What does it mean to play a civic role? For some arts organisations, it is at the heart of their mission and practice; others think it is not relevant. Communities are questioning whether the public money that arts organisations receive is benefiting local people; there are hard questions to be asked and there are no easy answers.

Following a 2 year Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is working with partners across the country to support a series of conferences.