XTRAX to partner in the Staffordshire University-led Placemaking and Co-Creation Leadership Programme

XTRAX is delighted to announce that it will be a partner in the Staffordshire University-led Placemaking and Co-Creation Leadership Programme, supported by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund.

A total of £6m is being invested by Arts Council England in museums, libraries and arts across the country to help tackle skills gaps, a lack of diversity, and to support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of the sector. Drawing upon North Staffordshire and Cheshire East’s rich creative heritage, the Placemaking and Co-Creation Leadership Programme intends to develop leaders who will play a transformative role in the future of the arts.

Focussing on placemaking and co-creation, the programme will work with existing consortium networks, local authorities, higher education institutions and regional cultural organisations to address the needs of its rurally dispersed communities. The two-year project, beginning in January 2020, aims to reach communities perceived to have low cultural engagement and to identify a more diverse future talent pool of creative leaders. This will include working with existing organisations such as the Cultural Forum, B-Arts, Cheshire Dance, BCB, Appetite, Spare Parts, Voluntary Arts England, Arts&Heritage and the New Vic to support the creative talent already in the region.

The programme will involve residential stays, roundtable challenges and 1:1 coaching to develop knowledge and provide new skills covering a range of topics including business and digital skills, strategic partnership work, executive coaching and audience participation.

The project also aligns closely to the cultural strategies of project partners Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Cheshire East Council.

The Placemaking and Co-Creation Leadership Programme project partners are:

  • Staffordshire University (lead)
  • Staffordshire Coaching and Mentoring Hub (SCMH)
  • Keele University
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent & North-Staffordshire Chambers
  • Arts&Heritage
  • The Audience Agency
  • Voluntary Arts England
  • North Staffordshire BCB
  • B-Arts
  • New Vic Theatre
  • Appetite
  • Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Forum
  • Cheshire Dance
  • Spare Parts

For more information please visit the Staffordshire University website.