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VIDEO: Legacy and Sustainability

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Re-Imagining Place: Sustainable and Inclusive Growth Through Culture, took place at the Guildhall Worcester in March 2023, offering opportunities to celebrate, share learning, connect and be inspired by the first round CDF projects in GrimsbyPlymouthThames EstuaryWakefield and Worcester

This video of the closing panel focuses on Legacy and Sustainability. Watch the full session, or click on the links below to jump to key highlights including:

00:28 Emma Wilcox (EW – Chair) Intro/about Creative Estuary
02:30 Kevin McGeough (KM), Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Benefits to major developers working closely with cultural sector
06:44 How support from CDF led to establishing the Garden City Trust to help support development of civic life
08:37 Intro by Julie Russell (JR), Wakefield District Council, Focus on developing a creative and cultural network from the ground-up and developing a Cultural Framework
11:26 Working with University of Leeds to develop business skills for the creative sector
12:27 Lisa February (LF) and Matt Gray (MG), intro to how Lowercase Theatre was supported by CDF through NE Lincs Council to help support young people in Grimsby
16:39 Opportunities provided by small development grants to creative startups
19:27 Emma Hanes (EH) Steer-ED’s role in evaluating the CDF projects
21:01 How do you measure community involvement?
22:09 Importance of setting a clear evaluation plan before you start delivery
23:44 Balance of data on a spreadsheet v stories and case studies that bring data to life
25:54 EW Question: what is the lasting impact of CDF?
26:10 MG: importance of building confidence and empowering young creative startups to take a leading role
26:49 Converting scepticism about big new funds into real action and tangible benefits for the community
27:17 Benefits of seeding smaller startups versus bigger festivals
28:28 Importance of Local Authority (LA) cultural officers (Sarah and James) nurturing relationship with small creative startups
29:31 JR: How Wakefield made the case for culture across the District and bring in multiple partners from within LA, across communities, private partners etc
31:05 Importance of using revenue funding to test proof-of-concept in large capital spaces (eg former Market Hall)
31:40 Proving the potential of culture-led regene to unlock other funding from other sectors
32:47 KM: vital role of smaller CDF funding to be experimental, explore co-design, work outside longer time frames of multi-million £ developments
33:53 Co-location and co-design helps think about how buildings will be used and test this before they are completed
35:10 How Steer-ED evidences ‘transformational change’ possibilities of CDF projects to HM Treasury
35:48 Definition of transformational change
36:22 How do you evidence a relationship? What is the importance of relationships?
36:56 Legacy value of creating space and developing skills
37:25 EW: how can we ensure there is sustained impact for communities and partnerships?
37:46 JR: Importance of diversifying funding and approaches
38:34 Using cultural approaches to address health challenges and health inequalities
38:45 Benefits of smaller funding grants for wider number of recipients
39:28 Different approaches to building skills for life
39:52 Working with private sector – importance of delivering social impacts through private partnerships
40:33 MG: Supporting and developing small creative businesses and build creative infrastructure
41:25 Importance of small organisations being part of a “chain” connected with larger organisations
41:51 KM: EDC connecting with shorter-term initiatives in order to support its longer term objectives around supporting and developing a new community
43:11 Connections between culture and wellbeing and health
43:35 Audience Question: What would you say to Local Authorities who haven’t yet started their journey towards culture-led regeneration?
44:36 JR: Bringing councillors along, particularly where there are tensions between key towns/city and wider district
45:27 Distributing funding – ensuring 80% of funding goes to 80% of the population and avoiding idea that culture is “high end”
45:54 Developing a partnership framework and building a sense of ownership across community
46:40 Empowering Creative Wakefield Network to be independent of LA with its own independent Chair
47:23 EH: embedding evaluation and clarity of vision about what you’re trying to achieve from the beginning
48:19 Multi-pronged approaches to revisit evaluation throughout the project
49:15 KM: being “ambitious together” with LAs
49:39 Empowering communities to raise aspirations and seeing this as an asset, not a liability
50:47 MG: building alliances with other creative organisations and developing partnerships
52:12 Importance of LAs “getting out of the way” and then seeing what can happen
53:16 Audience Question: How can we avoid putting pressure on LAs to produce case studies showing high growth orgs rather than look to smaller orgs to demonstrate real value and community benefit?
54:11 JR – Importance of reflecting diverse range of organisations
56:19 EW: What single ask would you have of policymakers in the room?
56:33 KM: A planning toolkit to plan for placemaking and creative sector
57:09 JR: Willingness to work outside key cities and importance of revenue funding
58:03 EH: Have patience and perseverance for the evidence base to develop
58:20 LF: Keep talking, keep co-creating and be authentically responsible to the communities you represent

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