Wakefield in West Yorkshire will deliver capital developments, provide a business support programme for local creative businesses and support creative and skills development.
The programme known as Creative Wakefield, has five overarching aims: Place-making; Visitor Economy; Wellbeing and Inclusion; Creative Skills; and Spaces and support.
The programme is built around four key elements:
- Business and sector support which includes the Creative Wakefield Advance programme launched in September 2020 designed in partnership with Creative UK and a creative leadership programme led by University of Leeds. The Creative Wakefield Network has been established to provide sector-specific support and facilitate more effective collaboration and joint working.
- Creative and digital skills development which includes the Creative Skills Development Programme and the Learning City strategy
- Showcasing and supporting local talent through Wakefield’s Creative Challenge
- Repurposing of the former Wakefield Market Hall and the creation of managed workspace called Wakefield Exchange and supporting the development of a Research and Development Centre (XPLOR)
Creative Wakefield is a cultural compact. Cultural Compacts represent a step-change approach to working in partnership across sectors. These partnerships bring together local authorities, businesses, education providers, cultural and community leaders, driven by a shared ambition for culture and place, to co-design and deliver a vision for culture within a place
To learn more please visit Creative Wakefield