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The West of England Cultural Compact aims to focus and amplify the role of culture in the region, as a driver for economic success, placemaking, community cohesion and personal wellbeing.

Cultural Compact

What are the project aims?

  • Developing a plan for culture in the West of England, that will focus funding and resource where it can have the greatest impact
  • Understanding and supporting the region’s cultural ecosystem
  • Putting culture at the heart of local and regional government, community and business groups
  • Attracting funding for cultural activities in the region
  • Promoting the value of culture and the value of investment in culture
  • Linking cultural ambitions with wider regional priorities

West of England Cultural Compact core membership:

Wider membership is reviewed on an annual basis enabling the West of England Cultural Compact to remain dynamic and responsive to regional priorities and to reflect the anticipated breadth and depth of cross-sector partnership working.

Prof Sue Rigby

Chair, West of England Cultural Compact Chair and Vice-Chair, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

Stephen Bashford

Director, Business and Skills, West of England Combined Authority

Rebecca di Corpo

West of England Cultural Compact Co-ordinator (Interim), West of England Combined Authority

Lynn Barlow

Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Creative and Cultural Industries Engagement, UWE Bristol and Co-Chair, Bristol One City Culture Board

Richard Blows

SuperWeston Placemaking Manager, Place Directorate, North Somerset Council

Martin Burton

Customer Contact Manager, Department for Environment and Community Services, South Gloucestershire Council

Robert Campbell

Head of Heritage Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Kathryn Davis

Director of Tourism, Visit West

Jon Finch

Head of Culture and Creative Industries, Bristol Culture, Growth & Regeneration, Bristol City Council

Fiona Matthews

Fiona MatthewsDirector, Culture Weston

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