Local cultural figures sought to help deliver new Arts & Culture strategy

Derry City and Strabane District Council is seeking help from local cultural representatives to help oversee the delivery of a new Arts & Culture Strategy.

Friday, 12th April 2019, 9:25 am
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 10:27 am
ARTS AND CULTURE STRATEGY 2019-2024. . . .The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle pictured on Friday morning at the Guildhall for the Launch of Nominations to oversee the delivery of the Arts and Culture Strategy 2019-2024 for Derry City and Strabane District Council area. Included are representatives from the voluntary, community and private sectors, the arts and culture sector, other relevant statutory bodies, agencies and support organisations from across the North West and Council officers. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

The five-year strategy is set to complement council’s recently completed Tourism and Integrated Economic Development Strategies.

The plan is the result of a consultation process centred around creativity and collaboration in the local community and local organisations and individuals are now being asked to assist in overseeing its delivery.

In the coming months, council will establish a Co-Delivery Group reflecting the needs of audiences, communities and the wider arts and culture sector. The group will oversee the delivery of a strategy with aims to engage citizens and grow audiences, delivering a high quality arts programme; an effective and ambitious marketing campaign and strengthening cultural infrastructure.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane John Boyle encouraged anyone with an interest in the arts to put themselves forward for the group. “Extensive work has gone into the development of a comprehensive and ambitious strategy for the city and district in keeping with the aspirations of the Strategic Growth Plan to enhance wellbeing through cultural experiences and the arts,” he said.

“The strategy will be delivered in tandem with a raft of new plans for the district aligning our goals for the North West and improving the local economy. I would really encourage anyone with an interest in arts and culture to consider if they have skills to contribute to the delivery of this visionary new strategy.”

Head of Culture with council, Aeidin McCarter, said: “The strategy has identified six key aims and following this open call council aims to appoint two representatives to help oversee the delivery of each of these aims over a two year period, before the representation is refreshed.

“We hope to attract a diverse range of candidates from a variety of backgrounds and abilities, including practitioners, artists, cultural organisations and audiences to ensure a wide depth and breadth of knowledge and experience.”

These advisory group will include Derry City and Strabane District Council elected members on a cross party basis as well as council officers. The group will meet four times per annum as well as deliver an open annual meeting to review the strategy, discuss progress and consider ongoing process implementation.

To find out more and to submit nominations go to www.derrystrabane.com/artsandculture