Our Vision

We believe that culture is for everybody. Engagement and dialogue lie at the heart of our city’s success. Through partnership and collaboration we seek to establish Southampton as a major cultural destination.

Our Aims

Milestone Events

Establishing Southampton as a hub of cultural excellence through the development of world-class milestone events for the city with local, national and international reach.

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Strategic City-Wide Approach

Enabling strategic, joined-up, whole-place approaches across cultural, heritage, tourism and place-making and embedding arts and culture in the infrastructure of the city.

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Cultural Sector Development

Building on the existing capacity to develop a sustainable and independent cultural sector in Southampton through talent and skills progression, project development, partnership and collaboration.

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Widening Participation

Increasing access to and engagement with culture across our city through consultation, collaboration and creative co-production with our communities.

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Latest Projects

BAME Enquiry

The BAME community makes up 14% of Southampton’s population. This is poorly reflected in cultural audiences and workforce. Research will be carried out to identify the ways to increase diversity in our workforce and leadership.

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Steam Mentoring

Inspiring pupils to think STEAM instead of STEM. A network which will target KS3 students in senior schools to encourage them to pursue arts subjects at GCSE level and beyond.

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Audience Data

Data gathered has established Southampton’s city-wide baseline for culture and tourism sector audience engagement. We will use this data to tailor our work to target specific areas and communities in order to reach those lowest engaged.

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Our Funding Partners

Southampton Cultural Development Trust is a registered UK charity working closely with funding partners and donations.

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