Securing the future of arts and culture in the Lancaster district

Lancaster City Council has agreed to support  the development and delivery of a new business plan for the Dukes as the theatre looks to secure a sustainable financial future.

Members of the city council’s Cabinet met on Tuesday (March 5) to discuss the recent announcement from the Dukes that the theatre is developing a new business model.

As a major funder, in addition to its overall support for arts and culture in the district, they agreed that the council should provide support to the Dukes in this period of transition. 

Council officers will now work with their counterparts at the theatre to investigate a range of support measures that will secure its long-term future.

At the same time councillors agreed to consult on a new policy that will enshrine its support for arts and culture in the district, as well as acting as a guide to where future investment should be directed.

The draft policy sets out the council’s strategic aims and framework for arts and culture that reflects its priorities and aspirations but ensures a strategic and transparent approach that maximises outcomes and provides value for money.

A range of arts and culture providers will now be asked for their views before the final policy is adopted by the council.

Coun Darren Clifford, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The exceptional arts and culture offering in our district marks us out from other towns and cities. 

"The council  plays an important role supporting arts and culture. The new Arts and Cultural Policy will guide its investment and support and, along with steps to secure the long term future of the Dukes, this demonstrates the council’s commitment to arts, culture and heritage.

“I look forward to the opportunity to talk with all of our partners in future months including the Winter Gardens and More Music as well as the Dukes, the Grand and many others to ensure the council’s support is fair to everybody.”

Last updated: 06 March 2019