Cultural Network Group

Cultural Network meeting at TRW April 2018

The latest Cultural Network group meeting took place on  Monday 16 April at 6pm in the cafe area of Theatre Royal Winchester.  The topic was 'What makes a great festival?'.

Representatives from some of the bigger and smaller festivals spoke about how they organise their events, and provided top tips on topics ranging from plannig, volunteers, financial support, H&S, audiences, urban spaces and working together

February's meeting saw Simon Jutton from the Arts Council speak about Grants for the Arts.

Simon Jutton is a Senior Relationship Manager at the Arts Council in the South West and the lead contact for Hampshire.  He leads the work with children and young people and on diversity.

A condensed version of Simon's presentation is available in the Documents section of this page.

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