Liverpool Thrive programme – Final Report published

Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium has published the final report into the Liverpool Thrive Programme. The Thrive programme started in 2007 prior to the launch of the Capital of Culture year in Liverpool, supported by Arts Council England’s Thrive! programme. It aimed to provide a systematic approach to helping cultural organisations gain the expertise needed to respond to and influence a rapidly changing environment. The Liverpool Thrive project was given £1.34 million – the largest award within the scheme – and tested out a new model for embedding the arts and cultural sectors in the processes of social and economic renewal. The Liverpool Thrive programme final report in brief. By building on individual organisational strengths the Thrive Programme has enabled the strength, durability and flexibility of relationships to be established, tested and adapted and has therefore supported the development of deeper relationships between organisations. Working collaboratively has been very effective in advocating on behalf of the sector and engaging with key stakeholders as it has allowed LARC to ‘speak with one voice’. The fact that there has been sustained involvement by a consistent number of people has allowed strong networking, the sharing of information about programming aspirations and best practice which has supported the creation and articulation of not just a joint aspiration for the cultural direction of the city but also a shared vision and action plan – how it is to be delivered and who plays their part. The Thrive programme has therefore supported the development of a strategic profile and voice for culture and the strengthening of the relationships and influence with non-cultural strategic partners (e.g. Liverpool City Council, Primary Care Trust, Universities) despite changing political contexts during the Thrive Programme provides one example of the success of this collaborative approach. The Thrive programme has also provided the LARC partners with the resources to build a collective research and evidence base to demonstrate their collaborative and individual organisational activity, an evidence base that has given credibility to the arguments about the scope and impact of cultural activity within the City. The large scale research studies supported through the Thrive programme (e.g. economic and intrinsic impact) would not have been affordable or deliverable by a single LARC organisation and, perhaps more importantly, would not have been credible without the participation and involvement of a wide range of arts and cultural organisations in the City. Download a PDF version of the final report.  Final Report    ...

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Let’s Work Together – sharing and shaping collaboration in the arts

On 21st June, Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium hosted a national conference of leading arts sector figures interested in sharing good practice and some of the critical understanding needed to realise future opportunities for collaboration, both within and beyond the sector. At the conference members of LARC were able to pass on their learning and experience from the LARC model of collaboration,  alongside speakers such as Clore Leadership programme director Sue Hoyle, Director General of the English-Speaking Union Michael Lake,  Chief Executive of &Co Alison Edbury, Piali Ray the Director of sampad South Asian Arts, DCMS Head of Research Dr Adam Cooper,  Dave Moutrey, Director and Chief Executive of Cornerhouse. Speaker Biographies are available to view online. The conference was specifically designed to examine: models of leadership in collaborative practice art and artist-led examples of collaborative practice collaboration in rural settings how collaboration can unlock new business models collaboration within the changing public sector landscape plus new methodologies and expectations for demonstrating your case Each delegate was able to register for a couple of practical workshop sessions, that were designed to encourage open and pragmatic exploration of collaboration models and approaches, which included lessons from Thrive projects from across the country and LARC itself. The conference programme is still available to download if you would like to see more details from the workshops. A full conference report will be available shortly,  in the mean time an online resources document has been compiled from the contributions of  a number of the speakers and delegates at the Let’s Work Together conference. You can read it online below or you can download it. [gview...

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