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Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders are a group of individuals drawn from our major arts and cultural organisations who 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. Since the launch of the Inspiring Cambridge vision in 2014 we have been working to develop the relationships and networks that will enable us to deliver on our aims and aspirations.

We have an ambitious work plan for the next three years and are keen to work with groups and individuals who share our vision.

Our Vision

Arts and culture are a vital part of thriving communities. Cambridge has a high quality arts and cultural offer and a rich cultural heritage. The city is well placed to develop its cultural offer for the benefit of all those who live and work here, its growing population and those that visit the city.

Core Activities

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

  • share strategic thinking about the development of 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.

As its first action,  Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders, consulting with the wider cultural sector in the city, developed Inspiring Cambridge, a shared vision for the potential of arts and culture to take a leading role in the future of Cambridge and its surroundings

Inspiring Cambridge – Making arts and culture central to a successful, sustainable future

Inspiring Cambridge sets out four key ambitions

  •     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 sustainable growth
  •     developing a creative welcome, making the city’s excellent cultural offer more easily accessible.

Working in partnership

We are interested in speaking to people who share our ambitions and aspirations.

For further information about Inspiring Cambridge


The members of the Cambridge Arts and Leaders have a collective turnover well in excess of £30 million, 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 under 125,000 in the 2011 census, including around 25,000 students.

Members of Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders Group

The Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders comprises directors from (listed alphabetically):

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