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The art of partnering

The art of partnering

The art of partnering is the final report of a Cultural Enquiry in collaboration with the BBC, which explored the role partnership plays in enabling publicly funded cultural institutions to enhance the quality and diversity of their work across the UK. The report was published on 13 October 2015.

This was the third Cultural Enquiry from King’s and a major new initiative at a time when partnership is embedding as a way of working across the cultural sector. You can download it below.


How do partnerships support the strategic aims of cultural organisations? What role do they play in engaging and serving broader audiences? Do they bring additional value for money? And what do they mean for practitioners? These were the questions the Enquiry focused on as it aimed to articulate the benefits and challenges of partnership working.

There is plenty of experience of partnership across the UK. That is why we sampled current models, capturing the main themes they raise and identifying case studies. We recorded testimony from key players across the sector and held roundtable discussions to delve deeper into the issues raised.


The drive to partner

In analysing the current practice of partnership, we became intrigued to understand why and when the ‘drive to partner’ came about. We commissioned Dr James Doeser to investigate the history of partnership in the publicly funded cultural sector. His work is included in the full report below.

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Snapshot case studies


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