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Carlisle Culture Launch

Carlisle Culture, a partnership working to harness the rich arts, heritage and culture of the city for our future sustainability and growth, will be launched on Tuesday 19 February.

The launch of Carlisle Culture at 12pm at The Vallum Gallery, Brampton Road campus, University of Cumbria provides an opportunity to come and meet the team behind this exciting development opportunity for Carlisle. The launch event will link in with a programme of Carlisle Culture Conversations. Tickets are available for the launch event at or by following the link at

Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, University of Cumbria and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust came together last year to form an interim steering group to steer forward a strategic framework for arts and culture-led development in the city-region of Carlisle. The work towards Carlisle Culture is financially supported by Arts Council England and match-funded by consortium member organisations. A series of public consultation events – Carlisle Culture Conversations – will result in a culture framework for the city. A Culture Consortium spokesperson said:

“We want to do more to maximise the potential of our city’s cultural assets – to benefit local communities and to attract more visitors in to the city, as well as to stimulate growth in the creative industries, digital sector, and local and regional economy more broadly. There is huge potential to use culture to regenerate Carlisle and the wider region and the public consultation process will help to put that to the test.”

Held in February and March 2019, a programme of Carlisle Culture Conversations events will provide a public platform for consultation, debate and information exchanges linked to four culture themes. The four inter-linking culture themes and event dates are as follows:

Tuesday 19 February 1.30pm – 4pm, University of Cumbria – Arts + Culture for Health & Wellbeing – Nominated Theme Champion: Darren Crossley, Deputy Chief Executive, Carlisle City Council. Tickets available from:

Thursday 28 February 9.15am – 12.15pm, Business Interaction Centre, Paternoster Row – Programme + Place – Nominated Theme Champion: Catherine Coulthard, Chief Executive, Prism Arts. Tickets available from:

Tuesday 12 March 9.30am – 12noon, University of Cumbria, Creative + Culture Economy – Nominated Theme Champion: Roddy Hunter, Director of the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria.
Friday 29 March 9.30am-12noon, Tullie House – Creative Learning – Nominated Theme Champion: Andrew Mackay, Director, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust.

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