"It is not simply a case of building spaces for housing the arts, but also of ensuring spaces for arts are locally and culturally sensitive."
Dr Abigail Gilmore is Senior Lecturer in cultural policy at the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. Current projects include leading the Manchester‑Salford case study for Understanding Everyday Participation: Articulating Cultural Values, a five‑year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project proposes a "radical re‑evaluation of the relationship between participation and cultural value… Can we speak of supposedly mundane activities like shopping or meeting up with friends as having cultural worth?". She is the author of the 2014 policy paper, Raising our quality of life: The importance of investment in arts and culture.