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 Slough Borough Council with Slough Libraries and Slough Museum, Creative Junction and Slough Voluntary Community Service. 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 critical acclaim.
- 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 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 dialogue.
- Equity – opportunities, inclusion, communications and messaging, (roles, risks and responsibilities).
- 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 communities.
- 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 Slough.
- Embed arts and culture in other local strategies, e.g. for health and well-being, social and 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 colleagues
- 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.
With 8 years’ experience of Marketing Management with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Tara Arts, London; Emma is now working as a freelance Arts Marketing consultant and manager on strategy development, tour marketing, branding and digital strategy and implementation. Work includes the Original Theatre Company, Cahoots Theatre Company, The Production Exchange, Park Theatre and The Other Palace. Emma is the co-founder of East Anglian based company The Keeper’s Daughter and a trustee for Metta Theatre.
Ian has over 20 years of experience working in the cultural sector in audience development, marketing, management and creative roles from the London International Festival of Theatre to the Young Vic theatre to Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea Festival. He has programmed digital fireworks that the audience could control, transformed an underground club into a sell-out baby rave and created a mile long domino run through Coventry city centre with the help of Arts Admin, Station House Opera, over 100 volunteers and 4,600 breezeblocks!
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.
Papri studied languages and worked in a newsroom for many years but also worked in radio on drama and arts programmes. She has been a fundraiser for several voluntary groups in Slough and plays in a local community steel band. She is particularly passionate about reading, world music, theatre, foreign films and knitting.