Culture& is an independent arts and education charity formed in 1988 and based in London. Formerly known as Cultural Co-operation, we work in partnership with arts and heritage institutions and artists to develop programmes that promote diversity in the workforce and expand audiences. We aim to open up the arts and heritage sectors through workforce initiatives and public programmes. Our New Museum School programme, in collaboration with A New Direction supported and by the Heritage Lottery Fund is being delivered with Art UK, Bletchley Park Trust, English Heritage, Keats House – City of London, London Metropolitan Archives – City of London, Magnum Photos, Museum of London, the National Trust, Pitzhanger Abbey, Royal Collection Trust, the Southbank Centre and William Morris Gallery – London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The New Museum School provides one-year accredited traineeships, developing diverse talent in arts and heritage careers, leading to an RQF Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage. We are moving in a new artistic direction, working with contemporary artists, curators and collections in new and dynamic projects, engaging new voices and venues, tackling diversity through the arts with groundbreaking projects and collaborations. In the past three years, we have commissioned a range of cross arts projects with leading contemporary artists and performers — including a collaboration with composer Jocelyn Pook and the London International Gospel Choir for the 2017 New Music Biennial and Hull City of Culture, and a collaboration with Peter Edwards for ‘Thelonious Monk: Modernist Pioneer’ at the British Library. In 2018 we commissioned a work by Racheal Ofori for her play ‘Detangled‘ that explored gentrification of London’s localities through black hair culture, and Jocelyn Pook’s ‘Hysteria‘ on the theme of mental health. This year our projects have included Cyborgs, which explored the boundaries we perceive between human and non-human, or between races, genders or classes. Additionally, The Memory Archives worked to animate the Culture& archives in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives and the Friends of the Huntley Archives. The project aimed to address key mental health, wellbeing and diversity issues, using archival material as a memory stimulating device in order to highlight the experiences of diaspora and cultural dislocation. Our well-established programme of public activities encourages high quality engagement with the world’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, whilst promoting intercultural contact, dialogue and understanding.