History of COoL

COoL was initiated by Peter Ward, Director of Hope Street Limited, in 2007 to strengthen the small/medium scale arts sector in the lead up to, and following, Liverpool’s successful European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.

We formed to provide mutual support, share information and expertise, form collaborations and improve sustainability.

A Memorandum of Understanding was drawn up to articulate the shared values and aims of the collective – establishing COoL as an Unincorporated Association.

In 2014 COoL was identified by LCC as driving forward Fit for the Future, a programme aimed at:

  • Helping cultural organisations become more resilient
  • Identifying alternative approaches to doing business
  • Identifying new sources and new methods of generating income
  • Considering alternative models for working in partnership that is mutually beneficial

In 2015, COoL secured LCC & ACE Managed Funds to continue this development and hired a Coordinator (Jack Welsh) and Development Manager (Bev Ayre).

COoL continues to go from strength-to-strength, with the collective developing new collaborative projects, making links with external partners and development bodies, incorporating as a company limited by guarantee and much more.

Visit our ‘News’ page for the latest information.