“The cultural and creative economy is what makes Bristol unique. It is the city’s beating heart bringing life into all of our communities.
It isn’t what we do – it is who we are.”

The One City Culture Board was formally launched at the June 2020 City Gathering. It has been set up 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 Culture Board is to be a supporting Board, working with all the existing One City Thematic Boards to ensure Bristol’s cultural and creative sector is a key driver in delivering the aims of the One City Approach and the One City Plan goals.

We celebrate Bristol’s stories and our uniquely diverse and vibrant city, with the many different voices that make up our population. Our arts, culture and creative sectors reflect this landscape and encourage more opportunities, spaces and programmes to help the industry now as well as developing future generations of local talent.

To read the Terms of Reference and the full vision statement for the Culture Board, please click here.

The Culture Board works 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 are supporting the 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 multi-board sessions enabling a culture of cross-sector working as well as reporting key offers and asks to the City Leaders Group.

Membership and frequency:
The Culture Board is a core group of 20-25 members representing key business networks and sectors within Bristol. Meetings 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/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
Rasheed Bello/Osei Johnson Babbasa
Rob Mitchell Black SW Network
Carly Heath BCC – Night-Time Economy
Pat Hart BCfm Radio
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)
Lawrence Hoo CARGO
Billy Alwen Cirque Bijou
Natalie Moore City of Film
Shagufta Iqbal DIY Arts Network
Elise Hurcombe DIY Arts Network
Sisi Miller DIY Arts Network
Med Jama Freelancer
Carolyn Hassan Knowle West Media Centre
Ben Phillips Hippodrome
Olivia Ware Many Minds – Arts and Health
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

11 May 2022 – Culture Board, Agenda

03 November 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

22 September 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

30 June 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

19 May 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

7th April 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda and Minutes

24 February 2021 – Culture Board, Agenda 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