Strong partnership stages arts project success

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A cultural partnership between Lancaster University and The Dukes will lead to the further development of the university’s research and teaching activities through the use of the arts.

It could also see the integration of the creative arts within the student learning experience, bringing subject areas that wouldn’t traditionally use this more active approach to life.

“This would offer something quite distinctive, which could be used as an example of innovative teaching and high quality experience at the university, to bring an added dimension to the curriculum for staff and students,” explains the university’s chief administrative officer Nicola Owen, who has overseen the partnership from the university’s perspective.

The partnership, which was developed to help raise the profile of both organisations and to embed the university as part of the fabric of Lancashire life, has seen an array of exciting and imaginative community-involvement arts projects during its first 12 months.

“This is part of the university’s commitment to the arts in Lancaster and the wider region and complements the arts provision here on campus, including that of our own Live at LICA.

“This genuine partnership covers a whole range of university activities from widening participation and outreach through to research.

“We are working with The Dukes across so many different areas. It has been an exceptional first year which has produced some memorable events and substantive projects. We couldn’t be more pleased with the two-way impact and tangible results so far.

“We look forward to building on the foundations of success we achieved in 2014 with The Dukes team and to exploring even more exciting initiatives.”

Artistic director of The Dukes, Joe Sumsion, said: “Partnership working with Lancaster University makes perfect sense for The Dukes and is already having a big impact on how we work.”