The Case for Culture North East


The Case for Culture (C4C) is a statement of ambition for a 15 year period from 2015 to 2030. Created from within the culture sector itself, it builds on the strengths of the region’s diverse communities and brings to the fore opportunities for further investment in arts and heritage in the North East of England.

Launched in 2015

The C4C is developed by the North East Culture Partnership (NECP) – an organisation which is backed by the cultural sector, the region’s five universities, the further education sector, all twelve local authorities as well as national organisations such as Arts Council England, Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

More about C4C

The C4C represents the region speaking in one coherent voice. It has many purposes, including:

  • Recognising the strengths of the arts and heritage offer in our region.
  • Supporting and developing that offer even further.
  • Ensuring the benefits of a strong culture scene in the region are accessible to all.

The C4C aims to encourage people to see investment in culture as more than just a cost, but as a way to stimulate further growth in the region and beyond.

Further Reading

Five Aspirations

Over 1,000 individuals and organisations representing arts and heritage specialisms, local cultural partnerships and established networks have been involved in the creation of five clear aspirations which will deliver benefits to our people, places and economy. In creating these aspirations, 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.

More about NECP

The North East Culture Partnership is made up of 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.

To find out more about the people who make up the NECP board of trustees, click here.

The NECP was launched in 2013 to support and develop the north east’s cultural offer. The group saw an opportunity to build upon the commitment and enthusiasm of the region for its culture and heritage, champion its development as well as proactively support the economic, social and creative growth in the North East.

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