The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value has conducted a 12 month inquiry into how Britain can secure greater value from its cultural and creative assets. Launched in November 2013, the Commission has been culturally led and academically informed. It has reviewed a wide range of inputs and analysis, including:
• Insights from those knowledgeable about culture: those who make, market, consume, teach, learn, and enjoy art.
• Four Commissioner evidence days, which explored themes including education and talent, and valuing and investing in culture.
• Three high-profile public debates, including contributions from Robert Peston, Sir John Sorrell, Graham Sheffield CBE and Munira Mirza, amongst others.
• Targeted evidence and research reviews from key staff across the University of Warwick.
Who are we?
The Warwick Commission Model
The Warwick Commission was established by the University of Warwick in 2007 with the aim of drawing on the scholarly expertise of Warwick academics as well as practitioners and policy makers to address issues of global importance.
In the best traditions of intellectual discovery, the Warwick Commissions are charged with carrying out independent analysis of a particular issue with the goal of making practical and realistic recommendations about how to move it forward.
The aim of the Commissions is to make thought provoking contributions to the debate thereby assisting policymakers to find solutions to sometimes seemingly intractable problems. The activities of the Commission and its Reports are intended as an exercise in public policy informed by rigorous scholarly and analytical thinking.
The History of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value
The current Warwick Commission grew out of another Warwick arts initiative, the Warwick Creative Exchange (WCE). Bringing academic staff from twelve departments across all four faculties together with practitioners from 15 West Midlands cultural organisations, WCE aims to develop interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchanges between the University and the West Midlands cultural community.
Arising from an exchange of information about their work objectives and areas of interest, the participants initially identified five research themes as summing up their main research interests and concerns. These were:
1. The Real Value of Arts and Culture;
2. Rethinking Impact and Evaluation;
3. Performances and Audiences in the Digital Era;
4. Reconnecting Classical and Contemporary;
5. Professionalism and Participation.
As the project developed, the first two of these themes were refined down to one: ‘Rethinking Value – Revaluing the Arts’. It was at a conference session on this subject of value that the suggestion was made for a Warwick Commission specifically focused on cultural value, a suggestion that was enthusiastically endorsed by those present.
As it has progressed, the Commission has maintained strong links with the Warwick Creative Exchange and many of our academic members continue to work on both projects.
To find out more about the Warwick Creative Exchange, visit their website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/warwickcreativeexchange/