Posted on May 22, 2019

Cultural City Conference 2019 – Event Details

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Event: Cultural City Conference 2019

Date: 28 June 2019

Time: 9.30am-8.30pm

Location: Nuffield Southampton Theatres, The Spark, Solent Conference Centre and Solent Showcase Gallery

Join us for the second annual Cultural City Conference to discuss the future of Southampton and the role that Cultural organisations and us as individuals play in that future. Develop valuable partnerships and collaborations, be inspired by insightful speakers and play your part in establishing Southampton as a major cultural destination.


Full Programme

09:00 – Registration open at NST CITY

09:30Welcome – James Gough & Veronica Gordon 

09:50 – Keynote – Andrew Dixon “What are the characteristics and behaviours of successful UK City of Culture cities?” 

10:35Panel – Place Heritage – Padmini Broomfield (Chair), Dan Crow, Annie Reilly, Nazneen Ahmed, Beverley Dowdell

11:35 –  Mini Keynote – Zoie Golding “The Holyrood Experience” 

11:50 – Guests depart NST CITY to walk to THE SPARK – Grab & go coffee 


  • 1.1 Health & Wellbeing in Arts & Culture Rebecca Kinge & Matt Salvage
  • 1.2  Sustainability Dr. James Dyke
  • 1.3  Learn how skateboarding can unify culture & shape our city Steve Béga & Jamie Burton
  • 1.4  ‘Did you mean to do what they did?’ (Now the future is here) Rupert Rowbotham
  • 1.5 Understanding Southampton’s audiences Adrienne Pye
  • 1.6  Southampton: City of Music Prof. Martin James & Dan Mar-Molinero

13:00 – Lunch in the Spark Lower Atrium (Optional lunchtime workshop: The Screening Sex Project: developing a charter for arts and cultural organisations.)

13:50 – Keynote – Ruth Melville “The impact of Liverpool, and the ‘Story of Change’ for Transported (CPP)”

14:35 – Mini keynote – Alys Scott-Hawkins “What makes an artist friendly city?”

14:50 – Workshop 

  • 2.1 Health & Wellbeing in Arts & Culture Rebecca Kinge & Matt Salvage
  • 2.2 Sustainability Dr. James Dyke
  • 2.3  Learn how skateboarding can unify culture & shape our city Steve Béga & Jamie Burton
  • 2.4  ‘Did you mean to do what they did?’ (Now the future is here) Rupert Rowbotham
  • 2.5 Understanding Southampton’s audiences Adrienne Pye
  • 2.6  Southampton: City of Music Prof. Martin James & Dan Mar-Molinero

15:35 – Coffee break

16:00 – Keynote – Michaël Roumen – “International Projects and their legacy” (Mayflower 400 NL) 

16:45 – Panel – International – Jennifer Anyan (Chair); Prof. Sunil Manghani, Prof. Peter Lloyd, Katie Daley-Yates, Michaël Roumen 

17:45 – Round up and final thoughts – Veronica Gordon and Guests 

18:15 – Next Steps for Southampton – Cllr Satvir Kaur

18:30 – Drinks reception at Solent Showcase Gallery (Band of Skulls DJ set) 



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1.1 / 2.1 Health & Wellbeing in Arts & Culture Rebecca Kinge & Matt Salvage
Exploring the connections between health and art in Southampton. How can we make a healthier city through cultural and community activities?

We will encourage everyone who comes to this workshop to give us a short introduction – who are you and what brings you here?

We will tell you a little bit about the Southampton Art in Health Forum and share Joe Hudson’s short film from the popular Umbrella Arts Festival on 23 March, where many different creative community organisations came together to showcase health-themed activities. We will update you on the outcome of our previous ‘social prescribing’ workshop and ask for your ideas for the next steps.

Mostly this workshop will be about listening to your ideas and encourage you to talk to each other, to promote joint working and a mutually supportive community.

The workshop is being run by Rebecca Kinge and Matt Salvage. Rebecca works for Healthwatch Southampton and is part of The Southampton Collective. Matt is from SoCo Music Project, and together they coordinate the Southampton Art in Health Forum

1.2 / 2.2 Sustainability Dr. James Dyke
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1.3 / 2.3 Learn how skateboarding can unify culture & shape our city Steve Béga & Jamie Burton
We will be showing a short film looking at how the Long Live Southbank Project has united cultures in the heart of London through skateboarding and ask people to visualise how we can achieve the same in our city…

1.4 / 2.4 ‘Did you mean to do what they did?’ (Now the future is here) Rupert Rowbotham
Southampton Cultural Education Partnership (The “SCEP”) has been asking the children and young people of Southampton the big cultural questions: happiness, fear, what gets you through. This practical workshop wants to ask adult participants the same questions, and will wonder at the difference. And what it means for where we’re really headed. A practical workshop discussion about Southampton Cultural Education Partnership (SCEP)’s consultation with children & young people. Lead by Rupert Rowbotham, Head of Engagement at Nuffield Southampton Theatres, with  interruptions, clarifications and contributions from NST Youth Theatre and Lucy Marder, The Strategic Manager for Southampton, (Hampshire, Portsmouth and The Isle of Wight) for ArtsWork.

1.5 / 2.5 Understanding Southampton’s audiences Adrienne Pye
Who are they? where do they live? How do we connect with them? Share in the results of the recent Southampton Cultural Development Trust review and find out how you can contribute to an even richer picture.

1.6 / 2.6 Southampton: City of Music Prof. Martin James & Dan Mar-Molinero
Contribute to the conversation about the challenges and opportunities faced by the music industries and their audiences in Southampton as we aim to put in a place a strategic outlook for the city’s diverse and celebrated music scene.


Optional Lunchtime workshop (13:15 – 13:45)

The Screening Sex Project: developing a charter for arts and cultural organisations.

Dr Donna Peberdy and Darren Kerr. 

The Screening Sex project extends the work that has emerged from, which commissions and publishes short research articles, opinion pieces, interviews and book reviews on a range of topics related to the politics of sex on screen, in culture and in society.

One of the central aims of the Screening Sex project is to work with relevant arts and cultural organisations to develop a charter on the representation of sex, sexual cultures and identities. The workshop is designed to solicit information, support and collaboration in developing a charter that demonstrates a well-informed and sex-positive approach to tackling, understanding and representing contemporary sexual cultures in the arts.

As a city-wide initiative, we believe it is the first of its kind and aim to launch it in Southampton in 2020.



KEY NOTE SPEAKER – ANDREW DIXON Andrew Dixon has worked with over 80 local authority areas and has over 35 years experience of promoting places through culture and tourism as a journalist, Chief Executive and Director of Culture Creativity Place.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER – MICHAËL ROUMEN Arts administrator and consultant, specialising in public-private collaboration, entrepreneurial development and regional cultural policy. Represents artists from different disciplines and places: a poet from Genua, a musician from Berlin and a visual artist from Leiden.

KEY NOTE SPEAKER – RUTH MELVILLE  Ruth Melville is a freelance researcher and cultural policy practitioner. Acting as Monitoring and Research Advisor to Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture and critical friend for the Transported programme of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places

HOSTED BY – VERONICA GORDON Veronica Gordon is a Journalist for ITV Meridian, Deputy Manager at Unity 101 Radio presenting their Vibrant Vibes radio show covering the latest news from Southampton’s black communities. Former BEFFTA ’Black BAFTA’ Radio Personality of the Year.