Creative Places

This project is a spin off from Dangerous Ideas Southampton and has its own website, twitter and facebook pages.

The Creative Places project is all about the places where communities connect and creativity happens, including supporting and strengthening those independent businesses that contribute to the city’s scene.

So far the project has held events – Social Saturday Map Jam in October 2017 and Innovation on the High Street event in December – and produced a walking trail of the city centre for February 2018 half term #SpitfireTrail. More will follow.

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On 10 January we held this event….

DANGEROUS IDEAS SOUTHAMPTON DISCUSSION GROUP….

CREATIVE PLACES

TUESDAY 10 JANUARY, 10AM (please note change to earlier advertised time)

THE ART HOUSE, 178 ABOVE BAR ST, SOUTHAMPTON SO14 7DW

How should Southampton support and strengthen local independent businesses and small creative places that foster creative activity in the city? Budding and established artists rely on venues such as the Art House, Mettricks, local music pubs etc to showcase local talent and give new artists a chance.

What is the role of us as individuals and as a community? What would we like organisations such as Southampton City Council, Culture Southampton and the city centre Business Improvement District to do? Perhaps there is an appropriate coordinated project that we could progress?

This is a chat over a drink (and lunch if you wish to stay on). This is not a formal consultation, it is a discussion starting with the grassroots community, and what happens next depends on all of us.

Agenda

10 – 10.15am – Drinks, introduction and welcome

10.15 – 10.45am – A chance to hear from people running creative places

10.45 – 11am – Break

11am – 12.30pm – Discussion. What is the role of us as individuals and as a community? What would we like organisations such as Southampton City Council, Culture Southampton and the city centre Business Improvement District to do? Perhaps there is an appropriate coordinated project that we could progress?

12.30pm – Finish of discussion.

Please share your ideas and experience! If you would like to send in some thoughts on any of these topics in advance, please feel free to do so. There’s already been discussion about this subject via the CHAOS network facebook group and you can join our event page. We would be grateful if you could steer clear of doing a critique of individual businesses though. This is about supporting those businesses and creatives that are working really hard in a tough climate.

Apologies to those that can’t make it at this time. Let us know if you are interested in future similar events. There is also the meeting of local creatives – CHAOS network – on Wed 11 Jan at 9am at Solent Showcase gallery where more discussion can take place. We will making a report of the gathering, which can then feed into future discussions and actions.

Coordinated by Rebecca Kinge rebecca@solentrenewal.co.uk 07968 777261

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