Cultural sector experts sought for key role in selection of programme for Lancashire 2025 bid

Posted on - 23rd August, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
Debbi Lander at the Launch of Lancashire 2025

The team at Lancashire 2025 is looking to recruit a panel of professional artistic and creative advisors from the cultural sector, to play an important role in the development of the county’s bid for UK City of Culture 2025.


The eight culture sector experts, who will form a Project Selection Group, will have experience in curating arts and cultures, programming for culture led regeneration and/or programming for major events with expertise and/or an interest in four discreet topics for cultural regeneration: Digital, Nature, Connection and Living.

The Project Selection Group will shortlist proposals that have been submitted to Lancashire 2025 through an open call for programme ideas, which has been running since April and closes on Tuesday 31 August.

They will apply their imagination and knowledge in curation, cultural regeneration and delivery of successful public events, to the selection process aimed at the creation of a winning bid programme for Lancashire.

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Debbi Lander, Bid Director of Lancashire 2025, said: “The success of the bid will be in large part due to the quality, ambition, appeal and deliverability of our programme – all aspects considered by curators, programmers and directors in cultural organisations and settings every day.

“To ensure the success of our bid and the transparency of the selection process we are now looking for experts inspired by our ambition to craft a new and inclusive identity as the Virtual City of Lancashire in which achievements and challenges offer tangible opportunities to re-imagine the emerging cities of the future, and re-invigorate the role that culture-led regeneration can play in realising this vision for regions throughout the UK and beyond.

“We believe their combined experience and expert eyes, cast across a wide range of new ideas for a programme developed on the theme of The Way We Live, with four discreet topics to inspire cultural regeneration through new ideas to deliver a step-change in: Living, Connection, Nature and Digital, will take us one step closer to winning UK City of Culture for Lancashire.”

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The successful candidates will be remunerated for their time, and meetings and discussions will be conducted online, opening the opportunity to individuals anywhere in the country.

The application deadline is Friday 3 September. Candidates must be available for the shortlisting period 24 September to 8 October.

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