The APPG for 'left behind' neighbourhoods was active between June 2020 and March 2024. This website will no longer be updated.

Research suggests that a lack of places to meet, and the absence of an engaged and active community, makes a significant difference to the social and economic outcomes for deprived communities. This highlights the importance of schemes that focus on increasing access and opportunity to engage in arts and culture activities in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods.

Informed by new research commissioned by OCSI for the APPG, this session brings together people who have been directly involved in community-led arts and culture regeneration initiatives, such as Big Local and Creative Civic Change, to discuss the value and future of these types of schemes.



  • Anna Francis, Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University and co-director of the Portland Inn Project, Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Rebecca Blackman, Director Engagement & Communities, Arts Council England.
  • Nova Marshall, Newington Big Local, Ramsgate.


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