Cultural Commissioning Programme

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From 2013 to 2017 the Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) supported arts and cultural organisations to come together with public service commissioners. It helped them explore ways of working to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. The programme focussed on mental health and wellbeing, older people, and place-based commissioning although the knowledge gained is transferable to other public service areas. 

Joe Magee Pill PaletteThe programme also connected with national policy makers and influencers to raise awareness of the benefits of using arts and culture to engage with people, and to address health and social inequalities. 

Our work programme

CCP has trained nearly 350 cultural organisations, delivered over 20 conferences and seminars across England, and contributed to more than 100 events and policy forums. 

2782 300CCP has also given in depth support to two commissioning partner pilots, and to five locality-based groups of arts and cultural organisations.  This provided invaluable learning which has been shared with others in the cultural sector and public service sector.    

Over this time, the programme has developed an authoritative voice in this field of work, contributing to a critical mass of activity, supporting new relationships and helping to influence opinion and policy direction.  

Our reports and resources

The space between - Image: Creative MindsThe programme’s learning has been synthesised into guidance, reports, case studies and other resources

Southmead Hosp Public Art image 300Phase 1 (July 2013—June 2016) of CCP was delivered by NCVO in partnership with NEF and NPC.  Phase 2 (July 2016—Dec 2017) was delivered by NCVO. The programme received advice and support from its advisory board

CCP was funded by Arts Council England.

Image credits:

  1. © Joe Magee, commissioned by Create Gloucestershire
  2. Birmingham Royal Ballet
  3. Creative Minds
  4. Landmarks by Laura Ford commissioned by Willis Newson. Photography: Jim Wileman
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