Leeds University to be home for Centre of Cultural Value

The Centre for Cultural Value will now have a home at the University of Leeds.

Announced by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in August 2018, the centre will explore the impact of arts and culture on society. The Centre is jointly funded by the AHRC, Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation with investment for £2.5 million over five years.

Building on existing research, the Centre aims to address the following main questions:

  • Why do arts and culture matter?
  • What difference do they make to people’s lives?
  • How can we evidence their impacts on individuals and communities?

The centre will also offer £200,000 in seed funding to arts and cultural organisations to engage in action research related to their own questions of cultural value.

  • The centre's core activities will be around themes of:
  • Arts, culture and wellbeing
  • Culture and regeneration / placemaking 
  • Conflict resolution

The Centre’s core partners are  The Audience Agency and the Universities of Hull, Sheffield, York, and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Its affiliate partners include Aesop, Arts Marketing Association, Association of British Orchestras, the BBC, the British Library, the British Film Institute, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, Coventry 2021, Creative & Cultural Skills, Culture Forum North, Eden Court Theatre, Leeds City Council and Leeds 2023, the Museums Association, the National Theatre, National Theatre Scotland, One Dance UK, Opera North/DARE, Queens University Belfast, University of Bristol, University of Highlands & Islands (Inverness), University of Liverpool, UCL, and the University of Warwick.

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