Gloucester Culture Trust aims to be a spark and a catalyst, which links up our creative and cultural sector and supports it to make things happen. This means that we work in partnership – locally, regionally and nationally – to create, test and deliver projects which will make Gloucester a city full of culture.
Everything we do supports our long-term ambitions, from creating a vibrant city centre with plenty of things to do, to developing the next generation of artists and creatives.
We have six projects underway now:
- Creative Entrepreneurs: Setting up a hub to incubate creative businesses, running networks for our creative community, signposting to training opportunities across the county. Primary partners: University of Gloucestershire and The Growth Hub
- Festivals & Events: We have reviewed all the major events and festivals across the city and are now putting in place an Action Plan (2018-2020) to really put Gloucester’s Festivals on the map. We will work with a diverse range of ‘signature’ and community events, to support them to grow. These include: Gloucester History Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Strike A Light, Tall Ships (Marketing Gloucester) and Kings Jam.
- Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange: In January 2018, we announced a partnership between the City of Gloucester and the Roundhouse, the iconic London venue and charity renowned for transforming young lives through creativity. Primary partners: Gloucester Guildhall, The Music Works, Strike A Light.
- Destination Marketing: Our aim is to grow the visitor economy and promote our heritage and culture destinations through new digital wayfinding totems and the GL Card loyalty scheme. Primary partner: Marketing Gloucester.
- Achieving Regeneration in the City Through Heritage (ARCH): This project aims to enhance the built environment for all and make the most of Gloucester’s wonderful heritage buildings. Primary partners: Gloucester City Council, Project Pilgrim (Gloucester Cathedral), Gloucester Heritage Forum.
- Placemaking: We are exploring how we can use art and artists to tackle long-term urban issues, such as health, education and housing, in new ways. We are working with two major regeneration and economic development projects in the city to test this idea: in Matson and in King’s Quarter. Primary partners: Create Gloucestershire and Gloucester City Council.
Our work is funded through a variety of sources:
Gloucester City Council has provided £20k per year (2016/17 and 2017/18) to help set up Gloucester Culture Trust.
Arts Council England committed £50k in 2016/17 to help set up Gloucester Culture Trust.
In March 2016, Gloucester City Council was awarded £1,489,200 from the Great Place scheme to support a three-year project entitled Gloucester – a proud past: Culture at the heart of an ambitious future. Gloucester Culture Trust is managing this exciting project (2016-2020).
In July 2017, we were awarded £200k by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation towards our Gloucester Roundhouse Exchange, to test this new type of partnership between arts organisations.
Questions?I’m an artist or am involved in a creative or community organisation in Gloucester. How can we get involved?
I’m involved in a heritage organisation or own a heritage property in Gloucester. How can we get involved?
I live in Gloucester and would like to find out more about Gloucester Culture Trust and be kept up to date. How can I do this?
I’m a young person living in Gloucester. How can I get involved?
How will the work of Gloucester Culture Trust impact on existing organisations and events in the city?
Are there opportunities to work on the Great Place project?
What happens to the money you have raised for projects?
Can I still apply to the Arts Council or Heritage Lottery Fund?