Arts summit to show level of local talent

Abigail Campbell
Abigail Campbell

Artists and people working in culture and heritage are being asked to register their interest in a cultural summit in Daventry this autumn.

The idea behind the summit is to show the Arts Council and other funders the talent and the level of skill in the district.

The event is being organised by local councillor Abigail Campbell who works as a cultural consultant.

She is to be supported by the chairman of Daventry District Council, Cllr Catherine Lomax, and by Chris Heaton-Harris MP.

Cllr Campbell said: “We all felt that there was such a lot of fantastic arts activity going on, but much of it under the radar.

“We want to shout about it, and create new opportunities for support and investment.

“We’ll be inviting the Arts Council and other funders to ​attend the summit to show them what we’ve got to offer, and talk about what we need as a district.”

Cllr Campbell has previously programmed arts festivals in Braunston, Birmingham and Daventry and used to work at the Arts Council.

In 2011 she organised an event with Terry Waite, John Waite and Sir John Tusa to celebrate Daventry’s links with the World Service which was part of the first ever Daventry Arts Festival.

The summit has been welcomed by Weedon based novelist Judith Allnatt, who said: “A summit for artists and arts organisations would be a wonderful opportunity! When artists meet, the sparks of new ideas fly but it’s the enablers who feed the flames.”

Anyone with an interest in taking part in the summit should contact Abigail Campbell by emailing, call her on 07989 421836 or ​