Arts Council England has launched their new ten-year strategy. Inspired by a movement supported by the Council’s previous ten-year strategy – whereby hundreds of volunteers, of all ages and from all backgrounds, took to the streets on 1st July 2016 in the uniforms of 100 years ago, each representing one of the soldiers who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – the next ten years will focus on creating a country transformed by culture.
“The boldness of the vision, and its trajectory from public spaces onto social media; the collective creativity of all the participants; the partnerships, local and national, that brought the piece to life; and perhaps most important of all, the dissolving of barriers between artists and the audiences with whom they interact: these are the elements that our new Strategy supports.
It will value the creative potential in each of us, provide communities in every corner of the country with more opportunities to enjoy culture, and celebrate greatness of every kind. It marks a significant change, but an evolutionary one: honouring and building upon the successes of the last decade while confronting the challenges and embracing the exciting possibilities of the next. These challenges – inequality of wealth and of opportunity, social isolation and mental ill-health, and above all of these, the accelerating climate emergency – are many.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England.