About People Place Power 2021

Joe Miles at CB Arts Village Mela 2019. Image: Hannah Metcalf

People Place Power is the 4th conference from the Creative People and Places Peer Learning and Communications programme.

Creative People and Places has people at its heart. It’s about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live. There are 30 independent Creative People and Places projects working in 33 places - each in areas where evidence shows that people are less involved in arts and cultural activities than elsewhere in England.

Developed by Arts Council England with an initial investment of £37m from the National Lottery, the first phase of the programme ran between 2013 and 2016. Art Council England supported a second phase of the programme which ran from 2016 and invested a further £17m in the existing projects to deliver new activity for a further three years, as well as investing in 6 new programmes. In 2021, Arts Council England announced that Creative People and Places had become part of the National Portfolio for the period 2022-2025. Find out more on the Arts Council's website.

Since 2013 there have been 4.5million engagements with people as part of the Creative People and Places programme. 

86% of people who participate in Creative People and Places were from neighbourhoods with low and medium levels of engagement in the arts.

National Peer Learning and Communications Programme

Creative People and Places was developed as an action research programme – with a commitment to experiment with new approaches to inspire and excite people about the arts.

Places are supported by a network of their peers and are learning from one another by openly sharing successes and challenges, supporting one another to problem solve, and by collaborating on projects.

Places come together for themed gatherings, which they shape and lead. For example, there have been events around artistic quality, marketing, talent development, social capital, engagement, artistic practice, cultural ecologies, activism and diversity. We also have an online networking platform, which Places use to share resources, ask questions and problem-solve.

The National Peer Learning and Communications programme is funded by Arts Council England