The North East Culture Partnership brings together practitioners, local authorities, universities, colleges, businesses and voluntary organisations across the North East of England to champion, promote and support the arts and heritage sectors in the region and internationally.

Who are the NECP?

The North East Culture Partnership (NECP) are the organisation responsible for the Case of Culture (C4C), a visionary strategy for regional cultural growth.

NECP consists of the twelve Local Authorities, the region’s five universities, colleges, the North East Chamber of Commerce, individuals from the sector and representatives of Historic England and Arts Council England.

Additionally, we have a wider stakeholder group and a series of sub-groups, who are focussing on delivering against the five aspirations outlined in the C4C.

These sub-groups use their expertise and professional networks to bring in other partners and sectors; such as health, economic development and international trade, broadening the reach and influence of the NECP and subsequently the C4C.

We believe this activity is integral in the evolution of the strategic life of the region, and yeilds vital links with national and international initiatives.

Where did the NECP come from?

The North East Culture Partnership (NECP) was borne of both a necessity and a willingness to support and develop the north east’s cultural offer. The NECP identified an opportunity within the region to build upon the commitment and enthusiasm of the region for its culture and heritage and to proactively support the economic, social and creative growth of the region. The opportunity was recognised by multiple stakeholders across the region who are all united by a shared goal to invest in our people, our places and our cultural reputation regionally, nationally and internationally.

Together the partnership has created the North East of England’s Cultural Strategy, entitled the Case for Culture (C4C). This is an aspirational and visionary document that sets out a 15 year case (covering 2015 – 2030) for investing in arts and heritage. It has already been called a “template”, and a “unique and an example of what can be achieved if a region and organisations work together.”

Following the development of the C4C, the region is now delivering the strategy, and has a number of sub-groups and work-streams devoted to the five aspirations around which C4C hangs. Examples include:

A festivals’ strategy: which pulls together the various cultural events across the region. It’s aim is to help to focus efforts on the wider benefits to be derived from local and international activity such as the tall ships race and bids to become the UK City of Culture.

An international sub-group: the international group has already identified that the North East of England does cultural business with almost a third of the planet. Our business group is linking artists with local business to develop both sectors and grow local cultural organisations. Work on children and young people, participation, economic growth and retaining the best talent in the region are already delivering results and NECP’s role as a hub and broker of regional working are growing.