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CAH event in Barnsley

Culture, Arts and Heritage Report

About the project

This project and final report arose from an invitation to tender from South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) in late 2021 “to devise, manage and run an engagement process across the creative sectors across South Yorkshire and offer recommendations for future areas of priority and action.”

Central to its purpose was the ambition outlined in SYMCA’s Strategic Economic Plan 2021-2041, which states that “to realise our full potential, we need a transformational programme of investment in our cultural and creative assets.”

Working with partners The Fourth Sector, we coordinated a region-wide consultation process involving people, groups and organisations working or volunteering in the Cultural, Arts and Heritage (CAH) sectors in South Yorkshire. This included one-on-one chats, roundtable events and an online survey for those in CAH sectors in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

We made a large number of recommendations to SYMCA for CAH in the region, finding that there is vast potential within South Yorkshire for more joined-up thinking, leadership and co-creation.

“The work of the CAH sector coheres pride, place and person where they are. Often grounded in particular places and in service to those communities, their work is integral to the social bonds which bind us as a region. CAH has a unique and innovative role to play in how we define and redefine ourselves amid the rapidly changing contexts and challenges of the world and region we live in.”

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The Fourth Sector

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