Cultural Connectors

University of Southampton Arts Ambassadors with Sir Nicholas Serota at the opening of Studio 144, 2018

Ten young people aged 16-25 will be recruited to the project as Cultural Connectors: a dynamic creative research traineeship and cultural leadership programme.

The Cultural Connectors will explore the cultural activity of children and young people in Southampton, working with the research team to:

  • Co-design and undertake research into the activity of children and young people in the city
  • Develop a Young People’s Manifesto and Map
  • Co-develop and deliver a communications strategy and plan focused on children and young people
  • Co-create commissions and programme public events with our Consortium partners

To support their creative traineeship, the Cultural Connectors will undertake training. This will include evaluation, Arts Award Advisor (Discover & Explore) training, workshop facilitation, creative programming and event management. Their traineeships will be underpinned by the Arts Award programme and participants will work towards achieving their Gold Arts Award.

The Cultural Connectors will be involved in inter-regional peer-exchanges, visits, and dialogues with other young people’s initiatives. Where possible, we will work with other young artists to deliver training to the Cultural Connectors, acting as role-models and inspiring youth leadership within the group.