East England Arts
East England Arts is the regional development agency for the arts in the East of England, a region associated with online innovation. It covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and the unitary authorities of Luton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
The Board is one of ten similar agencies in England, funded by the government through the Arts Council of England, the Film Council and local government. It distributes funds in the region of £6 million per annum and has recently become a Lottery distributor.
As a body with lead responsibility for the arts and cultural industries in the region, East England Arts works with other government agencies, including the East of England Development Agency and the Regional Cultural Consortium. Partnership is crucial to its effectiveness and East England Arts places strong emphasis on building its relationship with the region’s 54 Local Authorities and other significant partners in the public and private sectors.
Its approach to arts development is founded on the conviction that the arts and cultural industries are central to the region’s social and economic success and that they are integral to successful regeneration. To inform its work and choices, East England Arts has recently adopted four priorities: children and young people, innovation and new technology, regional identity and development of the cultural economy.
East England Arts is based in Cambridge and has a staff of 42. Its expertise includes investment and partnership management and a specialist portfolio including visual, performing and media artsd, audience development and Life Long Learning. It has recently restructured its staffing and is developing its effectiveness in quality assurance, regional planning and external relations.
2001 will see East England Arts move to new premises in Cambridge and, following recent restructuring and delegation of Lottery funds, move up a gear in terms of profile, influence and success.