Culture for all Londoners – the Mayor’s Culture Strategy - sets out the Mayor’s vision to sustain London’s position as a global cultural capital and ensuring that every Londoner feels the benefits of the capital’s artistic riches and diverse heritage. After a public consultation between 23 March 2018 and 19 June 2018, the full strategy is now published.
Over 1,600 of you responded on surveys and discussions on Talk London. The policy team have reviewed your feedback, input from stakeholder organisations and findings from London-wide representative polling. As a result, the final strategy shows the connections between cultural programmes and health and wellbeing, as well as the role of culture and social integration In addition, a new section on the importance of libraries and archives was added too.
Thanks again to all of you that took part. Here is a summary of your views on the strategy:
The vast majority of Talk London members had done something cultural in the last 6 months. The most common activities are visiting an art gallery or museum (77%), an iconic landmark or building (70%), attending a live performance at the theatre, opera or ballet (66%), going to the cinema or to a bar/nightclub.
Most of you feel you are making the most of London’s cultural offering; 59% agree compared to 25% who disagree. The main reasons you feel you are not making the most out of London’s cultural offering are not enough free time (40%), and the cost of cultural activities (40%). Just 4% of you say you are not interested in London’s cultural offerings at all.
Culture in local areas
Many of you highlighted that culture in your local area is just as important as things that take place in central London. Talk Londoners most want to see more art in public spaces, support for smaller museums and help for community-led projects. The Culture Seeds project allocates micro grants of between £1k - £5k. London’s first-ever Borough of Culture will be in Waltham Forest in 2019 and Brent in 2020, shining a light on outer London Boroughs.
Talk Londoners think that the biggest challenge for culture in London is local arts centres, libraries and community centres closing down (55% of Talk London respondents chose this from a list of 9).
Art in public spaces
Talk Londoners are an observant bunch. 7-in-10 of you have seen art or culture in public spaces recently, compared to 3-in-10 of the whole population.
Talk London respondents are also very supportive of more art and culture in public spaces. 85% of respondents to Talk London support this idea, compared to 62% of all Londoners.
Culture and creative industries
You chose supporting venues and workplaces used for culture in London as the most important part of the Culture Strategy. Your main priorities are a culture map of London, developing creative enterprise zones, and investing in culture in local high streets and local areas.
50% of you picked out the high cost of workspaces (50%) for creative businesses as a major challenge for London. A Culture at Risk office at City Hall will help to measure and halt the loss of creative spaces like art studios and music venues, while Creative Enterprise Zones across 6 boroughs will support new creative businesses and artists to build a local base.
Thanks again for joining in and sharing your views!