Cultural Network Group


Winchester City Council is working to help Winchester build a thriving cultural community. 

Cultural Network meeting:

The next Winchester Cultural Network meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 February, 6pm at the Slug and Lettuce, Winchester.

Speakers will include:

  • Ed Moffatt, Manager and Design Lead, Blockchain Framework, IBM Studios, speaking on customer engagement – building the relationship, understanding and using jargon and working with the creative client.
  • Edward Fennell from Hyde900 and Debs Wilson from The University of Winchester with a presentation on the ground-breaking digital work which is being done with the 'Hyde Abbey – Rediscovering The Lost Minster Of Alfred The Great' project.

Here's your chance to network with other members of the Winchester creative community and learn what's going on across the district.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Book your place via Eventbrite or email Carol Hussey at 

The Cultural Network Group

Every second month, local cultural and creative organisations and practitioners have the opportunity to come together to discuss common themes and challenges, and to offer peer-to-peer support as part of an extended team.

The network provides a platform for information sharing, collaborative working, joint funding bids and lobbying. Each meeting is organised by a different cultural organisation in the District, and in a different venue. Winchester Science Centre, the Chesil Theatre and Jewry Street’s Art Café are among those who have hosted events. It is free to attend.

The development of a local network was a recommendation in the Council’s 2014 Cultural Strategy, called Culture, Innovation and the Creative Economy.

Attendance at network events is open to all those with an interest in arts and culture. The mailing list is held by the Council.  To be added to the list please contact Carol Hussey on 01962 848 196 or email

Help and Advice:

The Council has commissioned Creative Eastleigh to deliver free one to one business advice sessions for the creative industries based in the Winchester district.  Regular arts advice clinics are also available at the Art Café, but you need to book an appointment. More details are  available at

Top tips on networking for Creative Businesses

Going to an event or conference on your own can be a bit daunting especially if it's for a few days. Take the initiative and use Twitter to find out who in a similar field to you is going and drop them a friendly tweet and arrange a meet up with a couple of them in the bar or over a coffee.

If you have a really useful contact or a tip on getting the best out of your network connections and would be happy to share it please send it for inclusion on this page to