Our Vision and Aims

We are a not for profit CIC run by volunteers. Our CIC number is 9481054

“Our vision is to create a space for arts and culture in order to provide accessible opportunities and build creative communities”.

The Bureau offers a wide range of arts and creative engagement programmes, activities, events and performances for people of all ages and backgrounds from Blackburn and the surrounding areas. The team of volunteer Directors who lead the organisation are passionate about affecting change within the borough in terms of the arts offer and people’s perceptions of what the arts are for and the benefits of their engagement.

We aim to deliver a high quality, inspiring and innovative artistic programme across a range of art forms that challenges and engages a range of audiences facilitating opportunities for all people to exhibit, perform and create their own work through the use of The Bureau’s spaces and resources strengthening the arts sector in Blackburn and Pennine Lancashire through working in partnership with other organisations and offering a place for creatives to network and collaborate delivering a wide range of accessible creative education and training programmes that develop skills and increase engagement in the arts for all people developing a strong community offer within Blackburn Town Centre by offering a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet together and engage with the arts growing a sustainable organisation that has a diverse offer and whose income is from a broad range of sources, and having robust environmental and ethical policies and practices which are consistently implemented across the organisation.

Background

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The Bureau was formally established in November 2014 following use of the St John’s Centre building for a series of arts interventions initiated by the Blackburn is Open programme. Following which a collective of passionate artists and local music industry professionals agreed to work together on a voluntary basis to create a new arts organisation that would challenge people’s perceptions of the arts and bring much needed life back into Blackburn town centre.
Since then The Bureau obtained a lease from the council to continue using the venue and has delivered a range of arts activities, events and performances to growing numbers of participants and audiences. Each of the Directors bringing a wealth of relevant experience to the organisation and passion to make the venue a vibrant place to be.
Within the vision of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, The Bureau sits alongside other arts and creative initiatives which were also born from the Blackburn is Open programme; The Making Rooms, The Festival of Making and Creative Hive. As Rebecca Johnson, Arts Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Council states regarding the quartet “they are all different parts of the same jigsaw, which offer different resources and opportunities to the creatives and communities of Blackburn and beyond”, furthermore acknowledging that as they grow they will work in tandem together.
Across 2016-19 The Bureau has the potential to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the town by working in partnership with the council and other businesses and organisations to contribute to the wider ambitions for Blackburn as set out in the borough’s reports ‘A Plan for Prosperity 2014-2020’ and ‘Revitalising Blackburn Town Centre’ both of which aim to see increased growth in business, quality of life and a vibrant town for the future.
Vision and Mission

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Our mission is to offer opportunities to engage in a variety of high quality arts and cultural experiences which are innovative and accessible to all sections of the community whilst building and supporting the existing creative community by providing opportunities, experience and networks.
Aim 1: To deliver a high quality, inspiring and innovative artistic programme across a range of art forms that challenges and engages a range of audiences.

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Aim 2: To facilitate opportunities for all people to exhibit, perform and create their own work through the use of our spaces and resources.

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Aim 3: To strengthen the arts sector in Blackburn and Pennine Lancashire through working in partnership with other organisations and offering a place for creative practitioners to network and collaborate.

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Aim 4: To deliver a wide range of accessible creative education and training programmes that develop skills and increase engagement in the arts for all people.

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Aim 5: To develop a strong community offer within Blackburn Town Centre by offering a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet together and engage with the arts.

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Aim 6: To grow a sustainable organisation that has a diverse offer and whose income is from a broad range of sources.

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Aim 7: To have robust environmental and ethical policies and practices which are consistently implemented across the organisation.

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