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A new, Torbay-wide, strategic approach to culture-led programming that amplifies and grows Torbay's cultural assets.
We’re seeking to make Torbay even more attractive to residents, visitors and businesses. We wish to develop our reputation for innovative, community-driven arts and heritage in unusual places and spaces and help our cultural venues to thrive. Ultimately, we want to be on the map as a great cultural centre and creative coast.
We need to grow and widen audiences for arts and heritage, increasing participation to help residents feel connected to and proud of this place and sharing with visitors our sense of what makes Torbay unique. We’re working to build our reputation for excellent arts and culture programming and make it easily accessible, tackling the gap between our fairly culturally-engaged visitors and less-engaged residents. Our significant older population and relatively high proportion of disabled residents means ensuring suitable physical access is also a key issue whilst we must not ignore Torbay’s many young people. We must support and empower our communities to encourage greater local involvement. Our relative lack of ethnic diversity amongst residents and visitors makes it important to ensure an especially diverse range of arts and culture practitioners in creative programming. Culture can be Torbay’s window on the world.
We also need to get much better at celebrating and commercialising all our cultural assets, with a mass exploration of our built, natural and intangible heritage. We must work with and develop local talent, local venues and partners, as well as introducing external sources of expertise and advice so that our stronger cultural programme leads to a stronger, more resilient cultural sector and can become sustainable through ticket sales, grant income and fundraising.
The task is to put Torbay on the map as a creative centre and connect residents to the 22 miles of coast and the place where they live, by:
Through the Cultural Programme, we will:
The Cultural Programme is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of Torbay's Great Place Scheme.
The outline timescales for this project are:
December 2017 - February 2018: Appointment of Creative Direction (complete)
March 2018 - March 2020: Development and delivery of Cultural Programme (underway)
April - June 2020: Evaluation of Cultural Programme