Ealing Council Plans Cultural Manifesto

Seeking residents' views on the creative sector in the borough

Elephant made out of batteries in Hanwell is an example of the public art the council wishes to encourage

Ealing Council is developing a cultural manifesto and renewal plan that aims to develops the arts, culture and heritage of the borough.

It is intended to provide a clear focus and direction for both the council and Ealing’s creative sector.

The plan is being developed by the Culture Task Group, a group of 16 individuals and organisations, representing the creative arts in Ealing, who joined with the council to co-develop the manifesto.

Ealing has a rich tradition of culture, from Ealing Studios to activities such as the Ealing Summer Festivals, which this year start on 9 July with the Acton Carnival.

The Culture Task Group is looking for local residents, businesses and organisations to give their views. The consultation will be open until 19 August, but there will also be three Youth Collectives in Acton, Greenford and Northolt to engage directly with young people in the borough. Dates and locations will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for thriving communities commented, “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on culture and the creative and night-time industries but it has also shown the invaluable contribution that culture can make to revitalise places, support economic recovery and bring connection and support to our communities.

“Together with the Culture Task Group, we will develop an exciting vision and action plan which will promote excellence and accessibility to our arts, culture and heritage offer, and provides growth, resilience and sustainability of our creative economy and skills.”

A creative installation will also travel across the borough to the seven towns from early July, which aims to be a conversation starter and chance to provide very local views on art and culture.

“I encourage everyone to get involved in this consultation” said Councillor Anand. “Whether you take part online or directly through the local interactive activity, your ideas and views are very welcome.”

Beyond the development of the cultural manifesto, if you would like to be engaged or be kept informed on opportunities around arts, culture and creativity, you can join the Ealing Arts & Culture Network. This is open to everyone living or working in the Ealing creative sector. The network shares job and funding opportunities as well as other relevant information. The group meets a couple of times a year with external invited speakers. For more information on the network and how to join, email Culture@Ealing.gov.uk.


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June 29, 2022