Framework to ensure culture thrives in Basingstoke and Deane
Building on the previous cultural vision, which was agreed in 2017, Time Out – a framework for culture in Basingstoke and Deane was agreed at a meeting of Cabinet on Tuesday (5 July).
The framework sets out a statement of intent for arts and culture to be a driving force to help the borough become a place where communities, artists, cultural organisations and businesses can come together to collaborate, celebrate, participate, create, and innovate.
Developed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council following extensive consultation with cultural organisations in the borough, the new framework also sets out three core themes which will act as guiding principles to place culture at the heart of the borough to ensure it continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.
This includes a focus on experimentation by encouraging artists and groups to work together collaboratively to embrace technological change and digital creativity and explore how space across the borough could be used differently to bring arts and culture to new audiences.
Working together to strive for excellence, the ambition is for Basingstoke and Deane to be known as a place to come and take part in memorable new experiences. To ensure Basingstoke is positioned as a centre of cultural excellence, the council will continue to work with artists and organisations to review the local offer to meet changing needs and increase participation.
One of the key roles the council will play through the new framework is supporting organisations and communities to work together to encourage residents of all ages to get involved in cultural activities and create new opportunities.
To deliver the new framework, a new ‘cultural compact’ will be set up later this year, bringing together artists, cultural organisations, businesses and organisations in the community, education and housing sectors.
Led by an independent chair, the new compact will act as the voice of culture in the borough, drive innovation and explore new investment opportunities.
Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Simon Bound said: “Basingstoke and Deane’s cultural offer is an important part of what makes the borough a great place to live, work and visit and there is a lot that we can be proud of.
“As well as having world-class performance venues attracting international attention, the borough is home to heritage sites of significant importance, a brilliant programme of events, hugely talented artists and thriving cultural organisations.
“It is vital that artists and organisations from a range of sectors come together to enhance the local cultural offer to meet local needs and ensure residents can benefit from the joy that arts and culture can bring to our everyday lives. This framework sets a clear and solid foundation for how we support that.”