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.
The Trust was founded to support the development of the Cultural Quarter, through fundraising and advocacy. It has helped raise funds to complete the new Arts Complex, opening in Autumn 2016, by 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 and will be a key driver in the development of Southampton as a cultural city.
With the appointment of its first Director, James Gough, in November 2015, Southampton Cultural Development Trust takes on a wider strategic role, supporting the arts and culture within the whole city to work together, maximising the potential of Southampton's cultural infrastructure, and providing strategic direction.
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.