cultural Framework sets out the city’s aspirations for culture in Preston over the next four years.
Four goals underpin the framework:
1. Quality – we will aspire to achieve quality and excellence in the cultural life of Preston,
2. Participation and inclusion – more people are involved in cultural activities as audiences, participants and creative producers,
3. Supporting creativity – creative people and groups thrive in Preston, and
4. Preston as a cultural centre – Preston is recognised as the cultural hub of Lancashire benefitting the people who live and work in the city and also attracting visitors and businesses.
Delivery of the Framework will be overseen by the Cultural Framework Board, consisting of key stakeholders such as Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, UCLan, local business, tourism and the artistic community including the recently-formed Preston Creative Partnership.
Supporting local arts organisations & groups
To launch the Framework, Preston City Council approved a budget of £15,000 during this financial year (2014/5) to support activities that meet one of more of the above goals. Local arts organisations and groups were invited to apply for an award of up to £3,000. (applications for 2014/15 have closed, click here for details of 2015/16 funding.)
Councillor Peter Rankin, Council Leader, Preston City Council said:
“We know from the fantastic events of Guild Year that there is a lot of talent in the city, and a huge potential for enabling more people to benefit from the arts – as audiences, participants and practitioners.
The Cultural Framework recognises the importance of culture to the city and sets out our aspirations for the next four years. It shows our determination to work with our partners and those in the arts and cultural sectors to build for the future."
Download your copy of the Cultural Framework for Preston
Image: Lakes Alive: Les Commandos Percu - On the Night Shift, Preston Guild 2012 Festival finale performance on 9 September, 2012. Photo: Preston Photographic Society