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Recent research suggests that the creative industries sector contributes a massive £76.9 billion to the UK economy every year which accounts for £8.8 million per hour. Through a mix of specialist creative hubs and development programmes backed by local, national and European funding agencies, Eastleigh Borough Council promotes new business start-ups and growth in the creative industries.
Online resource for artists and creative businesses
Whether you are an artist, a creative business owner or just want to find out more about the local creative industries sector in Eastleigh Borough then the Creative Eastleigh website is for you. Join our mailing list, add your profile to promote your arts or creative business, learn about our creative hubs and find out about the latest news, events, training and opportunities.
Creative hubs in Eastleigh Borough
Both The Point and The Berry Theatre offer an exciting programme of training and professional development across various creative disciplines. The Point offers apprenticeships in technical theatre, work placements and internships in dance, drama development, events management, PR and marketing. The Point has a leading Associate Artist Scheme for new companies working in dance, theatre and digital media. The are award-winning rehearsal facilities at The Creation Space and affordable offices for arts and creative businesses at The West Wing Studios.
Eastleigh's specialist studios and production house at The Sorting Office provide state-of-the-art facilities to some of Hampshire's most innovative artists and designer-makers. Eastleigh Business Centre at Wessex House is also home to Tec Hub which is a co-working and event space for practitioners working in games, technology, digital media and film.
University research partnerships
Eastleigh Borough Council takes an active role in supporting research into arts, culture and creative industries. In 2010 the Culture Unit assisted with a research dissertation at the University of Southampton which was later awarded a prize from the Regional Studies Association. Between 2011 and 2016 the Culture Unit also supported a PhD research programme at the University of Winchester.