Creative Network Southwark

Creative Network Southwark
Silent Raid, Sally Hogarth, 2018 Photo: Alexander Christie

Creative Network Southwark is a group of individuals and organisations working in the creative sector in Southwark. This includes those working in (but not exclusively) visual arts dance, film, music, performing arts, museums and spoken work. If you want to join, its simple, just email Steve. Follow the Network on Twitter @CNSouthwark.

The next Network meeting is being held online at 10am on 8th September. Book here

Our last meeting took place via Zoom 24th June 2020 and focused a refresh of the Network, as we slowly emerge from the Covid 19 pandemic. The notes when cleared will appear here. We are seeking a new Chair for the Network. The role is unpaid but you will have the support of Community Southwark. The role would be for 2 years and meetings of the Nework would take place quarterly. The Chair would also respresent the sector at Southwark Voice. The candidate should be connected to a voluntary or charity organisation.  For more details please see here

We've changed our page image and are very pleased to say that Sally Hogarth has granted us permisison to use an image of her installation Silent Raid from 2018. The photo was taken by Alexander Christie. You can read more about the work here.

On 10th March the Network met at Vinegar Yard. The focus was on internships and apprenticeships. 

The previous meeting was held on 29th October 2019 at the South London Gallery. The agenda covered updates from the council on funding opportunities, the Creative Enterprise Zone, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Partnership, Primary Schools into Theatre and the Cultural Compact. There was also time for networking which proved ever popular. 

Its purpose is:-
1. To help build and sustain a successful creative sector in Southwark.

2. To offer the Network opportunities to develop, enhance and promote their work and services through knowledge exchange and mutual support and information.

3. Keep the Network up to date with commissioning strategies, policies and opportunities.

We currently have a survey out asking what people would like to see included in future meetings. We would welcome your input. It should take less than 6 minutes. You can complete the survey here.

If you would like further information about the Network or to sign up please contact Steve or phone on 0207 358 7017.

Creative Network Southwark hosted its first event on 7th December 2016. This was  a scene setting event to discuss how the thriving creative sector in Southwark could be enhanced and made more sustainable and what aims and actions the Network could undertake to support this. Around 40 individuals and representatives from organisations across the sector attended a lively and productive morning. Feedback was very positive with everyone wanting to be part of Creative Network Southwark. Attendees from the seven tables produced ideas on the discussions to help map out the future direction of the work of the Network.

One quick action that we have been able to take forward is the sharing of names and email addresses of those who signed up to the event. There was an enthusiasm to contintinue to engage and network with each other outside of the restrictions of a formal meeting.

Over 35 people attended the meeting of the follow up Network meeting on 14th February 2017. The focus of the meeting was on effective partnership working. This included identifying reasons to partner, who to partner with and developing those relationships, which can be both formal and informal. You can view the slide presentation here. The Network also explored different ways in which Network members can engage with each other.If you have a need or want, or assets that you are willing to share, then you can complete this table.

Our October 2017 meeting focused on the Southwark Cultural Strategy  and the Southwark bid for the first ever London Borough of Culture. 

A March 2018 meeting kindly hosted by the London College of Communications looked at access to suitable spaces for the creative sector in Southwark and how to measure and demonstrate the social value of the arts. In this session William Austion presented his "Section 106 Advice: Straightforward Advice for Southwark’s Creative Economy."

The June 2018 included a short workshop to feed into the Mayor's Cultural Strategy for London.

The October meeting provided an opportunity for attendees to hear about the Greater London Authority Culture Seeds funding programme and how to apply. 

Our 13th March meeting covered updates from the Council and looked at the work of  the recently opened Science Gallery London. We also took a look at the structure for the next round of meetings. 

At the Dulwich Picture Gallery on 26th June, attendees participated in a workshop to look at Council funding for future Southwark festivals.