Cultural Network Group

Cultural Network meeting dates

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

Cultural Network meetings:

 Thursday 7 July 2016 held at the Art Café

John Hayes informed the group of what's happening with the Winchester Short Film Festival due to take place from 4 to 12 November 2016.  Eloise Appleby followed giving a presentation on the progress of Winchester City Council's Cultural Strategy, followed by a question and answer session. 

 Wednesday 5 October at Winchester Cathedral.

There will be a presentation on the Winchester Bible. Full details will be available shortly.

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