SE15 Creative Networking Events
The SE15 Creative Network provides a networking opportunity for creative people working in the arts and creative industries within the Nunhead and Peckham area.
The network is funded by Southwark Council and is part of I Love Peckham development programme 2009/10. Southwark Arts Forum (SAF) manages the network.
SAF will host a series of meetings as part of this network. If you would like to receive invites to SE15 Creative Network, please become a member of SAF
For more info on SE15 Creative Network please contact us
1st Meeting: Tues 17 November 2009 @ Peckham Library, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Facilitated by Edward Birch, Director of SAF
• Anya Whitehead. Head of Culture, Southwark Council
• Anila Ladwa. Culture Development Officer (public art and events), Southwark Council
• Michael Carnuccio. Team Leader Planning Policy, Southwark Council
• Francis Thorburn. Talented local artist
Discussion points (this is not a full list but designed to give a flavour of the meeting)
SE15 Website discussion
• Consultation clearly needs to be continued before and during construction
• Any website must be easy to use (access info, search, look good etc.)
• Need to make a distinction between using a website to 'market & promote' SE15 and, using a website to share info and provide an online service
• Need to involve all forms of media, including radio
• Need to discuss a marketing strategy for any website
• Big need for a directory?
• Should resources be put into a marketing person whose role would be to upload all info to existing marketing sites and to forward to publications like Time Out rather than a website
• Website could highlight creative sector that is unknown as creative mapping of the area has not been carried out
• Is this replicating SAF's website?
• The website needs to start small and grow through input, ongoing consultation, and need.
• ILP image/brand considered by most as positive and useful
• There is still a need to portray SE15 in a positive manner
• Real result will be if home and car insurance premiums are reduced
• Membership of network to be 'open' - any relationship with SE15
• Some of the themes from previous meeting (3 years ago) continues to be the groups focus - Communications & Promotion, Collaboration, Programming & Events
• Example given of how individuals have made the first step (very positive and useful)
• Example of a local resident, non-artist becoming involved in local activity and becoming a 'social sculptor'
• Partnerships seen as key and on all levels
• The available small grants funding must be used to release additional funding (match funding)
• Potential for the network to collaborate when considering the best allocation of the small grants fund
• Not enough done to assist 'young' visual arts graduates
• Suggested an on-line communication between the network and between the networking events
• Is there a need to find ways to accommodate grass roots art from cultural groups as the focus is generally contemporary institutionalised work
• Need to find ways for people to feed comments to the network who might feel intimidated to speak in public meeting
• Deptford are starting a 'First Thursdays' - ACE funding for map - is this something that can be extended to Peckham?
I Love Peckham Background
I Love Peckham was first piloted in 2004 as a small weekend festival in Peckham town centre, aimed at celebrating the area’s diverse creative community and was funded through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
By 2008, I Love Peckham grew to be a weeklong festival, offering a range of supportive creative platforms from which to profile local talent. Activities took place in 45 venues and spaces around SE15 culminating in an outdoor weekend festival in the town centre engaging local artists, schools, shopkeepers and local business, community and voluntary groups and venues, with audiences of over 5,000, up to 300 artists and over 2500 young participants.
In 2009, Southwark Council and Southwark Arts Forum aim to establish I Love Peckham as a creative portal to better serve Peckham’s blossoming cultural quarter and to initiate the much needed SE15 creative network.
I Love Peckham has profiled SE15’s creative community to a London wide audience and raised local aspirations through successful marketing of the brand. It has been instrumental in encouraging new creative spaces, generating models of best practice and influencing cutting edge creative projects in open and disused spaces. It has also encouraged artists to work with local businesses in town centres and continues to attract new creative partners to SE15.