Creative industries form an exciting and dynamic sector in Portsmouth, comprising artists, photographers, musicians, design agencies, writers, videogame developers and much more.

Business support for the creative sector

There are are a wealth of resources specifically aimed at helping local creatives and creative companies: 

  • Follow the links to our pages for more advice on starting up and growing your business.
  • Art Space Portsmouth actively promotes the creation, presentation and access to contemporary art practice through its education and studio programmes. They provide art classes, affordable studios and support artists’ development. 

Portsmouth is also part of a joint bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017.

Celebrate cultural and creative industries in the city

We're hosting a free event to celebrate cultural and creative industries in the city on Thursday 31 January from 8:30am-1pm at Guildhall Studio, Portsmouth Guildhall.

Councillor Steve Pitt will talk about the importance of cultural and creative industries for the region's economic growth.

Professor Trevor Keeble, from the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries, Portsmouth University will talk about the positive impact of students remaining in the city and starting their own creative businesses and graduate employment and enterprise in the UK Creative Industries.

There'll also be key note speakers from successful international creative film, design and music industries who will be sharing their experiences, discussing future challenges and how we shape future growth in the city.

Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport at Portsmouth City Council said: "There's a huge amount of creativity in the city and many cultural and creative industries to celebrate including literature, film and music, art, textiles, jewellery and design. This event is aimed at all those working in or considering starting a cultural or creative business in city. We want to encourage them to collaborate and share their experiences to build a stronger creative and cultural sector for the future."

Sign up for the event on the Eventbrite website

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