Cultural Network Group

Cultural Network meetings

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

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 chussey@winchester.gov.uk.

Cultural Network meetings:

The last meeting of Winchester's Cultural Network was held in the new Wessex Learning Centre at Winchester Cathedral on Wednesday 5 October.

Presentations came from Receiver General, Annabelle Boyes and Acting Dean, Roly Riem.They revealed how the cathedral is being opened up to welcome new audiences. Annabelle Boyes explored the vision to increase the number of visits to the cathedral, by retelling the stories and improving the amenities through the campaign, Kings and Scribes: Roly Riem talked about 'The Birth of a Nation' project which improves physical, emotional and intellectual access to the cathedral’s greatest treasure, the Winchester Bible, to put it on a par with the Book of Kells.

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 www.winchester.gov.uk/community/arts/new-arts-advisory-service

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 chussey@winchester.gov.uk.