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 Brent Museum, Museum of Croydon, English Heritage, National Trust, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Museums Greenwich, Southbank Centre and the William Morris Gallery.
The New Museum School will provide 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 of working with contemporary artists and curators working with collections in new and dynamic projects, engaging new voices and venues and tackling diversity through the arts with groundbreaking projects and collaborations.
In the past year 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. We have also commissioned a new work by Racheal Ofori for 2018 and another new work from Jocelyn Pook on the theme of mental health. 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.