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The Team

Culture Northumberland was conceptualised by digital media professional Jason Thompson and Creative Engagement Manager Claire Venus with support from Wendy Scott, Cultural Development Manager at Northumberland County Council in 2020.

Since 2021, Claire has taken a lead on working with the sector to understand gaps in training and knowledge.


Claire works with a Northumberland based assistant to amplify cultural offers across Culture Northumberland's social media channels and is currently programming a series of events to help develop and sustain the sector in a post pandemic world.  

If you'd like to get in touch with us and find out more or suggest content, collaborations or ask a question, please email us.


Claire Venus


Jason Thompson

Other places to connect and ask for support (art form specific)

Northumberland Arts Development (NAD) is a partnership of arts organisations which are funded by Northumberland County Council. Music Partnership North is funded by Arts Council England. NAD includes art form specialists in music, dance, visual arts, literature and drama working across Northumberland. They provide support and advice to the art sector to extend quality participation and engagement and seek opportunities to bring further investment into the county to support development of the arts for everyone. NAD priorities agreed with the partnership are engagement, skills development, excellence and advocacy.


James Lowther and Val Tobiass, Berwick Visual Arts - Visual Arts /

Susie Troup, Hexham Book Festival - Literature


Kiz Crosbie and Helen Ferguson, Mortal Fools - Young People's Theatre /


Kate Lynch, Highlights Rural Touring - Touring Theatre, Music & Comedy 

Fran Castle and Allie Walton-Robson, Headway Arts - National Centre for Arts and Inclusion

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