Louise Blackwell

What Next for Culture?

What Next? is a national movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of culture in our society. The Brighton & Hove chapter has over 200 members spanning creative individuals and businesses across genre and scale. We usually meet monthly but the group currently meets weekly via zoom in response to the need for cross sector support and collaboration during the pandemic.

To sign up to the What Next? Brighton & Hove mailing list click HERE

Louise and Marina Norris lead the What Next? Brighton & Hove Chapter meetings.

We currently meet every other Thursday from 10am – 11am. The next meeting is on Thurs 19th November at 10am. The Children & Young People sub-group meets every other week and then next meeting is Weds 18th November at 12 noon.

There are a range of sub-groups that meet separately and feed into the What Next? Thursday meetings. The sub-group themes are: Children and Young People (led by Nicky Crabb from Little Green Pig and Jane Dickson from Artswork), Digital (led by Michelle Donkin), Deaf and Disability (led by Damian Appleby) and Freelancers (led by Anna Alverez).

On 5th November we were joined by Anna Jefferson and Davina Christmas from the Arts Council England South East team to talk about the Developing Your Creative Practice grant programme. You can see the PowerPoint presentation they gave here: DYCP 2020 Ext Presentation_AJ and DC. You can watch the recording of the meeting here the passcode is: H$kBzW4B

Chat box notes from the meeting on 22nd October where organisations who were successful in their Cultural Recovery Fund applications shared their plans: chat box What Next meeting 22nd October 2020 and here is the link to Part 1 of the zoom recording, Part 2 is here.

Notes from the meeting on 8th October: What Next_ BH Minutes.8.10.20

Notes from meeting on 24th September 2020: What Next_ BH Minutes.24.9.20. With Paule Constable from Freelancers Make Theatre Work and Laura McDermott leading a discussion on lobbying and the Comprehensive Spending Review. You can watch a recording of the meeting here using the passcode: Dj!8fM1+

On 6th August we met to discuss the Brighton & Hove Recovery Plan you can access the recording of the meeting here password: #&PJKfW0 You can also read the minutes What Next_ BH Minutes.6.8.20

On 30th July we hosted a meeting with Jon Linstrum and Davina Christmas from Arts Council England, South East. You can listen to a recording of the meeting here using this Access Password: +jC+E4r? You can also access a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation that Davina made NLPG July 2020.

On 16th July we hosted the online launch of the Open Up Arts report, commissioned by the Brighton & Hove Arts and Creative Industries Commission with research undertaken by Brighton People’s Theatre. You can find a recording of the meeting here password: 9E@v^#7!

On 9th July we hosted a meeting with venues and promoters to discuss re-opening plans. Here is the recording. The password is 8P?u2+$8

On 25th June, Toni Darton from Sussex Community Foundation joined us and shared information about how SCF is supporting people in Sussex at this time. Here is the chat box from the meeting and here is a link to the recording. Password: 5S+0=0n9.

Here are the minutes from the meeting on 18th June. And here is a link to the recording. Password is 9Q*4298.

Here are the notes from the meeting on 11th June where Richard Freeman joined us and gave a presentation on the Brighton & Hove discretionary grants programme.

On 4th June Jenni Lewin Turner offered a statement to the group concerning equality and inclusion, particularly in reference to racism. What Next Minutes 04.06.2020 Anti-Racist Resources

What Next minutes 28th May

On 21st May we were joined by the three Brighton & Hove MPs; Peter Kyle, Caroline Lucas and Lloyd Russell-Moyle. If you’d like to watch a zoom recording of the meeting, let me know. louise@louiseb.co.uk You can read the minutes from the meeting here: Whats Next 21.5.20 Final notes

What Next minutes 14th May 2020 with Gavin Stewart from the Business Investment District in Brighton.

What Next minutes 7th May 2020 with Lou Williams from Coast to Capital.

What next minutes 30 April here.

What Next minutes 23 April 2020

What Next minutes 16th April here.

What Next minutes 9 April 2020.

Notes from 2nd April meeting here.

The first meeting in 2020 was on Thursday 26th March and you can see the notes from the meeting here: What Next Brighton and Hove chapter notes from Zoom meeting 26 March 2020.

In 2019 the following meetings took place:

28th Feb: Climate and Culture at ONCA Gallery. The meeting included guest speakers: Ann Light, Professor of Design and Creative Technology at University of Sussex who spoke about her research into how creative practices of all kinds enable transformations to sustainability and pianist Sarah Kingdom Nicolls who shared a taste of of her work on musical activism.

In 2018 we held the following meetings:

Feb: at Hove Town Hall with Val Birchall, Programme Director for Arts, Culture & Tourism at Brighton & Hove City Council focussing on the Cultural Framework for the city.

March: at Phoenix Galleries was focused on how the community can engage in finding solutions for the homelessness in Brighton & Hove.

May: at West Blatchington Nursery and Primary School focussing on harnessing parent and carer power in the city

September: at ONCA Gallery focussing on how arts & culture can impact on climate change communication.

In between the main meetings there have been sub-group meetings following up the conversations on homelessess and climate change. Sign up here.

To sign up to the What Next? Brighton & Hove Climate Change mailing list click HERE