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Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #3: Nazneen Ahmed

In the final edition of our mini-series, in which we’re getting to know the artist facilitators who will be running our Creative Consultation workshops, we meet Nazneen Ahmed, creative writer and educator.

Our Digital Marketing and Project Assistant, Paige, caught up with Nazneen to gain more of an insight into her views on creativity and creative writing, and of course her plans for the Connecting Culture workshops.

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Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #2: Faye Phillips

Meet Faye!

In the second of our interview series, in which we’re getting to know the artists who will be facilitating our Creative Consultation workshops, we meet Faye Phillips, visual artist and educator.

Paige, Digital Marketing and Project Assistant, caught up with Faye and quizzed her on the big questions about creativity and art, as well as her plans for her Connecting Culture workshops.

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Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #1: Natalie Watson

In order to get to know the Artist Facilitators that will be running our Creative Consultation workshops, we have interviewed each of them to gain an insight into their practice, their roles in the Connecting Culture project and to hear their advice for aspiring young creatives.

First up we have Natalie Watson, contemporary dance artist, who works collaboratively with a variety of arts organisations to create accessible dance for all. We hope you enjoy the video!

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Introducing Connecting Culture

FuzzyLogic Youth Company performing The Beast. Image courtesy of ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.

By Paige Michel-Strachan

Connecting Culture is an innovative, cross-sector project, led by University of Southampton. In my first (on-topic!) blog as Digital Marketing and Project Assistant, I’m going to summarise this huge creative project for you in just a few short paragraphs. Here goes…

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Introducing Paige Michel-Strachan, Digital Marketing and Project Assistant

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoy! 

Paige Michel-Strachan has joined the Arts at University of Southampton team in a temporary role as Digital Marketing and Project Assistant. Paige is going to be helping out on the Connecting Culture project and with the Southampton Cultural Education Partnership with content creation, communications and much more! 

We caught up with Paige to find out a bit more about her – her background, inspirations, hopes and dreams! 

Read on to find out more.

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JOB VACANCY: Youth Voice Coordinator (Connecting Culture and Southampton CEP)


Salary:   £25,217 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Wednesday 13 January 2021

Do you have direct experience working with children and young people to achieve their goals? Are you passionate about arts, culture and creativity and its potential to transform lives? 

We’re looking for an exceptional individual, with the skills, experience, energy and drive to connect a diverse range of Children and Young People to transformative opportunities and support them to influence cultural provision in Southampton that meets their needs and aspirations.

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Artist Facilitators announced for Creative Consultation

Children and young people from across Southampton are at the heart of ‘Connecting Culture’, a ground-breaking project focused on addressing the question of how the city’s thriving Cultural Quarter can enrich the lives of those aged five to 25.

The project begins with an Artist-led ‘Creative Consultation’ with over 350 participants that will provide an insight into each participant’s individual experience of culture and collectively, it will form a picture for Southampton of how children and young people would like to engage in creative activity across the city.

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