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Great arts for Guildford: New arts strategies launched

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Great arts for Guildford: New arts strategies launched

Published at 3:59pm 23rd March 2018.

Lead Councillor for Heritage and the Arts, Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, says: "We are proud of the vibrant and varied cultural scene throughout our borough and are extremely fortunate to work with many talented artists and organisations that make this happen. Our two new Arts Development and Public Art strategies aim to harness the potential of the arts to make genuine and meaningful impact in the lives of our residents and communities.

"We want to work with our partners to make our vision for arts development in Guildford become a reality - a place where everyone can enjoy great arts. Our aim is to make sure that every resident, regardless of their background and situation, has the opportunity to take part in or experience the arts."

Widespread public consultation last summer, including residents, artists, community groups and people working in the arts, helped shape and direct both strategies.

Adds Cllr Nelson-Smith: "We want to challenge the idea that the arts are only for certain types of people, and reach out to more individuals and groups from across the borough and encourage them to experience arts activities."

The Arts Development and Public Arts strategies give us a clear plan for the next five years so we can provide opportunities to meet the needs of our residents, customers and the community. We will also be able to look further ahead to increase opportunities for arts activities, partnerships and funding.

As well as raising the profile of the arts and highlighting how they contribute to health and wellbeing, society and the economy, the strategies will also help artists and organisations to plan fundraising and projects.

Public art helps create unique places where people want to live, work and play. Our public art strategy identifies key opportunities and includes guidance on how to work with artists to create great public art.

To deliver our strategies we have developed action plans, which we will review with stakeholders every year.

See our Arts Development Strategy and Public Art Strategy 2018-2023, and action plans on theArts development and public art web page.

Pictured above, from left to right: Hannah Dix, arts officer; Su Kelland, arts officer; Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith and Jo James, Community Leisure Manager.

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