£2.5m investment in new 'Centre for Cultural Value' announced.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has announced new funding for the creation of a collaborative Centre for Cultural Value, the first of its kind in the UK.

  • The centre will be funded with a five-year, £2.5m investment by the AHRC, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England (ACE)
  • The establishment of the Centre follows on from a newly published report,
    ‘The Cultural Value Scoping project'. 
  • Call expected to open on 30/09/2018. Full details will be available on the AHRC website in September 2018.


The AHRC funds independent researchers in a wide range of subjects including: the creative and performing arts, design, digital content & heritage.

The Centre for Cultural Value announcement follows conclusions from a new AHRC report, ‘The Cultural Value Scoping project'. The project consulted 200 people across the arts and culture sector, funding organisations & academia. The project found a pressing challenge in understanding cultural value is in creating communities of interest and practice. As a result, the report recommends that a new entity - a Collaborative Centre for Cultural Value - is set up.

The aim of the Centre for Cultural Value will be to advance understanding of the value of arts and culture in the UK and abroad. It will present how this value is being captured and encourage organisations to act on that knowledge.
— https://ahrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/funding-announced-for-new-collaborative-centre-for-cultural-value/

Further reading

Full details of the funding call Centre for Cultural Value will be published on the AHRC website in September 2018. The deadline for applications is expected to be in November 2018.

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