Arts in Rural European Areas- make our place a go-to place.

We want to make Lancashire a go-to county, not a go-through one. We always think the place we are is the centre of everything. Nobody wants to feel isolated, or left out. Lancashire has an immensely beautiful and diverse landscape from the dunes to the wild Pennine hills. Our communities are equally diverse. But it […]


A brief overview of how we’re working creatively with people to give ideas legs

  Lancashire is our home…   We’ve been putting our mission into action in the county we live in; by working with volunteers to curate events and increase the cultural offer of Lancashire’s small towns and villages, bringing live literature to pubs, enhancing the cultural events offer of Lancashire libraries, championing the arts through local […]


Research that is giving us legs

It has not been without stress but Culturapedia has weathered the COVID-19 Pandemic more or less intact. We may have been doing things differently over the past 16 months but we’ve kept busy. Two of the things that have kept me busy have been responding to how others have fared.  The first is a project […]


Spot On Lancashire 2020 digital commission

Following the success of our first ever digital commission in 2019, with the acclaimed ‘Hit the North’ by Matt Wilkinson, our digital commissioning panel is calling for artists to pitch to create something completely new for 2020. This will be the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over […]


Spot On Library touring commission

Culturapedia are commissioning a series of arts projects across Lancashire between now and March 2021. This library performing arts commission is our next element and focuses around the activity of Spot On Lancashire, our rural and library touring service. This commission is for a professional performance/installation with the subject matter drawn from female shopkeepers/owners and […]


Up-cycling old books into festival bunting

What do you do when you’re trying to make Burnley Literary Festival a bit more festive and you’ve acquired a load of old unwanted books? Up to now the festival has been, dare I say, a bit corporate. The normal merchandising stuff – roller banners, printed bunting, bookmarks, black hoodies and polo-shirts. Nowt wrong with […]


Spot On Lancashire named as finalists in the 2019 Lancashire Tourism Awards

We had some exciting news in the office this week. Spot On Lancashire has been named as a finalist in the 2019 Lancashire Tourism Awards in the cultural venue/organisation category. Spot On Lancashire is delivered by Culturapedia. It is the only arts organisation to cover the whole of Lancashire and next year will be celebrating […]


We’re living in a world that is obsessed by big data but that doesn’t relate to the rural areas of Lancashire. We can’t manage the arts using big data

Last weekend I was invited onto to a panel at the National Festival of Making as part of their talks programme co-ordinated by Creative Lancashire. I was also asked to write an article for thee talks brochure which I’ve reproduced below.  Is a festival the answer to fixing a broken and divided nation in a post […]


Why do we love engagement but feel a bit “yucky” about marketing?

  When I first joined Culturapedia, my job title was “Programmer and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Plugged In project” catchy, I know – my lanyards were HUGE. It was a title I was proud to have. It mixed the perfect blend of art and community, and importantly, to me at the time, was not […]


Student gigs in village halls?

  “Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.” Aaron Levenstein.   The above quote by Levenstein is certainly true. It is becoming increasingly apparent to us that geographical data can have the same effect. Researchers and data crunchers need to be careful. Flawed research is used […]