INT4 (PP) - Delivering a distinctive, dynamic cultural centre of regional, national and international renown

This policy is part of the Plymouth Plan which was approved by Plymouth City Council Full councillors on 27/02/2017.

The City will support a thriving arts and cultural sector and promote Plymouth’s reputation at a national and international level by:

  1. Developing a major international cultural programme stimulating trade and investment with cities in Europe, the United States and China.
  2. Establishing three cultural hubs in the following general locations:
      1. The City Centre/Waterfront (including the Theatre Royal, Drake Leisure and The Box, The Barbican/Sutton Harbour and The Hoe).
      2. Royal William Yard including Ocean Studios/The Cooperage and emerging Melville Building venues.
      3. Devonport (centred around Devonport Guildhall, Market building, and Plymouth Music Zone and Music Hub)
  3. Supporting the cultural hubs and the places that connect the hubs as locations where it will be easier for people to occupy temporarily vacant spaces for artistic and cultural ventures.
  4. Investing in public engagement, appreciating the lasting impact that one-off projects can have on places and people, and recognising the possibilities for different types, forms and timespans for arts in the public realm.
  5. Developing and providing more music venues for local and underground talent, and seeking to build on opportunities to stimulate further cultural opportunities across the city.
  6. Raising the profile of key cultural assets through high quality marketing and national public relations, working closely with key city partners to embed cultural products and activities as key parts of the local and visitor offering.
  7. Identifying priorities for new future cultural assets.
  8. Developing a coherent and structured offer to nurture new creative talent within the city to grow creative industries and increase graduate retention.
  9. Increasing community engagement and development in the least engaged communities through targeted investment, training, development and public art projects.
  10. Supporting coherent cultural programming and the delivery of distinctive events, festivals, projects and commissions, which are accessible to a wide range of audiences, to develop capacity and raise the profile of the city.
  11. Using planning powers to deliver and deliver public art through key infrastructure and development proposals at key gateway locations.