Culture Cumbria AGM 28th November 2007 10.00am CREA, Redhills, Penrith Minutes 1 Present Sue Allan Eden Arts (& freelance) Karen Bassett University of Cumbria Laura Baxter University of Cumbria Carl Bendelow Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency James Berresford Northwest Regional Development Agency Doe Brannon Barrow Borough Council Kate Brundrett The Cumbria Network Dave Camlin SoundWave Euan Cartwright Cumbria Culture Nigel Catterson utropia Ltd Eamonn Coffey Publisher Mary Cooke Keswick Music Society Geoff Cox potfest Karl Creaser English Heritage Barrie Day OPUS 48 Jeanette Edgar Lakeland arts trust IRENE FAITH EDEN ARTS Ian Farren University of Cumbria Sue Fell Eden District Council guy forrester linden studio Richard Foster Old Laundry Theatre/ World of Beatrix Potter Patric Gilchrist Theatre by the Lake Mike Glover Westmorland Gazette Newspapers Anne Hallowell North of England Civic Trust Clare Hamilton Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre George Harris lanternhouse international Mark Hodgson Cumbria Vision Alistair Hudson grizedale arts Alan Jackson Dance Resource Ltd Nick Jones Cumbria Cultural Forum Debbie Keir Allerdale Borough Council Sandy Kitching Holker Estates Fay Lamb Culture Northwest Carol Leathley cumbria county council Joanne Ledwidge MLA North West Sam Mason Brewery Arts Centre Michael McGregor Wordsworth Trust Marna McMillin Southwaite Green Keith Morgan Eden District Council Andrew Mortimer Creative Partnerships Carole Nelson Sedbergh Book Town Ltd Cathy Newbery Peter Normington st2 Limited Mick North Carlisle City Council Taylor Nuttall Folly Carolyn Nuttall University of Cumbria- student Gillian Peel Prism Arts David Penn Mill Yard studios Hannah Stewart Freerange Artists Alan Sykes Karen Thompson Rosehill Arts Trust Ltd Peter Tyas Copeland Borough Council Penny Vowles Northern Rock Foundation Maxine Willett Mountain Heritage Trust Imelda Winters Lewis South Lakeland District Council Sandra Wood Audience Alliance Bruce Bennison Cumbria CC David Vaughan Bob Clark CREA Margaret Riches CAE Bob Pritchard Arts out West Nick Graham Heather Tipler Cumbria CC 2 Apologies Peter Hensman, Caroline McKeon, Mark Beveridge, Hilary Wade, Matt Burke, Charles Woodhouse, James Berresford, Peter Mearns 3 Chairs Report The Chair outlined the success and growth of Culture Cumbria and of the cultural sector in the county. He also looked forward to reporting next year not just on the success of the Culturalk Tourism marketing programme but also on the grant application to Cumbria Vision now under way. 4 Accounts Report Nick Jones presented a report on the income and expenditure of the organisation for 2007/8 and this was accepted by the AGM. 5 Board Elections The results of the election were reported and following the toss of a coin to resolve an equality of voting for the 20th place the following were elected to the Board for 2007/8: Sam Mason Brewery Arts Bruce Bennison Cumbria County Council Michael McGregor Wordsworth Trust Libby Raper Culture Northwest Sheona Southern Cumbria Tourism Elaine Wise Freelance Arts Consultant Hilary Wade Tullie House Museum Gillian Peel PRISM Arts Richard Foster Old Laundry Theatre and World of Beatrix Potter Andrew Lucas Lake District Summer Music Margaret Riches Cumbria Arts in Education Julie Tait Kendal Arts International David Vaughan Ex Principal, Cumbria Institute of the Arts Mark Hodgson Cumbria Vision Adam Sutherland Grisedale Arts Mark Beveridge Carlisle City Council Peter Tyas Copeland Borough Council Taylor Nuttall Folly Gallery Clare Hamilton Farfield Mill Sandra Wood Audience Alliance 6 Amendments to Constitution Amendments to the constitution as detailed in the report to the AGM were all approved as follows: • Name of the organisation to be Culture Cumbria • The Management Committee to be referred to throughout as “The Board” • Elected Board members to be allowed deputies but with observer status only. • Period of Office of elected members to be three years with election annually in Thirds (Note: at the end of the 2007/8 year of office 1/3 of Board members will be asked to volunteer to stand down and seek re- election (if they so choose). If insufficient volunteer lots will be drawn.) • Increase in seat available for co-options to eight (The revised constitution is available on the web site) 7 Presentations Presentations were received from: • Julie Seyler Co-Director of Cornwall's Creative Unit, a Council service that supports artists and creative businesses. It is led and supported by a sector based partnership. It intends to grow an effective, dynamic development infrastructure for the Creative and Cultural sector. It advocates the importance of creativity and culture to policy making at local, regional and national levels, and plans to make Cornwall Europe's first "Region of Culture". • Jane Blackburn Sector Executive(Culture & Tourism) for the Northumberland Strategic Partnership. She works with the Culture Sector Board and its partners, including Creative Partnerships, Northumberland Sport and Northumberland Tourism, to deliver the Northumberland Cultural Strategy. Initiatives include the Northumberland Strategic Arts Forum, Culture 10 Programme, and Heritage and Public Art Panels. Culture is recognised as a key cross cutting theme delivering many aspects of the County's Community Strategy. After extensive questions the Chair thanked the presenters for their inspirational contribution to our thinking. 8 Strategy for Culture Cumbria The meeting discussed a preliminary draft of a strategy aimed at: • bringing together Desire Lines, the Creative Industries report, the County Cultural Strategy etc • providing common objectives for cultural development across the county • encompassing social, environmental and economic aspects of culture. The ensuing discussion was set in the context of the presentations from Julie Seyler and Jane Blackburn plus an introduction by Mark Hodgson to the bid currently being considered by Cumbria Vision for £4.5m over three years match funding support for the economic potential of the sector. It was stressed that this funding was by no means secure. Various issues were raised: • need to manage expectations • need to understand that cultural activities often operate at an economic and at a community level at the same time and a purely economic objective for investment may be unrealistic • availability of research by John Myerscough as a possible baseline for activity in the county • need to find matching funding for any CV funding and the difficulty of finding that in Cumbria • need to comply with the emerging strategy and the need for transparency in the process of determining what to support • value of sharing ideas amongst stakeholders to avoid duplication and develop partnerships • need to engage with big organisations not presently part of Culture Cumbria • need for a strong voice to advocate for the sector It was reported that we need to start collecting information about potential projects and a preliminary form would be circulated to all stakeholders immediately.
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