We envisage a country transformed by its culture and at the same time, constantly transforming it: a truly creative nation in which we all can play our part. (Shaping the Next Ten Years: Draft strategy for consultation, p.6)
Arts Council England has been consulting on its draft strategy for the past 18 months and has now produced a new draft. There will be a further and final consultation period on this draft for 12 weeks from 1 July. An online consultation will open from 1 July to 23 September 2019, and you can also sign up to a workshop taking place across the country. ACE will publish more materials about delivering the proposed outcomes and investment principles on 1 July.
The organisations and people we support in the National Portfolio will demonstrate:
- Ambition and quality – they will be committed to developing their creative potential in order to deliver work of the highest quality and match themselves confidently against local, national and international peers.
- Inclusivity and relevance – they will be reflective of the diversity of their communities, welcoming to individuals from every background and valued by the communities and partners with which they work.
- Dynamism and environmental sustainability – they will be capable of adapting to meet the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing world, and leading the way in addressing climate change and resource exploitation. (p.17)
The introduction to the new draft says
With the strategy that we are proposing here, we are looking to shape a country that encourages every one of us to express our creativity: for the joy, satisfaction and wellbeing that living a creative life brings, and for the way in which creativity and the culture that comes from it allow us both to adapt to our world and to adapt it; to change, and to make the changes that we want to see.