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.

Our Priorities

  • 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

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

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.

The network is being coordinated and developed by Hastings Borough Council. To express your interest in being involved, email Polly Gifford at ccn@hastings.gov.uk

Learn more about the Coastal Culture Network

Members

Sign up to join the network and our online forum here.

Our Case Studies

Be inspired by great examples of cultural activity in coastal communities.

Join the conversation #CulturalCoast

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Sackville Commons Sackville Commons @CoworkSackville

Are you interested in helping develop food tourism in our region? Here’s a rad even for you! #culturalcoast https://t.co/BANwMNWgIZ

3 days ago
Arts Council England Arts Council England @ace_national

Beach anyone? More about our new network which will bring art and culture to England’s coastlines… https://t.co/y8uDjJolyj

3 weeks ago
Coastal Communities Coastal Communities @CoastalCA

and thanks to Abi Collins for bringing hoops to House of Commons! Haven’t seen that before! #CulturalCoast https://t.co/CdovCwzNn3

4 weeks ago
Coastal Communities Coastal Communities @CoastalCA

Thanks to our speakers at Coastal Culture Network launch @ House of Commons @dyer023 @andrewcomben @magnaVitaehttps://t.co/kwlyFHz14f

4 weeks ago
Rebecca Blackman Rebecca Blackman @RebeccaBlackma6

Great speech by Jennifer Mckie of @LMSlincsmusic at the #CulturalCoast launch today in Westminster

4 weeks ago
Rebecca Blackman Rebecca Blackman @RebeccaBlackma6

Great speech by Jennifer Mckie at the #CulturalCoast launch today in Westminster @LMSlincsmusic

4 weeks ago
Amy Richards Amy Richards @avr28

#Falmouth is a prime example of the positive impacts arts & culture can have on a coastal community @ace_nationalhttps://t.co/HZC108HnSx

4 weeks ago
Arts Council England Arts Council England @ace_national

Bringing art and culture to England’s coastlines. More about our new network which launches today!… https://t.co/EFZzvvPzgI

4 weeks ago
Rebecca Thomson Rebecca Thomson @RTpromotes

@dyer023 wonderful start to the week! It’s a brilliant initiative, reviving coastal towns with culture #culturalcoast . Good luck!

4 weeks ago
Laura Dyer Laura Dyer @dyer023

Looking forward to speaking on behalf of @ace_national at House of Commons this afternoon for launch of #CulturalCoast

4 weeks ago