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New projects developing resilience for Birmingham and East London

  • Date: 14 March 2014
  • Area: London, Midlands

Now more than ever, ensuring our cultural sector is resilient and prepared for whatever the future might hold, is essential to ensuring a safe future for arts and culture in England. Today we are announcing a new resilience development programme pilot in Birmingham and East London, led by CidaCo, the award-winning international company, specialising in creativity and innovation.

The project is designed to help meet the needs of arts and cultural organisations facing the range of funding and revenue challenges that are likely to have a lasting impact on the way organisations operate in future.

CidaCo will help to develop and improve organisational resilience of arts and cultural organisations in Birmingham and East London (defined as the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest).

Birmingham and East London were selected as the pilot locations for the following reasons:

  • there are a wide range of arts and cultural organisations in East London and Birmingham varying in artforms and size, and that are also in receipt of Catalyst arts funding: an investment we are looking to maximize
  • both London and Birmingham are major business and financial centres: we want to utilise the opportunities this presents through sponsorship
  • we want to ensure a sustainable cultural infrastructure in East London following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are working with Birmingham partners to support the development of the wider economic environment of the area through the Creative City initiative.

The pilot will focus on supporting 26 organisations and will include diagnostic assessments, exploring future fundraising and resilience-building opportunities, mentoring and seminars. 

Launch events will be held in Birmingham and East London in late April and Early May, and organisations who may be a good match for the programme will receive invitations.