Lancaster Arts Partnerships

As a relatively small arts team, our activity is enhanced and supported through a network of partners and supporting consortia. Our key partners are listed below together with some of the networks with whom we are currently working to maximise the reach and benefit of our activity locally and nationally:

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)

LICA is Lancaster University's Arts & Design School providing high quality academic teaching and research in fine art, design, theatre and film on campus. Lancaster Arts work on a day to day basis with our colleagues at LICA providing a linked programme of public facing and sector informed arts activity.

Imagination Lancaster and HighWire 

As well as Lancaster Arts, LICA links to two other public-facing organisations. Imagination and HighWire are both research informed collectives showcasing Lancaster University's design and digitally-led thinking in the public realm.  

Lancaster Arts Partners (LAP)

We are member of LAP, ensuring a strategic and joined up cultural offer for Lancaster, Morecambe and the district. LAP deliver the Lancaster Arts City initiative, which includes Light Up The Streets (Light Up Lancaster), an app that lists Lancaster arts events and the First Fridays programme of arts activities which run in city on the first Friday of every month. Current members are Lancaster Arts, The Dukes, More Music, Ludus Dance, Green Close Studios, Litfest, Storey G2, Lancaster Music Festival and the Lancaster Youth Arts Partnership (including Aspire and Lancashire YPS)

Arts Organisations within Higher Education

We are member of a new consortium of arts organisaitons who share similarly linked University circumstances. Current members are Pontio (Bangor), Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea), Embrace (Leicester), LPAC (Lincoln), Derby Theatre, ICIA Bath, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Gardyne Theatre (Dundee), Ulster Bank Belfast Festival, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drams (Cardiff), Penisula Arts (Plymouth), Ivy Arts (Surrey), Gulbenkian (Canterbury), Turner Sims & Jon Hansard (Southampton), Lakeside (Nottingham), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Macrobert (Sterling), Northcott Theatre (Exeter) and Warwick Arts Centre. The group comes together on a regular basis to support best practice and help develop sustainable models for the future

North x NW

North by NorthWest is a network of publicly funded visual arts organisations who have come together to support, promote and develop the contemporary visual arts in Lancashire and Cumbria. Established in 2009 North by NorthWest consists of twelve member organisations of different sizes, structures and offers. NxNW is a regional sub-division of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN). 

North x NW have published a report on the value of the contemporary arts in Lancashire and Cumbria (23/09/11)

Live Art UK (LAUK) and Live Art North West (LANWest)

We are a core member of both networks ensuring joined up and sustainable development opportunities for artists working in hybrid, interdisciplinary and hard to define areas of performance practice. Current members are Arnolfini (Bristol), The Arches (Glasgow), Arts Admin (London), Battersea Arts Centre, The Basement (Brighton), The Bluecoat (Liverpool), Cambridge Junction, Chelsea Theatre, Chapter (Cardiff), Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art (Leeds), Contact Manchester, Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Forest Fringe, hÅb (Manchester), Hatch (Nottingham), Home Live Art (London), In Between Time (Bristol), London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Live Art Development Agency (LADA), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Performance Space (London), SPILL (Ipswich / London), Wunderbar (Newcastle)