(top) Bourgeois & Maurice – Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014. Photo: Chris Taylor. (bottom) City Textures, Abby McFaul and Stef Kalife, 2015. Photo: Gorm Ashurst
What Next? is a free-to-access movement that brings together small and large organisations and freelancers to debate and shape arts & culture in the UK.
We want to see a situation in the UK in which arts & culture are playing a vital contribution to creating an equitable society, improving quality of life for all.
This will be achieved when our sector:
Through regional What Next? Chapters and regular UK wide meetings, we convene a space to bring together the breadth of leadership within the arts and culture sector, where challenge and possibility can lead to shared priorities and collective responses.
We advocate and create conditions for ‘systems leadership’: an understanding of leadership that values the potential of a wide range of actors working together to achieve more than we can do alone or in silos.
We bring the arts & culture sector together as a ‘system’ by:
Our Shared Values:
Our movement is guided by the following values which form a touchstone for our work:
The arts and culture enhance every aspect of our lives: the vibrancy of our cities, the identity of our rural communities, the future prospects of our children, the quality of our democracy, the sustainability of our environment, the employability of our workforce, our ability to make sense of our own experience and to empathise with others.
We need to make these connections through new kinds of convening, advocacy and of collaboration.
We argue for the contribution that the arts and culture make in strengthening every aspect of the national economy, as we do for the contribution to our social wellbeing and cohesion.
We all speak for ourselves but as a national movement, we believe that if we act together, we can maximise the effectiveness of our resources, our arguments, our ideas.
Turning a Little Further community production. Photo: Helen Murray