In January 2022 the Select Committee for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) put out an open inquiry into the role of culture in the Leveling up agenda, entitled: Reimagining where we live: cultural placemaking and the levelling up agenda

The Inquiry explored the role that culture might play in delivering a Government commitment to level up the country. Creatives Lives submitted a response, which you can read here:, and you can read the oral evidence here: 

To produce this document we consulted with the Creative Lives staff team and Board of Trustees based around the UK as well as our Creative Advisers: a panel made up of people across the UK and Ireland with a wide range of experience in the creative sector.

We also included findings from our January 2022 report: Spaces for Creativity, which surveyed 200 creative groups and venues across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Significant evidence is also gleaned from our 2020 publication Common Ground: Rewilding the Garden, an investigation into how creative activity is sustained in areas of socio-economic deprivation across the UK and Republic of Ireland i.e. places that may be considered to have limited local arts infrastructure. 

You can find out more about the committee here: 

At the end of the inquiry, the Committee will produce a report setting out its findings and making recommendations to the Government. When this happens we will update this webpage.