Carlisle Culture framework launch

Carlisle Culture framework launch name

A cultural framework for Carlisle, that aims to give new life and vision to the city’s rich culture and heritage, is set to be launched at a virtual event early next month.

The event will provide progress on Carlisle Culture - a partnership working to harness the rich arts, heritage and culture of the city for our future sustainability and growth.

The online event will include the launch of the new Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle. The document provides details on ten priority areas to support partnership working to ensure the city remains an attractive place to live, study, work, invest and stay.

The Zoom event will be held on Monday 9 November, 10am - 12.30pm, and will hear from the voices of several strategic influencers:

· Jane Beardsworth, Arts Council England.

· Jane Meek, Carlisle City Council.

· Jo Lappin, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

· Colette Conroy, University of Cumbria.

· Susie Tate, Dance Artist for Health, Wellbeing and Education

To book your place and take part in the conversation go to

The development of the Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle was initiated in 2019 by a small steering group of Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and the University of Cumbria.

Supported with funding from the Arts Council England, a series of themed consultation events took place with a wide range of stakeholders to identify how, through culture we could combine collectively to help drive and sustain the future growth of the city region. This was followed up by a focussed ‘play-back’ event to disseminate initial thoughts and areas of priority and made a significant contribution to the document. The consultation was designed to not only engage existing cultural specialists, but to encourage a diverse range of voices representing diversity, business, education, health, individual and freelance artists and creative practitioners to contribute to shaping the future arts and cultural agenda.

To download the Executive Summary of the Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle visit any of the steering groups partners’ websites.

A Culture Consortium spokesperson said:

“2020’s Covid-19 Crisis has simultaneously reinforced people’s passion for arts and culture and devastated arts and cultural livelihoods because of lockdown’s enforced closures and cancellations.

“Both effects serve to emphasise a vital role for this cultural strategy and the urgency of supporting Carlisle’s arts and cultural sector as a key contribution to our recovery from the crisis.”