Introducing the Arts Policy Hub

A4L’s Arts Policy Hub is in development.

What A4L proposes advocacy, evidence and argument for strengthening the role of culture in cultural policy and in support of other Labour priorities and policy areas.

The Arts Policy Hub has three sets of policy related documents:

Labour’s 2017 manifestos  for the UK, Scotland and Wales.

Sections focusing on aspects of cultural policy, with links to research and examples of progressive, cultural democratic practice. We propose sections on

  • Culture, Arts and Education
  • Diversity, Opportunity and Access
  • Funding cultural democratic priorities, including Local Authorities and the national cultural infrastructure
  • Planning for stronger local cultures.
  • Heritage, Museums and Libraries
  • Media Literacy

Blogs and articles on cultural democracy,  and links to related cultural democracy sites


National Policy Review

Labour Party’s National Policy Forum  was consulting on policy areas for the next manifesto until 24 June 2018.  This has now closed. See

Culture was part of the Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission which was tasked with leading Labour’s policy development on the environment, food and rural affairs, energy and climate change, and culture, media and sport.

Nearly all submissions were environment, energy and climate change.  It is not clear whether or when the NPF will say about culture and what that might be.

Culture is a matter devolved to  the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2017 the culture manifestos in Scotland and Wales  very largely mirrored the UK manifesto.