Creative Medway:

A new way forward

Medway’s new Cultural Strategy will be delivered through Creative Medway. This framework has been created in a unique and radical way through an extensive process of Open Space- led consultation with a full cross section of people who live and work in Medway, placing them at the centre of shaping creative and cultural delivery. Creative Medway is open to everyone and we invite anyone to join in and contribute at a level and way which suits them best.

The Creative Congress is a broad group, open to all interested in culture in Medway. In addition to receiving information and invitations to activities, it meets annually to review, reflect and plan.

The five Theme Working Groups each have members interested in developing or delivering on the tasks for each Theme.

Clear Terms of Reference, a Code of Conduct and defined roles help ensure the smooth running of the groups. In particular, we seek to ensure that those with focussed local knowledge and expertise are involved in a co-productive way in this developing process.

Diagram showing the Creative Medway model (click to enlarge)

The core of the delivery mechanism is the Creative Medway Compact. This Group acts to coordinate the Theme Working Groups, monitor the overall performance of delivery of the Strategy and create strategic partnerships with other sectors. It will advocate for Medway’s culture, both within Medway, regionally and nationally. The membership of this group is made up of the five Theme Working Group Champions, five key stakeholders from other sectors, a Facilitator and the Creative Medway Chair.

Medway’s Cultural Strategy will remain relevant and rooted in the local community through an ongoing cycle of setting objectives, planning, delivering activities, assessing results, reviewing and then setting new objectives. Having this process in place allows for ongoing consultation, engagement, reasonable adjustment and transparency so as to support a shared approach in delivery.

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Image credit: © Paul Astley