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Insight Paper: Supporting ‘Local Voice’ in cultural decision making

A diversity of people coming together to make their voice heard - they hold up speech bubbles  to represent their perspectives

Our latest Insight Paper is here!

What are some of the ingredients of high quality local decision making?

How are the creative, cultural and heritage sectors factoring?

Who is and isn't participating in local cultural decision making?

We draw out key findings and their potential implications for policy from a Knowledge Exchange session held on 7th March 2024 between high-level representatives of a major open policy development programme led by Culture Commons and a coalition of over 25 UK-wide partners exploring the future local cultural decision making’.

This Insight Paper will be fed through into our growing body of evidence to inform the policymaking phase of the programme set to begin later this year.


We are delighted that Professor Leila Jancovich, Professor of Cultural Policy and Participation at the University of Leeds, kindly chaired us through this session, providing an introduction into the various ways that 'Local Voice' is conceptualised in existing academic literature, as well as the key concepts sitting behind deliberative democracy on which much theory rests.

We then heard from the following expert speakers who brought their professional and personal experiences to the table:

  • David Jubb, Co-founder of Citizens in Power and LaToyah McAllister-Jones, Executive Director, St Paul’s Carnival CIC, who talked about an ongoing Citizens’ Assembly for creativity and culture taking place in the West of England Combined Authority area.

  • Chris Wright, Executive Director of Future Everything spoke about This Place of Mine, sharing learnings from a programme including local young people in a digital reimagining of their local high streets.

  • Robin Simpson, Chief Executive of Creative Lives talked about the work they've been doing on the ground over many years to support community-led creative groups across the UK.


As part of our commitment to open policy making processes, we'll be publishing more Insight Papers like this as we move through the programme. If you'd like to be kept up to date with programme developments, you can sign up to our newsletter on our home page or visit the programme hub here.

Please do share this paper with your colleagues and networks and get in touch with us at if you have any questions or comments. We'd be delighted to know your thoughts!


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