creative interests in South West England has been launched by culture
secretary Chris Smith.
The South West Regional Cultural Consortium, holding its first
help the region make the most of the opportunities that cultural,
sporting, tourism and creative activities have to offer, and to forge
links between them.
The consortium, chaired by Adrian Vinken, chief executive of the
Theatre Royal Plymouth and Plymouth Pavillions, is made up of
representatives of local government, local business and regional
agencies working in the arts, heritage, tourism, libraries, sport and
archives, as well as individuals from the creative industries such as
film and television. It will contribute to discussions on the way
national lottery money is spent.
Mr Smith, who is also visiting Sherborne House, Montacute House, a
multimedia company and an arts centre, said:
'Much of the South West is rightly known for its attraction to
visitors from all over Britain and around the world. But it also has
great cultural traditions such as St Ives as a centre for artists,
the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a wealth of history across the
region, from Stonehenge to Land's End.
'Together with new developments, often funded with the help of the
Millennium Commission and national lottery, they make a major
contribution to the quality of life which makes the region so
attractive. The consortium is a tremendous opportunity to build on
those strengths and help them flourish for the benefit of everyone.'
Adrian Vinken said:
'The consortium will aim to advocate and support cultural interests
throughout our region. Across public, business and voluntary sectors.
By promoting partnerships it will help increase cultural
opportunities and improve the quality of life available to both local
residents and visitors to the area.
'We want to ensure that our strategy for the region is informed by
the views of both those working in the cultural sectors and the
general public. We will consult widely to ensure that everyone has
the opportunity to contribute to guiding the cultural future of our
1. The chair of the consortium is appointed by the secretary of
state for culture media and sport. Members of the consortium are
nominated by regional cultural and sporting bodies, and local
government. The consortium may invite other members to join from
other interests such as the creative industries, the voluntary sector
2. The membership of the consortium is as follows:
Chair: Adrian Vinken - chief executive, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Paul Brough - regional archivist, 'Groundbreaker', Plymouth
and West Devon Records Office
Councillor Robin Bush - Somerset CC
Sue Clifford - director, Common Ground, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Caroline Dudley - chair, South West Museums Council
Pauline Dyer - head of libraries and heritage, Wiltshire CC
Elizabeth Gass - South West commissioner, English Heritage
Edward Gillespie - managing director, Cheltenham Racecourse
Alan Livingston - chair, South West Arts
Councillor Andrew May - Bristol City Council
Jeremy Payne - managing director, HTV West
Stella Pirie - chair, GWR (West) and Endeavour International
Councillor Pat Roberts - deputy chair, West Country Tourist Board
Councillor Norman Thompson - Restormel Council
Viv Vines - chair, South West Sport