Create Gloucestershire is a collaborative laboratory for change - a space for dialogue, incubation, research and enterprise.


Create Gloucestershire (CG) is made up of a 600+ strong, and growing, network from across the arts and cultural sector; together with a range of strategic partners from across different sectors we think, research, test and share ideas to encourage arts to become “everyday” in Gloucestershire

Our long-term goals are articulated in a Manifesto, which you can view here. It is the first arts development strategy in Gloucestershire led by and for practitioners.

CG is led by a board and team whose details are available below.

CG connects artists, organisations, funders and audiences/participants together in new ways. We encourage dialogue and incubate the ideas that emerge. We then look to share learning and maximise return on investment to drive a new cycle of innovation.  

This collaborative cycle has forged new trust and respect across the sector and spawned a range of ambitious projects and approaches. We have collectively secured funding of approximately £950,000. 

Join us:

You are warmly invited to add your ideas, expertise and resources into the CG mix and join our dynamic and supportive network.  For more details about membership click here.

If you just want to stay informed of the events we organise you can join our mailing list here

OUr Manifesto

Create Gloucestershire brings together a wide range of people committed to developing a world-class arts and cultural offer in Gloucestershire.



Our aim is to put art into the heart of Gloucestershire.  

Each of our members is a unique strand in the rich and diverse arts and cultural sector that stretches across the county. Create Gloucestershire was set up to knit this together into a more coherent offer for audiences, artists and funders.

Our shared ambition is for Gloucestershire to have:


1. A cultural life that is meaningful, fully accessible and affordable to all the people who live here and which is a honey pot for successful businesses and tourists. 

2. A vibrant community of artists who feel nurtured and celebrated from first steps through to international careers.

3. Audiences that are engaged, involved and diverse so that the best artists and companies want to work here.
4. Cultural venues, festivals and events across the six districts that welcome and generate fresh, inspiring and risk-taking work of an excellent standard.

5. First-class communication that shouts about and celebrates Gloucestershire’s cultural life.
6. Culture as a visible and cherished thread that runs through all strands of public policy – social, economic and environmental.

7. An educational opportunity for children and young people that introduces and teaches arts and creativity at school and in other settings with the same dedication that’s given to the teaching of numeracy and literacy.
8. Arts and culture “prescribed” as commonly as medicine, providing a preventative and therapeutic solution for those with health and emotional challenges.


This manifesto is still taking shape and we would be really interested to hear any ideas or thoughts you may have. Please click here to send a comment.

CG Team

Create Gloucestershire was set up by a group of arts leaders in Gloucestershire committed to sustaining the sector during a time of unprecedented financial cuts and political change. They became the original six Directors on CG’s Board, and were subsequently joined by three Independent Directors and two new Directors from CG’s membership.

Create Gloucestershire is driven and resourced by its members. Strategic support and leadership is provided by Pippa Jones, Development Director, with additional coordination from Jay Haigh as Company Manager and Louise Bardgett as Programme Manager.  Design Consultancy is provided by Barney Heywood.


Justin Gregory
- (Independent; Vice Chair of the Board) Head of Arts, SGS College

Tomas Millar
- (Independent) Millar + Howard Workshop

Lucy Sharp
- CEO, Art Shape

Sally Gibson
- Artistic Director, Artspace Cinderford

Ed O'Driscoll
- Executive Director, Air in G

Jill Shonk
- Access & Learning Leader: Gloucestershire Archives

Jill Barker
- Operations and Development Manager: Gloucestershire Libraries & Information

Alicia Carey
- Principal, Hawkwood College

Louise Emerson
- Freelance Consultant

Create Gloucestershire Team

Pippa Jones
- Creative Director

Jay Haigh
- Company Manager

Louise Bardgett
- Programme Manager

Barney Heywood
- Design Consultant

Join Us

Create Gloucestershire has a range of research, development, advocacy and strategy plans for the next 3 years. You are warmly invited to add your ideas, expertise and resources into the mix and in return benefit by being part of a dynamic and supportive network. 

You can join our mailing list by clicking here. This will ensure you hear about the range of events and opportunities coordinated by Create Gloucestershire. 



What is the legal structure of Create Gloucestershire?

CG is a not for profit Private Company Limited by Guarantee, with a Board of Directors.

The Board is made up as follows:
(a) up to eight individuals nominated by the members;
(b) up to five independent directors;
(c) up to two COR directors. (Cultural Organisation Representatives)

Do your funders give you funding so that CG members can deliver projects?






How does CG make sure it is not in competition for funding which could go to Gloucestershire artists/organisations?

CG's stance is to see its role as enabling the right conditions for quality to flourish and help members of its growing network to take the next step.  We see our expertise as a curator of partnerships that can deliver what the funder or commissioner needs. Where we see specific talent, new opportunities for the sector or challenges to quality, we seek to initiate support if it's not being provided elsewhere or seek funding for 'test' projects to trial project that might work longer term.  These project tests are delivered by those in CGs network if they have the correct skill set, or with others if not.  If not, we build in opportunities for our Gloucestershire network to benefit from any new expertise thus building the capacity in Gloucestershire for new and innovative work.

CG also nurtures new funding opportunities for the arts/culture/creativity.  It keenly seeks to expand understanding of the impact of arts and culture outside the sector and thus increase opportunities for artists/organisations to contribute to wider agendas such as social care, housing, health. 


CGs core team is freelance and costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible (e.g. we don't have a CG office, staffing levels change depending on the needs of the organisation).  This means that CG can minimise the amount it requires to operate and therefore reduce its impact on limited funding available to the sector. 

CG currently covers its operating costs via GfA (Arts Council England), earned income for consultancy work and taking a 'fixing and finding' fee from test projects it initiates.  We are pleased to be part of the Arts Council's National Portfolio from 2018 - 22, and will continue to seek the right funding partners for work required in Gloucestershire. 

What is the difference between the CG network, being a CG member or associate member?  I've seen all of these mentioned!

This year we are exploring the idea of 'membership' as we want CG's network to grow to include anyone interested in making arts and culture every day for everyone in Gloucestershire.  The 2 tier membership model - our current legal framework - no longer fully represents the way in which we want to operate as it can feel exclusive and one way, rather than encouraging exchange.  We are interested in galvanising a movement of people interested in what Glos would be like if arts, culture and creativity were everyday for everyone.  So moving forward CG is looking to be a platform where all sorts of really interesting conversations, interventions and learning can happen, and which marshal the best skills, talent and thinking across sectors, hierarchies and disciplines.  This richness and diversity, we feel, is key to quality and innovation.

While we navigate this development with current members and associates, and tidy up our language around 'membership', you may see all of these terms used on our website.