WINCHESTER City Council is inviting local artists and creative businesses to get together at the inaugural meeting of a new cultural network.

The council is keen to foster the creative arts as a way of boosting the local economy.

The creation of a local network was a key recommendation in the council’s cultural strategy which was approved earlier this year.

The plan is called the Culture, Innovation and the Creative Economy strategy.

The network will provide  a number of opportunities, including information-sharing, collaborative working, joint funding bids and lobbying. 

It is planned for meetings to take place once every two months.

Each event will be organised by a different cultural organisation, such as the Theatre Royal, Umbrella, the University of Winchester and Winchester School of Art.

The first meeting takes place on Monday, September 15 from 6.30pm at Abbey House.

The theme of the first meeting will be creative workspaces, with many local artists keen to find space for production, rehearsal, work, shopping and displays.