Culture and creative activity
where there's growth and change
Culture enhances the quality of our lives and the places we
live in. Local distinctiveness and the energy and buzz of communities (cultural,
creative, economic and residential) and their neighbourhoods can also be quickly
and irreversibly damaged or destroyed by neglect, poor planning and ineffective
We devise and help deliver strategies for supporting strong local cultures and
distinctive places, with a long experience in working with communities under
greatest challenge from change and growth.
commissioned by the East London host boroughs (Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets,
Greenwich, Waltham Forest), London 2012 and Arts Council England identified
key themes and shared commitments to making local cultural activity and investment
one of the Olympic prizes.
We worked successfully
in Folkestone with the Creative
Foundation on three projects. DPA was lead advisor on the Foundation’s
3 year Arts Council England funded organisational development programme (Thrive!).
We enabled the early stages of Find
Your Talent project including writing the successful £1million funding
bid. Working with Prof Fred Grey, University of Sussex, we developed the framework
for the Creative Foundation's research and evaluation strategy