We work creatively with people to give ideas legs. Our vision is to be the go-to company for engaging audiences in fabulous cultural offerings online, outdoors, or on their doorstep. Our mission is to put Lancashire on the cultural map.

We believe that everyone should have a fair share of cultural investment and services because we know that people have better lives through ready access and engaging in culture that is relevant to them. We do this by engaging people in community focused curation, commissioning and participation be it at home, online or through shared experiences in welcoming, local and accessible places. We work to continuously improve our service by testing, creating, evaluating and questioning the cultural offerings we deliver.

We will develop a Lancashire Cultural model by working for and with the people who live here to create and test a new approach to organising cultural offerings. The effect of which is felt:

Locally – This is where we make things happen. We are developing audiences, appetite, opportunities and artists in Lancashire and the North West. We listen to the people who live here, and in keeping with the county’s industrial heritage it’s where we create, test, evaluate and produce from.

Nationally – we share learnings with our partners across the UK, and prove there is another, better, way to work. We advocate for cultural equality and for a fair and equitable spread of funding. We speak at conferences, create case studies, and mentor other cultural organisations

Internationally – We are connected beyond the UK. We tour artists, we seek out partnerships, we communicate and share ideas. It is a two way street. We import and export learnings, artists and ideas.

Lancashire is where we hone our craft but the world is our oyster.

Our Values

We value working in equal partnership with partners, communities and artists. We strive to work with purpose, fairness and artistic integrity.

  • Co-creation & Collaboration – We value working in equal partnership with partners, communities and artists to create the most impact.
  • People – Our work is driven by the people involved with it not the art or the end product. Community focused curation and participation is our aim.
  • Experimentation – We believe in testing new ideas and methods. We see there can be just as much value in an idea failing as there is succeeding. We have a robust methodology for planning and evaluating our projects.
  • Cultural Equality – We work to ensure that everyone in Lancashire has access to a high quality cultural offering

 

We believe that:

  • Wherever you are you have the right to culture and equitable cultural investment
  • What we deliver should be fun and enjoyable
  • The work we do should make a difference to people’s lives
  • Encounters with Culturapedia should be inspiring
  • Working collaboratively is the best way to succeed

 

That may sound bold. But why be half hearted? We know through experience, that engagement with creativity can bring about change, development and evolution. It happened to us, and we see it happening to others.

“People are generally better at everything if they can live and work in their element” Professor Sir Ken Robinson


Culturapedia (kʌltʃʊrapi:diə)

(noun) Used only in the singular, though holding within it a vast plurality. In some usage indicating a small group of people being the repository of a vast knowledge, usually artistic or cultural. There being also the sense of this knowledge as essential to a full life; in Greek Epicurean sense of a good life, within and without, in the city and in the soul, and Aristotelian exploration of eudemonia (εὐδαιμονία), happiness through the cultivation of well-being and human flourishing. The word thus contains a very strong sense of the necessity of artistic/cultural elements in the development of the life and health of the individual, communities and society.

Culturapedist

(noun) One who may direct others in the great cultural quest. Generally taken as leading a group of culturapedes. Also one who connects all the various agencies, artistic traditions and needs of communities and individuals in the search for cultural development.

First usage January 2011. For etymology read Culturapedia definition.