The Mayor of London has released the Cultural Infrastructure Plan, the first for the capital, which seeks to safeguard and grow creative spaces in the city.
As well as the plan, which you can download and read below, there is also a cultural infrastructure toolbox which includes a map which includes transport data and population growth, as well as research and guidance, and help to find, protect and lend a property for cultural use.
The Greater London Authority explains the need for the plan on their website: "Our creative industries are vital to London’s success and the recording studios, rehearsal spaces, artists' workspaces are the engine room that is responsible for generating £52 billion per year. However, there has been a worrying decline in London’s cultural spaces, with the numbers of LGBT+ venues and grassroots music venues stabilising in the last year following a decade of decline."
Using policy, funding, research and other tools, alongside working with and supporting others, the Mayor of London will deliver the following seven actions:
- Understanding where London’s cultural infrastructure is located
- Planning for and creating new cultural infrastructure
- Providing major infrastructure for a world class city
- Supporting culture at risk
- Increasing investment
- Creating policy to enable culture and the creative industries to put down roots
- Providing training, networking and guidance
Download the Cultural Infrastructure Plan below.