About Lancaster Arts Partnership

Formed in 2009, the Lancaster Arts Partnership is a consortium of organisations working together to champion and promote the strategic development of excellent arts activities in Lancaster District.

The consortium’s work is wide-ranging and developing quickly. We work with other arts and non-arts organisations in order to:

  • offer a strategic vision for the arts in the Lancaster district;
  • increase the profile and importance of arts in the district of Lancaster, regionally, nationally and internationally;
  • initiate partnership, cross-art and cross-sectoral work that creates new opportunities;
  • expand the collective knowledge-base and effectiveness of the arts sector.

We work particularly closely with Arts Council England, Lancaster BID, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council, all of whom support and contribute to the Partnership.

Download the 20:20 Lancaster Arts Framework document

Members of Lancaster Arts Partnership

The organisers of First Fridays and the promoters of Lancaster Arts City are Lancaster Arts Partnership (LAP). The members of LAP are:

The Dukes

Green Close

Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University

Lancaster Music Festival


Ludus Dance

More Music

Benefits of Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of LAP, our membership document can be found below. All applications should be made to the Chair.

LAP Membership Rates and Benefits 2017

email the chair.

First Fridays

First Fridays was a monthly mini-festival which celebrated the arts in Lancaster. Working in partnership with local arts organisations, local businesses, local authority, venues and other organisations, the project was led by LAP. First Fridays Year Two was funded by Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID), and with support from Lancaster’s arts organisations, many of Lancaster’s businesses, museums, library and artists and volunteers. In 2016, 16,000 people saw a First Fridays event, and a further 1,100 took part in workshops. In that year there were 205 First Friday performances and more than 380 exhibition days.

‘The splendid mix of impromptu, pop-up events mixed with more curated work/exhibitions. It made art seem great fun’ (Audience Member, First Fridays)

‘As a local resident I love events that give me new things to do in a very familiar city’ (Audience Member, First Fridays)

‘Unique location, pleasant atmosphere, memorable performance’ (Audience Member, First Fridays)

Get Involved

Are you friendly, outgoing and interested in the arts? Lancaster Arts Partners are on the lookout for volunteer stewards and marketeers for their events. To find out how you can get involved, just contact Jane Twyman by emailing jtwyman@dukes-lancaster.org for an informal chat.
No prior experience is needed as training will be given.