Calling all Winchester artists

Press Release: 19/01/2015


Winchester City Council has enlisted the expertise of the Creative Eastleigh team at Eastleigh Borough Council to provide a new, free advisory service for arts practitioners based in the Winchester area.

If you are operating a creative business, or thinking of starting one up in fine art, textiles, graphic design, dance, theatre, film, video games, music, media, sculpture, jewellery, poetry or new writing, then this service could be for you.

The business advisory service can assist with professional development, including help preparing business plans and cash-flow forecasts, marketing advice, creating and maintaining a professional online presence, advice on publishing work and approaching agents, making grant applications, funding advice, networking and finding opportunities to showcase work. The service is not able to critique work.

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, with Portfolio for Arts and Culture, said:

I am excited that Winchester City Council is able to offer this service to budding artists. Our cultural strategy adopted last year recognises that culture and creativity are significant contributors to the economic prosperity of the District. They also enhance social well-being, improve the quality of the environment and encourage civic pride.

Those wishing to use the new arts advisory service must be based in the Winchester District and should complete an initial enquiry form which can be downloaded online at:

The form will give you the opportunity to give background to your practice or business and to let those helping you know what kind of support you are looking for. Following this, Creative Eastleigh will contact you to book a face-to-face appointment with an advisor at their offices which are located at any one of Creative Eastleigh hubs, The Point, The Sorting Office or the Tec-Hub.

For further information about the arts advisory service email