Creative Network South is a network of organisations working to develop the creative economy in South Hampshire.

The network is made up of organisations in the private, public and education sectors, and working together to support the development of the creative economy, improving employment, employability and entrepreneurship in the region.

The sector includes music, theatre, film, commercial design, architecture, crafts, art, and radio – all the industries that offer the opportunity to create something different and new.

Our aims are:

  • To support the growth of Creative Businesses
  • To encourage people to develop careers in the Creative Economy
  • To act as an advocate for the creative economy

History

Creative Network South (CNS) was established 2012 in response to the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) creative industries development framework.

Our achievements include:

Business Support – Recently, CNS has established a partnership with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to develop sector specific business support for creative entrepreneurs using the Solent Growth Hub.

Workspace – in partnership with the arts organisation “a space”, CNS has established a network of studio providers supporting over 300 artists and creative businesses.

Employment and Skills – CNS has supported the Youth Arts Development Agency “Artwork” to develop a range of programmes to create pathways to employment including pre-employment initiatives, apprenticeships, and paid internships.

Our aim and ambition is to drive a sector led approach to creative industry development in South Hampshire.