Professor Phil Redmond will chair a new Cultural Partnership to help put the whole Liverpool City Region on the map as a cultural hub of the North.
The UK City of Culture head and Mersey TV founder will lead the initiative as it aims to build on the creative success Liverpool has achieved since its Capital of Culture year and encourage exhibitions to tour the whole of the city region rather than being based in one location.
It is also hoped existing activities, events and initiatives will be able to attract as wide an audience as possible through maximised promotion.
The Cultural Partnership also plans to “enable everyone to engage with and prosper from culture in its widest form,” be that through science, the arts or entrepreneurialism; and link learning, skills development and knowledge retention to prepare future workforces for technological changes.
Over the next two years, the Cultural Partnership plans to focus on creating a vision of a “sustainable and vibrant cultural economy”; working with funders and investors to make the most of funding available; working with partners on initiatives in health, education, policing, regeneration and business; and world-class events and activities.
Mayor of Liverpool and chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Joe Anderson, says: “I am clear that the whole region needs to work better and smarter together to make the most of cultural and creative funding, and use it to make the biggest impact it possibly can.
“We were the only city region in the UK to negotiate culture as part of our devolution agreement and the Cultural Partnership will be vital in delivering that element of the deal.”
Professor Phil Redmond adds: “In the 1980’s, only 30 years ago, the Maritime Museum was the first symbol of hope in the Albert Dock when it became the first stage of the waterfront’s regeneration. The Museum of Liverpool is the latest, and in 2018 Tate will be celebrating 30 years in Liverpool.
“All of this seems like no time at all and just as it seems like the time is right to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Liverpool’s time as UK Host to the European Capital of Culture programme, it also feels the right time to start the cultural debate about what sort of city region we can forge with that same sort of collaborative effort.”