Culture Board

The One City Culture Board was formally launched at the June 2020 City Gathering. It came about in recognition of the need for a connected approach to protecting and delivering the cultural capital that we hold in Bristol. Our culture underpins everything that we do as a city and will be a key enabler in our work to meet the One City 2050 vision.

The role of the Culture Board is to work alongside existing One City boards to deliver the ambitions set out in the ‘Our Culture’ narrative within the One City Plan.

The Culture Board will seek to ensure:

  • the sector as a whole is supported and helped to recover and rebuild following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,
  • inclusion and increasing diversity are at the core of all activity and at the heart of the culture of each board,
  • a commitment to breaking down silos between sectors,
  • open communications between boards when tackling systemic challenges or maximising opportunities,
  • they support thematic boards in reviewing and updating the One City Plan on an annual basis; ensuring culture acts as an enabler across the six themes,
  • a representative from the Board participates in the quarterly monthly multi-board sessions enabling a culture of cross-sector working as well as reporting key offers and asks to the city leaders breakfast group.

Membership and frequency:
The Culture Board is a core group of 20-25 members that will represent key business networks and sectors within Bristol. Meetings will take place every 6 weeks in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the city’s cultural and creative sector.


Cllr Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance (Co – Chair) (Bristol City Council)

Lynn Barlow, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Creative and Cultural Industries Engagement, University of West of England (Co – Chair)


 Name Business or Organisation
Dr Anna Rutherford Architecture Centre
Gary Topp (Arnolfini) /Robert Leckie (Spike Island) Arnolfini (Place shared and meeting attendance rotated with Spike Island)
Jaswinder Singh Asian Arts Centre
Rema Mukena/Osei Johnson Babbasa
Rob Mitchell Black SW Network
Pat Hart BCFM
Charlotte Geeves Bristol Old Vic
Fiona Francombe Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Eve Russell Bristol Pride
Stephanie Marshall (BBC)/ Sacha Mirzoeff (Channel 4) BBC (Place shared and meeting attendance rotated with Channel 4)
Billy Alwen Cirque Bijou
Natalie Moore City of Film
Shagufta Iqbal and Elise Hurcombe DIY Arts Network
Mohammed Djama Hassan Freelancer
Carolyn Hassan Knowle West Media Centre
Dan Deeks Motion
Emma Blake Morsi Rising Arts
Matthew Tanner SS Great Britain
Latoyah McAllister-Jones St.Paul’s Carnival
Tom Paine Team Love
Emma Harvey Trinity
Donald McTernan  Ujima Radio
Mary Luckhurst University of Bristol
Clare Reddington Watershed

Board Agendas and Minutes

13 January 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

07 December 2020 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

22 October 2020 – Culture Board, Minutes

15 September 2020 – Culture Board, Minutes