Arts Council-funded cultural infrastructure
This report has been produced by the Arts Council England, and it was published in June 2020. It contains data gathered by the Arts Council and Ordnance Survey (OS). The report offers data about cultural buildings in England. It looks at where these cultural buildings are based in relation to high streets, deprived areas, residential areas, etc.; but also, what functions and roles they fulfil, such as entertainment, employment opportunities, and providing access to cafes or toilet facilities more generally.
The report offers data about cultural buildings in England. These include: National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs), including Sector Support Organisations (SSOs), Music Education Hubs (MEHs) and the spaces used by Creative People and Places (CPP) projects.
This report highlights that: 75% of these cultural buildings in England are located within 5-minute walking distance, and 90% within a 15-minute walk. These include access to the visual arts, theatres, museums, etc., contributing to diverse and multifunctional centres. Similarly, 33% of these buildings are located in areas where there is employment deprivation, in areas that classify in the top 20% most deprived. In terms of access, 34% of all residential addresses are 15-minute walk away from one of these cultural building.
Beyond the cultural function these places fulfil, the report highlights that they are also key in employment generation. Furthermore, these buildings often contain other important facilities that contribute to liveable cities such as, cafes, bars, restaurants, toilets, bookshops, or educational facilities.