HOME Slough is for anyone who would like to try something new and creative. There are a host of events happening right here in Slough, in places you might not expect – recent events have taken place in the Salt Hill Skate parks, the Queensmere Shopping Centre and along the High Street, and at the Trading Estate. Why not take a look?
You may be involved in the arts in your community already and would like to do more, or you may be completely new to arts activities – HOME Slough is here to help you find things to do, and to support you to get more involved. We support all types of creative activities, exhibitions, workshops and performances across theatre, film, dance, music, poetry and visual art.
HOME Slough’s mission is to increase opportunities and awareness of all the arts in Slough, offering ways for everyone to fulfil their artistic potential. In the next two years we want to increase the number of people participating in arts and culture, building the foundations for Slough’s creative future.
HOME Slough is a consortium of arts and community organisations, lead by Rifco Arts. The consortium comprises Aik Saath, Creative Junction, Resource Productions, Slough Borough Council with Slough Libraries and Slough Museum, and SWIPE. It is funded by Arts Council England and Slough Borough Council.
HOME Slough is part of the Creative People and Places programme, initiated and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Creative People and Places is about more people taking the lead in choosing, creating and taking part in art experiences in the places where they live. There are 21 independent projects, each located in an area where people have traditionally had fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts. Creative People and Places projects have reached over 1.2 million people, 90% of who do not regularly engage in the arts.
- The arts and culture sector in Slough is valued as integral to the
ecology of a thriving community where people enjoy living and working.
- A distinctive world-class programme of arts events produced with Slough
communities attracts audiences, investment, artists and visitors and
- Creative talent is nurtured and developed in Slough.
- Slough’s distinctive approach to arts and culture enables its diverse
social, business and cultural communities to share ideas and express common
values and interests.
- Slough’s cultural life transforms perceptions and aspirations for
residents and businesses.
- Ambition –for artistic programme, engagement and
participation, partnerships, scale and depth.
- Quality – from planning and engagement processes and to
the production and presentation of artistic work.
- Collaboration and co-production - with local people, allies and
partners, innovation and creative talent development.
- Transparency – clarity and purpose, evaluation and
- Equity – opportunities, inclusion, communications and messaging, (roles, risks and
- Empower local people to programme, commission and organise high quality
arts and culture activities that are enjoyable, uplifting and inspiring.
- Generate and support collaboration and co-production between artists and
- Increase attendance and participation in arts and culture activities
- Develop new and existing investment, networks and infrastructure for
creative industries to thrive.
- Transform both local and external perceptions of arts and culture within
- Embed arts and culture in other local strategies, e.g. for health &
well-being, social & economic development, urban regeneration, social
cohesion and inclusion.
We are looking to expand our network of Creative Connectors – volunteers who form a vital link between HOME and local communities in Slough. They help us to make decisions about our programme of events and activities. There is no time commitment and volunteers are encouraged to give as much or as little towards the project as they wish. No background or experience in the arts is needed, just enthusiasm!
What will Creative Connectors do?
- Represent people who live and work in Slough
- Arrange trips to see shows, events and festivals
- Make decisions about HOME Slough’s programmes (see below)
- Be on funding panels
- Tell everyone about HOME Slough activities - friends, family and
- Support events as stewards, guides, hosts, organisers, etc.
- Promote events through social media, word of mouth etc.
Creative Connectors are volunteers (aged 17+). Some have experience and skills in the arts and others do not; they all share a passion for making more arts happen in Slough.
Milan has been involved in theatre production and project management for the past 20 years. Since 2006, Milan has worked as a freelance producer in UK with special focus on new and international theatre.
Eleanor is a freelance arts consultant, working across editorial, communications and journalism. She is Co-Director of Incoming Festival and has done communications work for organisations including the Poetry Society, the British Council and Gecko theatre company. @eleanorturney