When we talk about ‘cultural infrastructure’ we mean the buildings, structures and spaces where culture is:
Consumed: Places where culture is experienced, participated in, showcased, exhibited or sold. For example, museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, libraries, record stores and historic cultural sites.
Produced: Places of creative production, where creative work is made, usually by artists, performers, makers, manufacturers or digital processes. For example creative workspaces, performing arts rehearsal spaces, music recording studios, film and television studios and industrial and light industrial units used by creative and cultural businesses.
The provision of these buildings in our city provides an array of benefits which are vital to our prosperity. They provide premises and places for business and employment, visitor destinations for tourism and places where Londoners can experience culture. To keep up with this we need to retain and develop enough cultural infrastructure to support it.