Measuring the Immeasurable: Articulating the Value of Culture

By Steve Swindells and Anna Powell.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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Across the UK there are currently a series of government led initiatives to measure and document the value of culture in relation to social, economic, and health infrastructures. These challenges might be regarded as fundamental to much of the cultural sector both within and outside of academia, relevant not only in relation to the current funding climate, but constituting a more deep-seated profundity; being fundamental to our understanding of how arts and culture "work" in the UK. This article explores these ideas in relation to the notion of the "civic university," touching upon the ROTOR partnership exhibitions programme between the University of Huddersfield and Huddersfield Art Gallery, as an example of a possible model for working within—and actively addressing—some of these challenges.

Keywords: Public, Engagement, Civic, Impact, Value, Culture, Measurement, Qualitative, Quantitative

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 11, Issue 4, December, 2016, pp.39-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: August 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.590KB)).

Prof. Steve Swindells

Professor of Creative Practice, School of Art, Design, and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK

Dr. Anna Powell

Researcher and Lecturer of Art and Design Theory, School of Art, Design, and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK