Agenda and minutes

The Economy, Housing and the Arts Policy and Accountability Committee - Tuesday, 8th September, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Small Hall - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Craig Bowdery  Tel: 020 8753 2278

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Cllr Daryl Brown.



Declarations of Interest

* See note below.



Cllrs Fennimore and Connell declared non-pecuniary interests as they were both Local Authority trustees of the Lyric Theatre.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 2015 and to note progress made against actions




That the minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 2015 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



The Arts Strategy pdf icon PDF 370 KB

The administration aims to increase access to the arts for local residents and to maintain existing provision. To achieve this a draft arts strategy for the borough has been produced. The draft strategy sets out the council’s ambitions and vision for the arts. It is to be published for wide consultation after which time it will be further refined and adopted in Spring 2016.



The Committee received the proposed draft arts strategy entitled ‘Destination, creation and inclusion’ and the Chair explained that the accompanying officer report had been withdrawn as the draft strategy was self-explanatory. To introduce the strategy, Cllr Coleman (Cabinet Member for Commercial Revenue & Customer Satisfaction) described how delivering improvements and supporting the arts in Hammersmith & Fulham had been a pre-election manifesto commitment for the administration. The Council had therefore used the views and experiences expressed at the Committee meeting in March to develop the draft strategy, which was now open to consultation. The Council was committed to involving residents and artists in the development and delivery of the strategy and so views were now sought.


Cllr Andrew Jones (Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Regeneration) explained that the strategy was intended to be a readable and useful document for local art organisations rather than an over-long and dry council document. He highlighted the three key themes of the strategy:

·         Destination: establishing the Borough as an attractive destination both for visitors and for artists by building on the existing strong offer

·         Creation: supporting artistic endeavour both in terms of the creative economy and job creation, and for pleasure and quality of life

·         Inclusion: ensuring all of the Borough’s residents can participate in and enjoy the arts


The Chair explained that in order to facilitate the discussion, the meeting would be invited to consider the strategy in the context of the following questions. The comments made by members of the public were as follows:


What is it that we as a borough and an arts community want to achieve?

·         In order to make the borough an arts ‘destination’, more must be done to raise awareness of existing activities – for example getting coverage in Time Out magazine

·         There is a lot of exciting work being done by local artists and organisations: more needs to be done to ensure everyone knows about it

·         Cathy Robertson from the Hammersmith & Fulham ArtsFest explained that the success of the ArtsFest had been through all organisations working as a whole with the energy of enthusiastic people – this approach needed to be expanded for the whole year with a commitment to support new and emerging artists and organisations as well as the more established


What is the role of the council?  How can the council support the arts (not necessarily financially)?

·         Some galleries, such as at the Polish Centre, have available space for artists but need support and advice on promotion

·         The Council should act as an enabler to secure investment into the borough, such as getting developer contributions from projects such as Earls Court

o   Cllr Jones acknowledged this point and explained that the provision of artistic space was prioritised in planning documents and this needed to be reflected in the arts strategy too. He also emphasised the need for artistic provisions delivered through s106 developer contributions needed to be carefully considered to ensure they were really meeting the needs of the community.

·         Make greater use of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Date of the Next Meeting

It is proposed that the future meeting dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 3rd November 2015
  • Tuesday 1st December 2015
  • Tuesday 19th January 2016
  • Tuesday 8th March 2016

·         Wednesday 20th April 2016



It was agreed that the future meeting dates were as follows:

  • Tuesday 3rd November 2015
  • Tuesday 1st December 2015
  • Tuesday 19th January 2016
  • Tuesday 8th March 2016

·         Wednesday 20th April 2016