The London Culture Forum brings together officers from across London’s 33 local authorities, with additional cultural representatives from key agencies operating in the capital.
Membership includes officers from all London local authority cultural services – across arts, culture, events, libraries and heritage – and representatives from organisations including Arts Council England, the Greater London Authority (GLA), London Councils and London & Partners.
The officers who attend the Forum have responsibility for a wide range of local cultural services including programming festivals, delivering workshops and participatory events, commissioning public art, working with local social, health and economic development agendas and supporting local arts and culture organisations and creative businesses through capacity building and other support services. Many officers also have responsibility for running arts venues such as theatres, museums and galleries.
The Forum’s aims are to:
- develop and promote local authority arts and cultural provision across the capital
- share information and good practice
- identify areas for collaboration
- support advocacy work for local arts and culture services
- embed a clear role for arts and culture in wider agenda.
The Forum is led by an Advisory Board, which currently includes:
Nick Bodger, City of London
Tracey Sage, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Jen Wood, London Borough of Southwark
Sara O’Donnell, Enable Leisure & Culture (London Borough of Wandsworth)
Carol Boswarthack, Association of London Chief Librarians
Sophie Lancaster, Arts Council England
Clive Lyttle, Arts Council England
Lucia Masundire, Greater London Authority
Spike van der Vliet-Firth, London Councils
The Forum holds regular meetings to debate a wide range of topics with input from external speakers. It also has a monthly newsletter, the Noticeboard, which members can contribute to. If you are interested in joining the Forum or receiving the newsletter, please email Spike van der Vliet-Firth.
You can also find out more about what we do in the Forum's "About Us" document which can be downloaded at the link on the right of the page.