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Arts Council chief visits Carlisle

L-R: Darren Crossley, Mike Osborne, Prof Julie Mennell, Sir Nicholas Serota, Jane Beardsworth and Roddy Hunter.

[T]he chair of Arts Council England has visited Carlisle (Jun 18) to hear how a collaboration aimed at nurturing the arts and culture in the city is developing.

Sir Nicholas Serota accompanied by Jane Beardsworth director of the Arts Council North met Prof Julie Mennell University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor and Institute of the Arts director Roddy Hunter along with Mike Osborne director of Arup in Cumbria and Darren Crossley deputy chief executive of Carlisle City Council.

The meet came six months after Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley spent two days visiting Carlisle and Ambleside. Money from the Arts Council helped launch the Carlisle Cultural Consortium, a collaboration between the University of Cumbria, Prism Arts, Tullie House and Carlisle City Council.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Sir Nicholas to the Brampton Road campus and to update him on our continuing plans, particularly around art and culture in the city and region,” Roddy Hunter said. “Sir Nicholas was very pleased to hear that the Carlisle Cultural Consortium is up and running and details of the activities we are planning with our partners. All helped through the support of the Arts Council.”

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