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Case for Culture

The Case for Culture (C4C) 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.

To view the Case for Culture summary click here: C4C Summary

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

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 in over 20 sectors representing arts and heritage specialisms, local cultural partnerships and established networks were consulted during the process.

We also reached out beyond the cultural sector to universities, business networks, the health and wellbeing sector, and organisations working with children and young people. Together, we identified five aspirations which will deliver clear benefits to the region’s people, places and economy.

To view the consultation feedback click here

Case for Culture is not just 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 arts and heritage 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.

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.

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