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About the Inquiry

The Inquiry seeks to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play nationally and in their communities. Through research and consultation we want to develop understanding of what constitutes ‘next practice’ and create a movement of organisations committed to demonstrating it.

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Recent Publications

Advisory Panel discussion summary

What are the key themes for Phase 1 of the Inquiry?

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The civic role of arts organisations: A...

We asked King's College London to prepare this literature review as the foundation for the Inquiry.

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From the Blog

Help us build a picture of the civic role of arts...

Posted by Sam Cairns

We want to know what you think the civic role of arts organisations should be.

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Artist Commissions

Posted by Sam Cairns

As part of the Inquiry, What Next? and Locality have commissioned three artists to create work with underserved communities...

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