What is the Case for Culture?
The Case for Culture is a positive statement of ambition for the next 15 years, building on the strengths of the North East’s diverse communities and pointing to the opportunities for further investment in arts and heritage right across the region.
The Case for Culture has been created by the sector itself. It is backed by the region’s arts and heritage sector (organisations and freelance workers); the business and private sector; all five universities and the further education sector as well as all twelve local authorities, who continue to play a vital role and support the development of the cultural sector, despite the financial pressures they face.
More than 1,000 individuals and organisations were directly involved in the identification of five clear aspirations which will deliver clear benefits to the region’s people, places and economy. Case for Culture is not a list of projects, nor is it simply concerned with new cultural buildings. It is a regional framework for investment over the next 15 years within which the diverse ambitions of individuals, organisations and places can be realised.
Rather than seeing this investment solely as a cost – the Case for Culture shows how investment in culture is an opportunity to create lasting growth. The five aspirations recognise the existing strengths of the arts and heritage offer in our region and the significant progress that has been achieved to date. The region’s cultural sector recognises that it needs to do more – to spread the benefits further and deeper, to make a tangible difference for the whole of the North East of England.
The Case for Culture project was led by a Steering Group of the North East Culture Partnership (NECP). The Steering group included representation from the Partnership’s board and key agencies including Historic England and Arts Council England. Following a competitive tender process, Beamish Museum was appointed to project manage the Case for Culture.
The Case for Culture was formally launched at an event at Durham Castle in July 2015.
Photographs with the permission of:
English Heritage. Stockton Council. North Tyneside Council
HMS Trincomalee- Photograph courtesy of Christopher Armstrong
Artichoke. South Tyneside Council. Sunderland City Council.