Arts Council England (ACE) and Durham University are to set up a two-year investigation into “what happens when children experience arts and culture”. The ‘Durham Commission’ will culminate in recommendations for education and industrial strategy.
An evidence review and new commissioned research will inform a report, set for spring 2019, which will be used in conjunction with ACE’s 25-year talent plan to shape the national funder’s upcoming ten-year strategy.
“There’s a broad consensus in society about the importance of nurturing creativity in our children. However, there remain questions about the most effective way to do that in our education system,” said Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England.
“In supporting the Durham Commission we hope it will generate new proposals for unlocking that creativity in the next generation.”