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Your BOP Newsletter - February

New ways for cities to invest in culture

Our newsletter features our favourite new articles on culture and the creative economy, as selected by the BOP team. You can subscribe here.

New ways to invest in culture in UK cities

This month saw the public launch of the Cultural Cities Enquiry Report, produced by Arts Council England and Core Cities in partnership with Virgin Money.

The report advocates for the creation of Cultural City Compacts, as part of a range of recommendations for cities to support and invest in their cultural sectors. BOP was the research partner for the initiative.

Report here and our Chief Economist’s insights on the launch here.

1. Global update: cultural policy in cities

Lagos, City of Hustle, builds an art ‘ecosystem’ (New York Times)

Will Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ gentrify a Naples neighbourhood? (City Lab)

Can Chicago keep a $6-Billion development from displacing a 100-seat music club? (Next City)

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel on the impact of the city’s architecture biennial (Architectural Digest)

2. Cultural organisations in a changing world

What’s next for virtual reality in art and in museums? (Apollo)

The long awaited rise of LA’s downtown gallery scene (Financial Times)

“Ambitious and Risk-Taking.” Explaining The Shed’s startling fundraising success (Inside Philanthropy)

How Science Museum Group is taking a ‘location-specific’ approach to planning & development [podcast] (The Developer)

3. Industry insights: China

The Art Supermarkets catering to China’s growing middle class (Artsy)

China’s Digital Silk Road looking more like an Iron Curtain (Bloomberg)

How Peppa Pig and China’s ‘Little Miss Piggys’ are redefining cool (Sixth Tone)

Confucius and Mao at the Mall: How China is redesigning its public space (Places Journal)

4. Other recent highlights

Taiwan’s art market: matters of taste (FT)

Could design save the word? (British Council)

The economics of making shorter songs (Quartz)

How Bauhaus redefined what design could do for society (New York Times)

5. Best of The Blog

How to evaluate place-based funding programmes

How to support mid-career artists [Report]

New opportunities for China’s Creative Industries [Report]

Interested in the top issues defining the Chinese cultural and creative sector? You can sign up to our BOP China newsletter here.