The Brewtime Collective is a self-organised network of independent creative & cultural practitioners in Preston that wants to create a sea-change by embedding cultural experiences in the lives and expectations of all the people of Preston.
OUR STARTING POINT:
- To be inclusive, sustainable, and build artists’ confidence
- To talk to and learn from each other
- To extend our practice
- To be diverse and to embrace the diverse population of Preston with the rich culture that brings
- To shape Preston City Council’s next 12-year Cultural Strategy
- To raise Preston’s profile as an artist supportive, and supported, city
- To lay the groundwork for a network of practitioners / cultural influencers that can develop the city’s creative and cultural identity
- To organise events and develop a cultural scene to be proud of
- To be the go-to group for artists in the city for advice, collaboration and support.
Anyone who wants to actively shape an arts & culture scene we can be proud of, through improved communication and collaboration, is welcome. We meet once a month, usually the first Friday.
Right now, we’re working closely with PCC’s Cultural Framework Board to develop the city’s 12 year Cultural Strategy and we’re doing a bit of shuffling about with our BREWING UP project in the light of the Coronavirus epidemic.
BREWING UP 2020-21
supported by Arts Council England
Inspired by and feeding into the national / annual Get Creative Festival, Brewtime was planning a 9-day festival of quality art happenings, performances, installations and pop-ups in May... We're now containing ourselves and our excitement until May 2021.
Core members - the Brewtime Collective - currently includes:
- Shirley Bailey (writer, Preston Playwrights, Preston Youth Theatre, Preston Plays)
- Des Butler (multi-media artist)
- Chris Davis (alison, soundskills)
- Stephanie Fletcher (artist/curator, The Birley, & cultural governor on Framework Board)
- Kim Graham (artist, Gold Thread Bobbins)
- Sheridan Z Rawlings (art historian, medievalist, theatre director)
- Denise Swanson (photographer, artist, Oxheys, Making a Mark)
- Bernie Velvick (artist - ArtFull, Preston Black History Group)
Meanwhile we're cracking on with a complementary piece of research to ascertain how Preston’s Creatives currently network and how best we can grow these partnerships. We're currently developing the brief for that. If you 'd like to know more about it, make sure you get in touch via the FEEDBACK page and we'll add you to our e-list.
If you'd like to know what we're talking about right now, we'd be happy to share our thoughts and dreams with you.
Get in touch via the FEEDBACK page and we'll get right back to you.