Decision details

Draft Culture Strategy 2015-18

Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019), Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The 2015-2018 Culture Strategy includes the vision and priorities for the Culture team’s delivery and investment. It plays an important role in developing partnerships, enhancing cultural provision for Oxford’s communities, and highlighting the Council’s commitment to cultural regeneration and economic development. CEB will be asked to approve the Draft Culture Strategy so it can go out for public consultation. The Strategy will be revised following this consultation, at which point CEB will be asked to approve and adopt the revised Culture Strategy 2015-18.


The Head of Policy, Culture and Communications submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which explained the development of the Draft Culture Strategy and an overview of the vision and priorities of the proposed Culture Strategy 2015-18.


Cllr Simm, Board Member for Culture and Communities presented the report. She explained the importance of the Council investing in cultural groups so they could leverage additional funding from elsewhere.


The Cultural Development Manager explained that the strategy aligned with the objectives of the Arts Council which will enable us to make clearer links between cultural projects and grant requests in Oxford, and national priorities for arts and culture.


Cllr Simm went through the Scrutiny Committee’s report and agreed with recommendations 1 to 3. In terms of recommendation 4 - encouraging visitors to spend more time in Oxford, Cllr Price outlined Experience Oxford’s planned initiative to link tourism with the cultural offer of the city. There were also plans to link this with hotels to encourage visitors to stay longer.


The strategy will go out for consultation and will return to the Board for approval early next year.


The City Executive Board resolved to approve the consultation of the Draft Culture Strategy as set out at Appendix 1.

Report author: Head of Policy, Culture and Communications

Publication date: 17/10/2014

Date of decision: 15/10/2014

Decided at meeting: 15/10/2014 - City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)

Effective from: 22/10/2014

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