The government has announced the details of a new £15m cultural fund to help towns and cities build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North. The exhibition will be held in Newcastle and Gateshead next summer and the new Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund will be available to towns and cities across the region invest in cultural projects, such as renovating live venues and building start-up centres. The first round of bids will be coordinated by the local enterprise partnerships in Cheshire and Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Humber, Lancashire, Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, North East, Sheffield City Region, Tees Valley, York and North Yorkshire and East Riding. According to the guidance notes, the fund is looking to support projects that ‘make demonstrable, lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces’ and benefit areas that have ‘historically had low levels of cultural and creative investment’. The … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart