Priorities of the UK’s new Culture Minister: Success, access and synthesis
The Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock set out his priorities for the creative industries on Friday at an event at BFI Southbank convened by the Creative Industries Federation. He described these as “Success, Access and Synthesis”.
Success in ensuring that the economic strengths of the creative industries are recognised in the government’s industrial strategy. Access in that the economy should draw on creative talent whatever its gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background and that culture should cater for all. And Synthesis in that the UK should further develop the “symbiotic relationship between technology and culture.” In fact, for the Minister digital technologies featured prominently in all three priority areas.
For organisations like Nesta, that have long believed that digital technologies are a game changer for culture, this is music to our ears, and a welcome sign of continuity from the great emphasis placed on digital technologies by the previous Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey.
Matt Hancock mentioned experiments in the sector in dynamic ticket pricing, digitised collections and live streaming – all areas where Nesta has done extensive work, through our research and in our practical experiments supported through our Digital R&D Fund for the Arts with the Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
We look forward to continue working with the government, funders and cultural institutions to devise ways that policy can best support innovation in the sector.