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The London region is made up of 32 local authorities and the City of London Corporation, most of which have their own officer or team responsible for arts development. The role and resources of each team vary from one local authority to the next and teams sit within a variety of departments including Leisure, Cultural Services and Environment.
A full list of Arts Officer contacts is included below and will be updated regularly:
As well as supporting arts development within their own individual boroughs, Arts Officers work sub-regionally on joint projects. These sub-regional partnership groups are based on the Mayor of London’s ‘London Plan’ and the boundaries are permeable. For example, the City of London works with both the Central and Eastern sub-regional groups, whilst the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea works with both the Central and Western boroughs. Each sub-regional group is working in a different way, on a range of projects, responding to identified shared priorities.
Partnership work is also taking place around the regeneration of the Thames Gateway, and across London for the cultural offer and legacy of the 2012 Olympics.
London-based charity that supports fine arts practice by providing artists with low-cost studio and living space. Advises artists on all aspects of property negotiation, conversion and management and provides consultancy on studio provision to a wide range of organisations.
Provides a comprehensive management and production resource to interdisciplinary artists and companies, as well as running a bursary and mentoring scheme, free artists’ advisory service, residencies and showcases.
Arts Forum London
On-line home for local authority arts officers and Councillors to share information, knowledge and ideas in support of arts development in London. Supports the work of the London Local Authority Arts Network and the London Local Authority Arts Forum (detailed in section A2.5).
Association of London Government (ALG)
Represents the 33 local authorities in London by providing a single voice to central government and lobbying for better resources for the capital. Distributes grants to voluntary groups across the capital, including arts organisations.
Development agency working across London and all artforms, helping organisations build their audience base through research, networking and collaborative projects.
Creative and cultural industries support agency in East London.
Provides performing and promotional opportunities for a broad range of bands and artists at major festivals, including Glastonbury and Essential. Also provides CD releases and industry showcases.
Network of arts organisations promoting professional development for artists and arts practitioners who live and work in London.
Creative Space Agency
Helps artists, cultural organisations and businesses to identify potential spaces in London to work, exhibit, perform, rehearse or meet. Their website will offer a searchable directory where space providers can register and artists can search for available space.
East London Dance
Dance development agency involving artists in the communities of the outer east London boroughs. Commissions new work, promotes performances and festivals and runs workshops and training courses.
Visual arts focussed partnership for the neighbouring boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Haringey and Harrow. Shares resources and knowledge to meet the development needs of emerging artists and artist groups in North London.
Strategic agency for film and media in London, promoting and developing London as a major international centre for film-making.
Cross-sector network of agencies and organisations supporting the arts and creative industries in North London.
Greater London Authority
Democratically elected strategic authority made up of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The Mayor has an executive role, setting an overall vision for London and defining city-wide strategies, including culture. The Assembly scrutinises the Mayor’s activities and can make proposals to the Mayor about issues of importance to Londoners.
Greenwich Dance Agency
Offers a range of opportunities and support for professional dance artists.
Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN)
Group of presenters and promoters of street arts throughout the UK working to develop the artform through networking, information sharing, collaboration, lobbying and training.
Independent Theatre Council (ITC)
Managers’ association and main representative body for middle and small-scale performing arts organisations. Services include advocacy, legal advice, industrial relations and networking. Interchange Trust Legal Advisory Service
Low-cost legal advisory service for arts organisations and the voluntary sector.
National organisation for supporting and developing jazz through touring, information provision and education projects.
Live Art Development Agency
Internationally renowned strategic agency for live art, offering a range of services for artists and organisations in London including information, advice and opportunities for debate, research and training.
London Open House
London-wide scheme to open buildings of architectural interest to the public, the focus of which is the Open House weekend event each September. Also runs a year-round programme of public events designed to explore and explain London’s built environment.
Museums, Libraries and Archives and Libraries London
Strategic development agency for museums, libraries and archives in the region.
Agency offering consultancy, PR, marketing, professional development and administrative support services to the music industry. Also provides networking links to the commercial music sector and develops partnerships with major music industry trade bodies.
Notting Hill Mas Bands Association
Represents and promotes the activities of the Mas bands that take part in the Notting Hill Carnival by providing support, advice and training. Also undertakes strategic projects on behalf of its members in order promote the traditions of the Caribbean in the UK.
The Place Artist Development
Subscription service providing support and professional development for independent professional dance artists.
Total Theatre Network
A leading body for physical and visual performance, providing information and access to the sector, developing audiences and encouraging personal and professional development.
The official visitor organisation for the capital, marketing to domestic and overseas leisure and business visitors, as well as Londoners.
Western Wedge Sub-regional group
Sub-regional arts partnership made up local authority arts officers and managers from Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. Meets regularly to share best practice and oversee partnership work in their sub-region.
Provides dramatic writers with a range of career support.
Provides funding and advocacy for music provision for young people.
|Studio Festi performing The Dancing Sky at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2006. Image: Alastair Muir.|
AD:uk has two Regional Coodinators representing London:
- Chris Gibbon, Senior Consultant at BOP Consulting (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Gina Gillam, Theatre & Arts Manager at the London Borough of Sutton (Gina.email@example.com).
Arts Council England’s London office works in partnership with local authorities on a regional, sub-regional and borough-by-borough basis in order to:
- build the profile of the arts within boroughs and help secure political commitment.
- support local authority arts officers and help foster cross departmental working within boroughs.
- demonstrate how arts can help deliver local priorities.
- promote inclusion and vibrant communities.
- encourage cultural infrastructure within major regeneration projects
(eg Thames Gateway, King’s Cross, Wembley).
- ensure a strong cultural offer and legacy from London 2012.
- support continuous improvement of London boroughs’ arts provision.
The Resource Development team leads this work and runs two parallel pan-London groups for local authorities to share information and oversee partnership working. These are the London Local Authority Arts Network (for Arts Officers) and the London Local Authority Arts Forum (for Councillors). For more information about either of these groups please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0207 608 6185.
Each officer in the Resource Development team has responsibility for links with particular local authorities, depending on their location:
- East and South sub-regions: Charlotte Penny email@example.com 0207 608 6155
- North and West sub-regions: Sian Clarke
firstname.lastname@example.org 0207 608 4163
- Central sub-region: Richard Edwards
email@example.com 0207 608 6103
Each local authority will have information about artists and arts organisations based in their borough. The following websites may also be useful:
Free online directory and resource for creative individuals and organisations in London. This website is currently being rolled out across London and 11 local authorities have joined so far.
London Schools Arts Service (LONSAS) website, match-making teachers and artists and offering practical information, support, news and advice to help promote creativity throughout the curriculum. LONSAS can also process Criminal Records Bureau checks for those working with young people.