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C-PAL is a network to share learning, unearth key issues and explore the development of the participatory arts sector

CPAL

What is C-PAL?

A learning network for participatory arts in the North West,  C-PAL (Consortium for Participatory Arts Learning) was established in 2005. It is a group of senior managers representing participatory arts organisations across the North West of England. CPAL’s main remit is skills development for people who are currently working in or want to work in the participatory arts sector. It is also a network to share learning, unearth key issues and explore the development of the sector.

Why was it set up?

CPAL was originally set up by Arts Council England, North West. This was in response to the need for learning pathways and capacity building within the participatory arts sector as highlighted in the 2004 ACE, NW research report carried out by Karen Smith.

Vision & Aims

To support and increase the capacity of the participatory arts and learning sector in the North West and beyond.

C-PAL aims to:

  • Share knowledge and expertise
  • Promote a positive profile for participatory arts
  • Develop new opportunities and training for artists
  • Influence funders, public and 3rd sector organisations to embrace creative partnerships

The three key dimensions to CPAL’s work are: advocacy, networking and professional development.