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The Gulbenkian Inquiry into the civic role of arts organisations

The Gulbenkian Inquiry into the civic role of arts organisations



On 8th December 2016, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock gave a speech on the importance of philanthropic support for the arts as part of the Gulbenkian Inquiry into the civic role of arts organisations. The Inquiry seeks to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play nationally and in their communities. Through research and consultation, the aim is to develop an understanding of what constitutes ‘next practice’ and create a movement of organisations committed to demonstrating it. In his speech, Matt Hancock strongly encouraged arts organisations to “wholly embrace their civic role which is vital to the social and economic regeneration of places, connecting communities and ensuring those who may traditionally have been excluded are helped to participate in public life.”

Click here to read the full speech.