Published: 14th May 2012

2012 is shaping up to be an interesting year for culture in the UK. The 2012 Olympics and Cultural Olympiad are providing a welcome boost to attention and spending on culture and sport, but these are offset by continuing austerity, economic gloom and some rather Dads Army-esque political shenanigans over pasties, grannies and gay marriage. It would be easy to write culture off as a luxury of the past, no longer relevant in a time of such economic and political uncertainty. I started the year with a lot of questions about the impact of culture on regeneration. I wanted to know if local communities have really benefited from investment in culture, or that is a myth perpetuated by regeneration professionals? Armed with what I thought was a fair bit of experience and information, I put out a plea for thoughts and case studies through various networks to find out what … (To read the full article, subscribe below)