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Having completed a year long course of research into the role of digital methods in civic activity, Gallery133 has produced a report following on from it’s Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Location Study (for the Gulbenkian UK) entitled: ‘CultureBanked? Blockchain and Distributed Systems in the Cultural Sector’.

(Hard copies only are available on request at a print on demand cost of £8 per copy)

The goal of CultureBanking® is to better connect the civic roles of public private and third sector organisations – and individuals – through the use of new technology.

Liam Murphy is developing relationships with potential partners in the ‘Tech Sector’, in licensing and IP to establish a partnership of ‘CultureBankers’ with public and 3rd sector partners to refund and re-finance place based cultural regeneration ‘from the ground up’.

The Gulbenkian Report into The Civic Roles Of Arts Organisations is published here:

Links to excerpts and articles on ‘CultureBanking’ can be found here: 

and here:

Please email with initial enquiries.


Link to:
Blockchain For Creative Industries – A Slide Presentation delivered 28th Feb 2017 at the University Of East Anglia


‘Artopoly’ Event:

Press Release

What Next? Chapter in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft launches ‘Artopoly’

Interactive game used to value and ‘asset map’ the cultural wealth of the region

This Thursday 13th October at Great Yarmouth Library, What Next? hosted an event to showcase Artopoly, a new Anti-Monopoly inspired game of art and cultural strategy.

Artopoly Avatars – as created by workshop attendees…

The innovative participatory event brought artists, council representatives, local business people and the community together to start building a live map of cultural assets and potential in the area. The aim was to enable people to take a role in shaping future cultural directions for Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and to create a brand new themed board game as a tool for cultural planning…

Marion Catlin of ‘What Next? Norfolk and ‘CultureShift’ who also attended, said:

“It was interesting to watch some people broaden their thinking about what arts and culture mean and to think of people’s activity as assets as well as more typical infrastructure and venues.

‘Artopoly’ invited ‘players’ to identify and value cultural assets and activities in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Throughout the game, participants ‘audited’ and defined ‘variable’ and ‘fixed’ cultural assets in the region. The huge variety of assets identified included:

‘Time and Tide’, various theatre venues, Touring village theatre, social history and industrial history, ComeUnity, ‘Nelson’, ‘Seaside Humour’, Seachange Arts, The Beach, Skippings Gallery, The Merchant House Gallery, The Vintage Tea Event, seafront attractions, Regent’s Street, The Minster, horse and greyhound tracks, the Yarmouth Air Show, town walls, private and public galleries, The Social, and community arts initiatives like: Community Art-Room, Side By Side, Art Base and many many local people and businesses…

Alongside the launch of Artopoly, Rob Gregory, Great Yarmouth Borough Council portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods and Communities gave a presentation of the soon to be released Cultural Strategy for the borough, which is still being discussed as a working document.

Among the attendees were Hugh Sturzaker, Chaiman of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and Cultural Heritage Partnership, Neville Moore of Harbour Radio, Karen Read and Lee Henderson of the Marina and Seagull Theatres, Gavin Dean from St George’s Theatre, Stephen Barron of Enterprise GY and local artists, ‘Stane’, Ruben Cruz of ‘Reprezents’, Sue Tyler, Genevieve Rudd, Daniel McGrath and Julia Devonshire (Original Projects).

Liam Murphy, Chair of What Next? and Director of Gallery133, said:

“With ‘What Next?’, we are building a network of creative people from all walks of life who are interested in developing opportunities in this area and in the role art and culture can play in people’s lives. We’ve been invited to do another event in Lowestoft so people can begin to get involved there…”

Info and enquiries: or email


What Next?

Calouste Gulbenkian Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations

Deep Dive Location Studies – Invitation to apply

As part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations, What Next? is looking for two Chapters from the National Movement to lead some in-depth local research into the local civic role of arts organisations. These ‘deep dive’ location studies will engage with a broad range of people including:

  • arts professionals,
  • those within civic organisations,
  • members of the general public that are not engaged with the arts.

In each location the aim is to understand the role of arts organisations within the local community, find out what people want from their arts organisations and learn how the sector can support future activity.

Each Chapter will receive £2,000 to deliver the study in their local area. These studies will feed into the final outcomes of the first phase of the Gulbenkian inquiry. The activity must take place in England and be carried out between September-November 2016.

The role of What Next?

What Next? is working with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) as its engagement partner on phase one of the inquiry. As part of this activity, we are working with all 35 chapters to engage colleagues from both within the cultural sector and across other sectors, and explore ways to generate real excitement about the idea of civic responsibility and the arts. We want the arts sector to explore and embrace the artistic benefits of civic responsibility as well as the social benefits, and we want to shine a light on the cutting-edge nature of this area of work. This engagement will take place through a series of structured activities in Summer/Autumn 2016 developed in collaboration with the inquiry research partners; Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC).

As part of this activity we are facilitating two ‘deep dive’ location studies which will involve in-depth research into the role of organisations in their local communities, so that we can better understand the current landscape and how to support future activity. These research projects will be led by What Next? Chapters, and will engage a wide range of local partners as well as the local community.

The location studies should:

  • engage with a broad range of people including arts professionals, those within civic organisations and members of the general public
  • target experts with a local civic role who are not engaged with the arts
  • target local communities including those that are engaged and not engaged with the arts
  • map and uncover current activity and understand how arts organisations work with local partners and the community
  • link with a range of local initiatives and networks such as Voluntary Arts and Creative People and Places
  • Support the development of the What Next? Chapter through establishing stronger local relationships

Key Themes and Criteria

The two questions that have been identified by the CGF advisory panel as having the greatest impact on the shape of the inquiry are:

      What is the role of arts organisations as schools (places of learning), town halls (places of democracy and civic agency) and parks (public spaces)?

      How do we develop our leadership models and workforce skills to fulfill our role as civic players?

We want the location studies to:

  • find out what the current role of arts organisations is within communities
  • ask the local community what role they want their arts organisations to take
  • increase our understanding of the impact of organisations on their local community
  • explore the impact of local cross-sector partnerships on the role of arts organisations and on the local community
  • help us learn more about the relationships between organisations, people and place
  • learn how the sector can support future activity and develop local relationships.

We are open to variable approaches to the studies and will work collaboratively with the two successful Chapters to devise methodologies that gather rich evidence and enable contributions from a diverse range of people.

Bids will be considered in relation to the following criteria:

  • Relevant local activity and networks eg. CPP, Voluntary Arts, Fun Palaces, Get Creative
  • Access to local groups through WN? membership and other local partners
  • Ability to reach the general public in a variety of ways 
  • Capacity and skills to deliver an in-depth study
  • Potential to grow and strengthen the WN? Chapter

We want the two locations to be different from one another so that we get a variety of perspectives. E.g. we will want them to offer a different view eg. rural/city, type of cultural offer, local authority model, economic status, demographic. This will inform our decision and the selection criteria.

The decision making panel will include membership from the What Next? Core team, our internal Reference group, research partner ICC and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.