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Culture Team FAQs: Your questions answered

Do you have a question for the Mayor’s Arts and Culture team? 

Here are our frequently asked questions.

What is the Mayor doing about arts and culture in London?

The culture team manages and delivers the Mayor's statutory Cultural Strategy for London.

The Mayor’s cultural strategy does three things:

How can I share my idea to develop arts and culture in London?

As you can imagine, the Mayor gets hundreds of proposals for projects, products and offers of advice. All of these are very gratefully received but with limited resources, we are unable to respond to everyone's ideas in detail.

You’re very welcome to contact us but before getting in touch however, please see if it relates to the Mayor’s culture strategy and priorities.

If your idea is related to the promotion of London as a tourist destination, please contact London & Partners: [email protected] the official promotional agency for London.

How can I find out more about the Night Czar?

London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé works with the Mayor’s Culture team and the Night Time Commission. Amy developed ‘From Good Night to Great Night’ a vision for London as a 24-hour city and champions London’s night time economy. Follow her on Twitter to stay up to date on what she is doing.

Who decides what goes on the Fourth Plinth?

The Fourth Plinth sculptures are chosen by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group. This process takes a number of years, from a longlisting, to a shortlisting, then six maquettes for public display. Two of these are then selected to be the final commissions.

The current sculpture is ‘Really Good’ by David Shrigley.

Can I apply for funding for my cultural project?

We do not issue grant funding outside of core cultural projects that relate to the Mayor’s cultural priorities.

We recommend contacting the relevant organisations below who provide funding for arts and culture projects.

Also, there are a lot of creative options to explore from crowd funding to Funding Circle loans.

How can I get more involved in London’s culture?

If you’re passionate about culture, you are in the right place. We believe London is one of the most cultural enriching and diverse places on the planet.

Culture is a cooperative, collective effort. We welcome everyone to take part in London’s culture - whether by volunteering at major events or doing a course at your local arts centre.  Above all check out what’s on in London, make use get out there and experience it first-hand!

By visiting our museums, galleries, music venues and attractions, we can ensure future Londoners can enjoy London’s wealth of culture.

Here's some good suggestions to find out what to see and do in London:


How can I find out how to work in arts and culture sector?

We are a bit biased, mind. We think a career is arts and culture is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles you could have.

The best place to look is Arts Council England’s Jobs and Careers site and Guardian Jobs is worth checking out too. If there’s a specific venue or organisation you’d love to work for, see their websites or contact them about vacancies.

Internal vacancies at the Culture team are advertised here.

How can I find out more about how to put on an event at Trafalgar Square?

You must apply to us in order to host any activity at Trafalgar Square. Please read the materials for help with your application, and complete the relevant application form

If you need to discuss your application in more detail, please contact
[email protected] or call 020 7983 4750.

Who can I speak to locally about culture policy and cultural developments?

Contact your local London borough council’s website or talk to your local venue.

What is the London Borough of Culture?

Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes, London Borough of Culture is an award that will put culture at the heart of the community. In total, 22 London boroughs bid for £1.35million funding to stage a year-long programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the borough’s future.

On 27 February 2018, the Mayor announced that Waltham Forest will be London Borough of Culture in 2019 and Brent will be London Borough of Culture in 2020.

Find out more on our London Borough of Culture page. 

Who decided which borough won London Borough of Culture?

The bids were assessed and moderated by a panel of City Hall officers and scrutinised by an expert panel of partners before recommendations were made to the Mayor.  The partners included City Bridge Trust, Historic England, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City of London, London Councils, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Society of Chief Librarians.

The winning boroughs were chosen based on their artistic vision and ambition to deliver outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area, putting communities at the centre of the programme design and delivery. The successful boroughs have demonstrated how winning the title will enable them to:

•    Deliver their long-term ambitions 
•    Put local people at the heart of the programme
•    Showcase a diverse, vibrant and inclusive programme of work

Find out more on our London Borough of Culture page.  

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