Devon County Council Culture Hustings

Mon 10th Apr 2017 at 19:00


On 4th May, there’s an election. This time, it’s for Devon County Council.

60 people will be chosen to represent the County, 9 of whom will be representing Exeter (including Topsham and Wearside).

Since 2010, the Council have funded the construction of Haven Banks outdoor pursuit centre. They’ve prioritised funding arts for instrumental activity – linked to health and wellbeing – whilst cutting funding for intrinsic arts activity. In a pioneering but controversial move, they’ve supported the library service to ‘spin out’ of the Council and be run by a mutual.

We’ve organised a hustings to hear the views of four prospective councillors. We’ll be joined by Yvonne Atkinson (Labour), Andrew Leadbetter (Conservative), Diana Moore (Green) and Vanessa Newcombe (Liberal Democracts).

How will they support Devon’s cultural sector? What are their priorities for investment in culture across the county? Where do they see creativity playing a role in other areas of the Council’s work?

These are some of the broad themes that will be considered when we hold a hustings for the Devon County Elections on Culture and Creativity down at the Boat Shed on Exeter’s quay. It kicks off at 7pm on the 10th April and will last an hour and a half. The event will be chaired by Martin Thomas, Director of Exeter Cultural Partnership.

All are welcome. It’s free but space is limited so you need to register. And bring questions. Or you won’t get the answers you might like.

We will have BSL interpreters at this event

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Tickets: Free