CULTURE RESET: reimagining the future of arts and culture

The new subsidised programme will enable nearly 200 people to rethink their work and boost relevance and impact
25 jun 2020

Arts and Culture are self-organising for survival right now. But what are we fighting for? A return to how things were or a fundamental reset?

Introducing Culture Reset: an urgent programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices. Launched today, the practical rapid response programme is accepting applications until 5pm on 9 July.

Why now?

Born out of the devastating impact of Covid-19 and inspired by the urgent need to accelerate change and respond to the experiences of a broader diversity of people, it will provide expert support and dynamic stimulus for 192 arts and cultural producers, makers and directors across the UK.

Each participant will leave the programme with an expert and peer-reviewed action plan to reset their creative approach – it could be for a specific project, for their general artistic practice, or across an entire organisation.

Who is involved?

Culture Reset is a people make it work project funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and the people make it work team. The Foundation is supporting this initiative as part of our work on the Civic Role. We are currently focused on strengthening the arts and cultural sector to respond to immediate community needs and prioritise relevance in a post-Covid-19 world. 

The programme is being led by Claire Doherty and David Micklem. It will be delivered by people make it work and a brilliant team of facilitators and contributors from across the spectrum of the cultural sector.

Who is it for?

Culture Reset is open to all artforms and to participants who have a proven track record of making a difference in the arts and cultural sector. 

The programme is particularly keen to receive applications from people working outside of major urban centres, from those from or working with under-represented communities, people of colour, from people working in contexts beyond the formal, or with artists and forms that are outside of the scope of funded activity, and from disabled and D/deaf creatives.

Applicants may be furloughed, freelance, currently unemployed or working full or part time within an organisation. You must be available for a four-week intensive (up to 10 hours a week) either: 20 July – 14 August 2020 or 17 August – 11 September 2020.

How do I apply?

Applications are open until 5pm on Thursday 9 July. The programme runs 20 July to 11 September 2020. Full information including eligibility criteria and application pack available at


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