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This toolkit was created in 2014 to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities of working more closely with Local Authorities.
Our focus on engaging MPs continues but this time with a focus on the local picture. This resource is about engaging your local MPs with top tips, step by step guidance and some useful key facts.
Local Government and Culture working together.
Joining the dots across sectors. Notes from a meeting that took place in December 2014
This document details the case for culture and the arguments, asks and priorities that the National What Next? movement presented to the Treasury in 2015 in the run up to the Spending Review.
This guide includes some simple ideas about how the arts, culture and creative industries can engage with the democratic process. It includes a ‘how to’ guide to holding a hustings in a cultural venue and ways to contact your MP.
It was produced by What Next? Young Vic in partnership with UK Theatre in 2015.
A useful guide for those who already chair, and those who would like to start a What Next? Chapter. Including the key principles of a What Next? meeting, a how-to-chair guide and a sample agenda for a first What Next? meeting.
Following a conversation at a What Next? meeting about the difficult situations cultural organisations can find themselves in when an action sparks controversy – for example, the presentation of a divisive piece of work, or a contentious sponsorship deal – What Next? has produced some practical guidance on ethics. The guidance responds to contributions from organisations across the UK to a What Next? survey on the subject of ethical and reputational challenges and is intended to help leaders meet such challenges with a greater sense of confidence.
“In working to sustain a thriving, vibrant and at times challenging cultural sector, there will be tricky decisions to make and the need to handle difference of opinion. In an increasingly complex world, the more that can be done to approach contention with courage and a zest for debate, the healthier our cultural and civic life. This guidance has been compiled to encourage bold, yet measured decision-making…”
Régis Cochefert, Director, Grants and Programmes, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Many of the ideas in the document come from survey contributions and the content has been discussed and tested by an advisory group. It has been further informed by interviews across the sector and more widely. It does not attempt to offer definitive answers and every organisation will want to use it in different ways, taking and embedding what is useful to them. We hope the prompts and suggestions are useful and welcome feedback via email.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s Spending Review in November 2015, What Next? wants to make sure we reach as many MPs as possible to tell them about the impact further cuts to our sector will have. We hope that artists, audiences, organisations and individuals will write to their local MP to request a meeting, either at a constituency surgery, at an arts centre or even over the phone, to discuss the importance of culture in the local community and what will be lost with further cuts to arts and local government budgets. We want to tell our story in a way that resonates with MPs, especially Tory MPs, and that will help them understand our concerns quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with the hashtag #Arts4Britain.