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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

Sarah James

Creative and Cultural Programme Lead, 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

Josyanne Clarke

Principle Project Officer, Weston Place Making, North Somerset Council

Alison Catlin

Museums and Heritage Officer, South Gloucestershire Council.

Robert Campbell

Head of Heritage Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Kathryn Davis

Director of Tourism, Visit West

Elise Hurcombe

Arts Development Manager, Bristol City Council

Fiona Matthews

Fiona MatthewsDirector, Culture Weston

Jayne Davis

Principal of Bath College

Sado Jirde

Director, Black SW Network

Sylvia Lane

Assistant Dean Faculty of Creative Arts at Weston College

Dominic Ellison

Chief Executive Officer, WECIL

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