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International Women’s Day 2019

We are teaming up with The Southampton Collective CIC for future events, so we’ll be doing a bit of transitioning as we combine the two. We will keep the theme of events that we have been doing with Dangerous Ideas, so continue our emphasis on sustainable city and creative community action.

Our next two events are about International Women’s Day. With Vie-ness we have a pre-event craft and chat event on Sat 9 Feb at the Old October Books from 10.30am-12.30pm. More details here. Drop by and join us.

IWD 2019 craft event 9 Feb 2019

Then on International Women’s Day on Fri 8 March at 8pm, we are all hosting a Bring and Share feast in Woolston. Tickets are available here and all are welcome, whatever your gender.



Going Against the Grain

Friday 7 December 2018

7.30pm at October Books

Please book via Eventbrite:

A night to celebrate what has happened at October Books this year as well as stories in our own lives and around us in the city that are going against the grain of the ‘logic’ of our times.

Come and be inspired and raise a toast to change, and celebrate together actions both large and small be it shopping choices, community life, ways of moving round city, you name it!

All welcome.

Going against the grain image


International Women’s Day 2018

Women cut outs. picjpgEvery year, we mark International Women’s Day by putting on an event and sharing news of gatherings organised by others. Our Sisters Act! event is on 8 March at 7pm at Solent Showcase Gallery with artist Sarah Filmer.

Here is the full listing of everything we have heard about across the city:

CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER: Fri 2 March 9.30am – lunch Southampton Voluntary Services’ Friday Forum with an International Women’s Day theme, including people involved in Southampton projects which promote women’s equality. This finishes with a Bring and Share lunch. Free event. All welcome. No need to book.

Sat 3 March 2pm – Women  with singing for fun session  – with Maggie O’Connor Email £8 / concessions.

Sat 3 March 9.30am – Sun 4 March – Empowering Days for Women A series of workshops and activities. Various prices. Email:

Sat 3 March 7.30pm – Embrace film screening and discussion a body positive film £10. Email:

Sun 4 March 1.30pm – Southampton Women’s Forum International Women’s Day walk on Southampton Common. Free event. Details here.

Tues 6 March til Sat 10 March – Sarah’s showcase gallery takeover for international women’s day with live drawing and ‘seeds not words’.

Thurs 8 March – Stroppy Women guided walk Southampton Tourist Guides Holy Rood Church 10.30. £5

Thurs 8 March 9am-5pm – University of Southampton will be holding an event. Details here.

Thurs 8 March 10am-4.30pm. Southampton Solent University Fearless Female Conference, helping you achieve your career potential by Solent Futures.

Thurs 8 March 10am-3.30pm Looking at Me, Looking at You: The Representation of Women In Western Art with Linda Smith at Southampton Solent University. £28.

Thurs 8 March 12.30pm International Women’s Day lunch at the Art House. Lunch £6.95

Thurs 8 March 7pm – Sisters Act! This event is to mark International Women’s Day (#pressforprogress) Hosted by Dangerous Ideas Southampton and The Showcase Gallery with artwork carried out by Sarah Filmer. Book here.

 Come and join with other women in our city to STAND TOGETHER and PRESS for PROGRESS Bring along women in your life that inspire you!! Join with others to celebrate inspiring women in our city. Take part in a live piece of art exploring issues affecting women in our city. Be encouraged by the Suffragette Film where women STOOD TOGETHER to bring change. Tickets

Thurs 8 March 6-9pm Pimp yer Bra at Board in the City. Cost: £22. Details Create and Prosper

Thurs 8 March Red Tent Women’s Circle at The Art House

Fri 9 March 6.30pm  Bright Club #11 Women in Research Special at One O Four. A night of comedy.

10 & 11 March – Jane Austen and the Navy guided walk with Southampton Tourist Guides . Starts from the Bargate at 10.30. £5

Sun 11 March – 12pm Women of Southampton – History Ride with British Cycling.

Sat 17 March 8pm  at The Art House café – Hot Hot Hot – Song theatre inspired by the peri and menopause, by Fiona Funnell. Tickets here. £10-£14.

Thurs 22 March and other dates. See Southampton are holding Notable and Notorious Women of Southampton, a series of 90min walks. £20 per ticket.




Future of Dangerous Ideas

The way Dangerous Ideas Southampton runs is changing. We had a well attended meeting on 10 October with lots of ideas and offers from people to get involved. Together, this collective group have been working to bring you events for International Women’s Day. So watch this space for the future too! If you want to get involved, please get in contact.


Dangerous Ideas Southampton is a success, says independent evaluation

After running events to do with social change issues in Southampton for three years, 40 people gathered together at By Sea Coffee Lounge on a Thursday evening in September to ask these questions. What has Dangerous Ideas Southampton been up? Was it worth it?

Dangerous ideas in conversationSuzanne Baker talked about the motivation for Dangerous Ideas Southampton. The original plan had been to bring people together and together find out about the people involved in hidden activity in the city. How are we all connected with our local communities? In 2013, when Dangerous Ideas started, society was dealing with the fallout from the banking crisis, facing challenges of public sector cuts and a reliance on consumption. What’s the role of grassroots activity in addressing these challenges?DIS170911 CELEBRATION (web)

Since then, almost 40 events have taken place, captured in graphic form by Jon Oliver’s posters. Rebecca Kinge gave a potted history of the events, highlighting how the events were built upon and fostered a myriad of ever-increasing connections between people. The gatherings explored issues topic by topic, all connected with the themes of fairness, sustainability and being part of a more creative and vibrant city.

How did we do?

Callum Robertson introduced the evaluation that he has undertaken, supported by the University of Southampton’s Public Engagement in Research team. Callum had undertaken an online survey of attendees of the events and conducted a series of one to one in depth interviews with people who had been involved.Callum Robertson at Dangerous Ideas event 140917

The overriding message was that people felt hugely positive about Dangerous Ideas and grassroots social change. Everyone agreed it had a valuable role in the city.

The events had the following benefits:

  • enabled relationship building between people – they liked the chance to get together with like-minded people who care about social change issues and they enjoyed the informal social side of the events;
  • raised awareness of neglected issues, and helped draw together activity which was happening in isolation;
  • it gave people and organisations a place to promote their work, and encouraged collaboration;
  • it gave people the confidence and motivation to do more as individuals.

The niggles about the project related to the difficulty in attracting people from a diverse social economic background, although there is recognition that achieving a mix of people is hard to do. There was a sense that more could be done by Dangerous Ideas or others to encourage more tangible action around the issues addressed. There were differing and conflicting views on whether supporting tangible actions is the best activity for Dangerous Ideas to do, or whether it would be better to concentrate on providing a place for conversation.

Social change in Southampton is generally considered to be in a positive state, and some of that related to the work of Dangerous Ideas.

If you would like a copy of the report with information about Dangerous Ideas and an assessment of its impact, please get in contact.

What next?

We sat around our tables and explored the issue of what next, sharing our ideas and collecting them together as a big group. This work will be further progressed at a meeting at The Art House on Tues 10 October at 7.30pm. All are welcome and you can either sign up via our Facebook event or drop us an email to say you plan to come. And if you can’t come, share your thoughts with us so they can feed into the discussion.

Our final event potted history   Workshop discussion at event 140917



Future of Dangerous Ideas

Tues 10 October // 7.30pm // The Art House, Southampton

The coordination and funding of Dangerous Ideas Southampton in its present form is due to change. With that in mind and taking into account the findings from our recent evaluation, what are our next steps? This is a workshop aimed at people who want to steer the direction or support the future of Dangerous Ideas.

We will be meeting at The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton on Tues 10 October at 7.30pm and you are welcome to join us. Here’s our Facebook event or you can phone 07968 777261 or email to tell us you are coming. In addition, if you would like a copy of the evaluation report, please let us know.



DangeroUS Ideas

DIS170911 CELEBRATION (web)DangeroUS Ideas

A night of reflection and celebration of our activity over the last three years.


Venue: BySea Coffee Lounge, 468-480 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 3SP

Here at Dangerous Ideas Southampton, we have been running events about creative social change in the city for 3 years, with a focus on sustainability, fairness and a vibrant city. Now is the time for us to pause and reflect. We commissioned an independent report with the support of University of Southampton’s Public Engagement team and we’d like to share the outcomes with you.

We want to mark and celebrate what’s happened and start a conversation about the future. The coordination and funding of Dangerous Ideas Southampton in its present form is due to change. With that in mind and taking into account the findings from the evaluation report, what our or next steps?

This event is open to everyone, and will be of particular interest to people who have attended one or more of the Dangerous Ideas events or those who are keen to promote a city which values social change and collaborative dialogue between people in the city.

Snacks and drink will be provided. The venue is on Portswood Road near The Brook. There is some cycle parking near the zebra crossing and on-street car parking is on local roads including some on Portswood Road. The venue has full disabled access.

Please register for this free event via Eventbrite. You can also join our Facebook event too if you wish. Please help share this event on your favourite social media! You can tweet us @ideas_soton or find us on Facebook.

If you are interested in the outcomes of the evaluation and the future of Dangerous Ideas Southampton but can’t attend the event, please contact us and we will keep you updated.

Thanks to all of you who have been part of our journey and to Callum Robertson and the University of Southampton for helping us achieve an independent evaluation,

Rebecca, Suzanne, Tammy, Jon and the Dangerous Ideas team.

Contact / 07968 777261



Umbrella Arts Festival


Rain or Shine, a great time is guaranteed at Southampton’s newest family arts festival!

SoCo Music Project is delighted to announce Umbrella Arts Festival 2017. An exciting new one day festival bringing a diverse mixture of music, art and spoken word to Southampton. With local musicians and performers taking to the stage, interactive workshops, story telling, talks, an arts market and live installations, Umbrella Arts Festival will transport you into a world where creativity reigns.

The event is supported by Big Lottery and SoCo, working with local partners including Artful Scribe, Dangerous Ideas and Solent Showcase Gallery. We invite you to experience the best of Southampton’s creative offer and immerse yourself in a vibrant family event. Explore how music and the arts can have a transformative effect on our health and wellbeing by taking part in a range of activities.

This free family-friendly event will be packed full of entertainment. Explore the wellbeing area and take part in drawing, dance or poetry writing workshops; re-imagine Southampton through a series of live art installations; journey through our Arts Market to see bespoke creations from local designer makers or simply relax and enjoy the sonic landscape (or soundscape) of Southampton’s music scene.

Find out more:

Where: Palmerston Park

When: 10th June 2017