Culture Southampton

Southampton Cultural Development Trust

These are exciting and challenging times for Southampton, and Southampton Cultural Development Trust is a key driver in the city’s plans for regeneration through transformational cultural initiatives.  These will bring inspiration, opportunity and enjoyment for Southampton’s residents and visitors, and will establish the city as a major cultural destination.

Our objective is to support development of the Cultural Quarter, through fundraising and advocacy.  Our priority is to raise funds to complete the new arts complex, with its galleries, performance and film spaces, planned to open in 2016.  We are actively developing support from grant-making organisations, individuals, business, and educational institutions.

The completed Cultural Quarter will bring huge social, educational and economic benefits to individuals, organisations and business in the city and region.  Whilst the fundraising target is a significant challenge, we believe this to be achievable with the support of the people and organisations of Southampton, Hampshire, and beyond.


John Denham, Chair of CultureSouthampton (from January 2015) said:

“No modern city can be truly successful without a strong and distinctive cultural life. It’s equally important for the quality of life and opportunities for local people and for those who come to study, work and invest here. Southampton has great success stories already and even bigger opportunities in the future. I was delighted to be asked to take on this role and look forward to working with all parts of the cultural community to make a real contribution to the cultural life of this great city.”

John Denham becomes Chair of CultureSouthampton.

Latest News

Grosvenor, who are developing the new Arts Complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter alongside Southampton City Council, has announced that Delicious Dining, the South’s largest independently owned hospitality group, is the first company to sign up for the commercial units. 

City Eye are bringing back their popular Shadow Puppet Animation workshop, for children aged 7-12 and 12-16 to have fun and get involved with filmmaking, on 19 and 20 February.

Photography students from City College Southampton have produced a series of images which capture the diversity of the city, to celebrate its 50 years of city status.


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The Cultural Quarter builds on already strong arts and heritage activity in and around Southampton.  The Trust is working with a wide range of partner organisations and venues including:


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