C4C has been developed by the North East Culture Partnership; which is backed by the private sector, the region’s five universities, the further education sector and by all twelve local authorities who play a vital role in supporting the development of arts and heritage.

What is C4C?

The Case for Culture (C4C) is a positive statement of ambition for the North East of England’s arts and heritage sectors.

Click to view a summary of Case for Culture: C4C Summary

The purpose of C4C is not only to recognise the existing strengths of the arts and heritage offer in our region, but also to support and develop the offer even further, to spread the benefits more widely and to make a tangible difference for the whole of the North East of England.

C4C is not just a list of projects, nor is it simply concerned with new cultural buildings. It is a fifteen year regional framework for investment, within which the diverse ambitions of individuals, organisations and places can be realised.


Who is responsible for C4C?

We’re proud to say that C4C has been created by the sector itself.

The development of C4C 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.

During this development, over 1,000 individuals and organisations representing arts and heritage specialisms, local cultural partnerships and established networks were consulted.

To view the consultation feedback click here.

NECP and C4C is now backed by the region’s arts and heritage sector,;the business and private sector; all five universities; the further education sector as well as the twelve local authorities in the region.

We also reached out beyond the cultural sector to universities, business networks, the health and well-being sector, and organisations working with children and young people.

The result of this collaborative approach is the Case for Culture – comprising five aspirations around which all C4C activity is informed. With these five aspirations we aim to deliver clear benefits to the region’s people, places and economy.


Investing in culture

Rather than seeing this investment solely as a cost – the C4C shows how investment in culture is an opportunity to create lasting growth. The five aspirations recognise the existing strengths of arts and heritage and set out a framework from which to grow, expand and excel.

The Case for Culture was formally launched at an event at Durham Castle in July 2015 and at the House of Commons in November 2015.

To view the full Case for Culture click here: Longer document