Coastal Culture Network
Supporting great arts and culture in coastal communities
Culture and the coast are inextricably linked. Always part of the English seaside offer, in recent years, contemporary arts and culture have helped to reinvigorate many coastal towns following the decline of traditional tourism. The potential of culture to be a key driver for regeneration is now widely acknowledged and nowhere is this more evident than on the coast.
Coastal communities often face particular challenges, which have been recognised by Government through the work of the Coastal Communities Alliance and initiatives like the Coastal Communities Fund and support for Coastal Community Teams.
There are some inspiring examples of how culture has helped to address these challenges. Many have been supported by strategic funders such as Arts Council England, who are keen to see good practice spread and more coastal communities benefit.
These factors have led to establishing a new Coastal Culture Network (CCN) that aims to strengthen the network of cultural provision around the coast and see the benefits of cultural activity reach more communities.
Update, September 2017:
The CCN has been running for six months, since its launch at the House of Commons in February.
Our monthly newsletter now goes out to over 350 people, with news, funding and project information, conferences and events, case studies and more. We are happy to receive suggestions for content to email@example.com.
The online forum has 70 signed up members from all around the coast. It is there to support whatever conversations you’d like to start, so do make use of it.
The map shows the distribution of members. Once you are signed up, you can find more detail in the Members Directory.
We are currently looking at the role and future development of the CCN and the kinds of activities members and partners would like to see it undertake. We would welcome any thoughts or suggestions you may have.
- Bring together coastal local authorities, cultural organisations, Coastal Community Teams and others with an interest in the role of culture in coastal communities
- Share good practice, information and opportunities in order to facilitate increased activity
- Advocate for the role of culture in the regeneration and development of England’s coastal communities with partners and strategic stakeholders
Sign up to join the network and our online forum here.
You can sign up for free and members are able to:
- Create a profile
- Search other member profiles to build partnerships
- Access case studies, information and resources
- Receive our newsletter
- Join our online discussion forum
Our Case Studies
Be inspired by great examples of cultural activity in coastal communities.
The Coastal Culture Network has developed out of the Opera For All project, a partnership between Magna Vitae (Project Lead), Garsington Opera and the Coastal Communities Alliance, and funded by Arts Council England.
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A week to go to the first Coastal Culture Network event in Bridgwater, Somerset, on 19 Oct.… https://t.co/ObhMI6Gphj2 weeks ago
Coastal Culture Network events. Come and discuss the role of culture on the coast. Details at… https://t.co/43QBABSDFO1 month ago2 months ago3 months ago
Rain absolutely not stopping play or the discussion. Great to be here talking Culture on the coast in Denmark… https://t.co/bcmQLKghZz3 months ago4 months ago4 months ago4 months ago4 months ago4 months ago4 months ago4 months ago5 months ago6 months ago7 months ago7 months ago7 months ago7 months ago7 months ago7 months ago8 months ago8 months ago
Beach anyone? More about our new network which will bring art and culture to England’s coastlines… https://t.co/y8uDjJolyj8 months ago8 months ago