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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

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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Arts and civic engagement toolkit

As part of the Animating Democracy programme from Americans for the Arts they have created a suite of tools to help...

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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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Deep Dive location studies

Posted by Sam Cairns

We are pleased to announce we will be working with What Next? Chapters in Sunderland, Basingstoke, Nottingham,Yarmouth and...

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