In both digital and physical terms Preston's cultural sector needs places to connect, to meet, to share, to collaborate and to promote its innovative, diverse and ambitious creative practice.
A Connected Sector Will...
- Seek and unlock fit for purpose physical spaces for cultural activity in the city.
- Build trust, understanding and skill sharing between creatives, organisations and cultural stakeholders such as the City Council, Arts Council etc.
- Develop strong partnerships which connect policy makers to independent artists and all aspects of the sector in between, not only in a financial sense, but through skills exchange and collaboratively attracting other funding.
- Utilise the new Preston Cultural Framework Board as a vehicle to lead change and development in the city and connect independent creatives and institutions together, working collaboratively, to realise the city's ambition.
- Provide efficient, shared online space to promote events and to reveal the critical mass of activity, which happens in Preston, all in one place.
- Connect to the strong community arts sector, understanding and identifying community values that bring cultures together to form a multicultural society.
- Support grass roots cultural activity in the city through strong independent artist networks.
- Facilitate ownership of shared space and understand the feasibility of longterm cultural venues in the city centre.
- Connect people, skills, knowledge and events in order to create a harmonious, collaborative and enjoyable city
- Provide a coordinated voice beyond the city connecting Preston to other major events throughout the county and beyond.
- Investigate and develop the concept of 'Prestoning', becoming the centre of a creative 'Magnetic North' and the narrative of a 'City of Firsts'.