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October 2021

SoCo Launches Arts Leaders Programme

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SoCo are excited to be launching a new workforce development and support programme for aspiring creative practitioners. Funded by Southampton City Council’s Community Learning Innovation Fund, the Arts Leaders Programme will support creatives of any discipline/art-form and career stage to gain the skills and experience to develop and lead community arts workshops.

SoCo will work with arts partners across the city to provide training and shadowing opportunities, and participants will be supported to design and create digital resources and online content.  Training will include Safeguarding, Creative Facilitation, Project Evaluation and Trauma Informed Practice.

The programme will run until March 2022, with two cohorts (December-January, February-March).

Engagement with the Arts Leaders programme is free. If you are an artist, musician, film maker, poet or performer and you’d like to broaden your career opportunities, sign up now through this simple form. If you would like additional information you can contact us or email

If you are an Arts Organisation and can offer support and/or shadowing opportunities, please sign up here.



New Directions – a partnership project supported by Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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SoCo are excited to be launching a new project – New Directions. The programme is funded by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and brings together four arts partners and four schools in Southampton, supporting young people to try something new and take part in positive creative activities.

The arts partners will be bringing their engaging activities to young people that would otherwise not engage in cultural opportunities and may be at risk of exclusion, anti-social behaviour or facing challenges with their education. Partners are SoCo Music Project, ArtfulScribe, ZoieLogic Dance and Mayflower Theatre.

The schools taking part are Polygon School, Oasis Academy Lordshill, Oasis Academy Sholing and Redbridge Community College.

Matt Salvage, CEO of SoCo said: “This project is a great opportunity for young people to try something new and be part of a larger programme that will result in a performance at MAST Mayflower Studios. We’ve brought together a great team of arts providers and know that we can get young people on to a positive pathway through music, spoken word, theatre and dance.”

The programme will run throughout the Autumn and Spring terms of the 21/22 academic year.