Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders are a group drawn from the City’s major arts and cultural organisations. We are working together to embed art and culture in the development of Greater Cambridge.

Our Purpose

Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders seek to develop arts and culture in Greater Cambridge by taking a strategic and long term approach to its development, for the benefit of the people that live and work here, its growing population and those that visit.

Our Vision: Inspiring Cambridge

Inspiring Cambridge, our vision statement, was launched in 2014. It sets out four key ambitions for the group:

  • Connecting the whole community through arts and cultural activity
  • Exploiting our rich cultural assets to become a world-leading location for cultural learning and innovation
  • Contributing to the city’s sustainable growth
  • Developing a creative welcome, making Cambridge’s excellent cultural offer more easily accessible.

Core Activities

Working together, the Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders group aims to:

  • share strategic thinking about the development of a high-quality arts and cultural offer for the city and Greater Cambridge
  • raise the profile and visibility of Cambridge’s arts and cultural offer
  • develop a collective voice for the interests of arts and culture and their audiences
  • increase the connectivity of the arts and cultural sector in the city by sharing information and intelligence
  • provide a forum to engage with stakeholders and influence the development of key policies
  • join together with partners to support collective projects as they arise.

The arts and culture have a vital role to play in the shaping of the city and wider region. We have a tradition of innovation, and the cultural sector is an essential part of sustaining that creativity and providing inspiration for its future.


The members of the Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders have a collective turnover well in excess of £30,000. We employ over 350 people, work with nearly 2000 volunteers, and provide events and activities for over 2.5 million visits a year. To put this in context, the population of Cambridge was just over 125,000 in the 2011 census, including around 25,000 students.

The group comprises directors from (in alphabetical order):

Academy of Ancient Music
Anglia Ruskin University
Britten Sinfonia
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cambridge City Council
Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Literary Festival
Cambridge Live
Cambridge Music Festival
Cambridgeshire County Council
Fitzwilliam Museum
Kettle’s Yard
Museum of Cambridge
University of Cambridge Museums
University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team
Wysing Arts Centre

Join us

We are keen to speak to people who share our ambitions and aspirations.

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