City of Culture - a call to arms!

A message from ‘a space’ arts director, Daniel Crow.


Since moving to Southampton as a fine art student in 1995 I’ve always felt the city had enormous potential. Now as the director of a growing arts charity, which over the last 20 years has worked to support artists in the city, I am thrilled to have been asked to join the steering committee for City of Culture 2025.

My role will include leading the visual arts working group, making sure that the voices and needs of Southampton’s ambitious, dynamic, talented and creative arts communities and organisations are heard. I have always been passionate about helping artists develop their careers, and this opportunity could really help artists in the city thrive. But we need to know what Southampton artists need and want to get out of this ambitious project.

We are still very much at the beginning of the consultation phase, and for now there are a few ways for you to have your say:

1. Sign up for the next City of Culture meeting, specifically for Southampton artists and creatives, on Monday November 23rd at 10am. Bid director Claire Whitaker will be at the meeting to introduce herself and the project so far. You need to book a ticket to attend – please do so here.

2. Sign up to the CHAOS mailing list so you don’t miss future meetings. (They will be recorded for you to see afterwards if you can’t be present at the meeting).

2. Fill in the consultation survey and make sure you say what you would like to get out of City of Culture 2025. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and now is  the time to get involved!

Over the next six months the bid will be shaped and developed, and we really want Southampton artists to be an integral part of this process.

Daniel Crow