We fundamentally believe in the power of community and the energy of collaboration.
MAST is a multi-art form creative hub. We are home to outstanding cultural organisations, we support creatively exciting touring companies, and we are aligned with local partners.
Our creative hub is underpinned by a commitment to MAST being a place of collaboration and welcome where participation, performance and creation can flourish confidently and without limits.
Together we present a multi-genre programme of events. Together we will generate opportunities for local people to create work that tells stories for and about Southampton; work that truly resonates with our city’s communities.
Stories that we don’t have the lived experience to tell ourselves will be led by our associates, allies and community members.
We are committed to ensuring MAST better represents our community and we actively seek out conversations, challenges and support to help us confront inequality and be proactive in making changes.
We also work with our partners to support us to be leaders in accessibility.
For more information about the creative hub please contact MAST’s Community Manager, Katie Muncer.
ArtfulScribe is a literature development agency, supporting writers of all ages at different stages of their creative journeys. They offer workshops, live readings, showcases, performance opportunities, residencies and publishing outlets aimed at empowering self-expression and raising the profile of writers and writing at a local and national level.
Artswork activates and amplifies change by, with and for children and young people through a range of creative programmes including: Activating Young Cultural Changemakers – place-making projects where young people lead on creative commissions that make a difference where they live; Activating Creative Learning – training designed to grow creative approaches to learning in classrooms, workplaces and communities; and Activating Creative Careers – initiatives enabling young people to discover and explore creative career options from primary school onwards to post-16 training and Apprenticeships. We’re also working to reduce youth violence through creative approaches.
Founded by Southampton-born, black British broadcast journalist, Veronica Gordon, Our Version Media CIC is a social enterprise dedicated to increasing positive and authentic representation of Southampton’s black and diverse communities. It does so by giving people media and journalism skills to tell and share their own stories.
Southampton Music Hub is delivering life-changing music for every child in Southampton and was founded in 2012. Southampton Music Hub is a growing partnership of local, regional and national organisations, working together to build an inspiring and inclusive programme of music making that reflects the cultural diversity of our city. Together they are dedicated to delivering life-changing music experiences that enrich the life, health and well-being of our children and our community.
Led by Southampton born founding Artistic Director Zoie Golding, ZoieLogic challenges perceptions of what dance is, who it is for and how it is presented. They don’t just make shows and projects for people, but create unforgettable experiences with them. Their mission is to get more people involved in dance, especially men and boys and those less likely to take part in the arts world. They spark the imagination and bring stories to life through touring professional shows and unique dance experiences and nurture talent and place people at the heart of their work.
Led by local singing practitioners Sound Pop Academy is a performance group who engage and guide young people through the diverse world of singing, dancing and performing. They achieve this by inspiring their singers through weekly sessions delivered by academy leaders throughout the region.
OperaUpClose is a national touring opera company, rooted in theatre with partnership and innovation at our heart, making opera of the highest quality with and for everyone. We work at an intimate scale as an active creative choice, distilling the essence of classics into new, contemporary works with their own artistic integrity and excellence. We are committed to breaking down barriers between pit, stage and audience by giving all performers equal agency as storytellers, extending the reach and relevance of the artform with cross-disciplinary and co-creative commissions performed alongside bold re-inventions of established material. OperaUpClose are engaging a new generation in the power of musical storytelling with our operas made with and for very young children, and we actively support new voices within the art-form through our paid Young Associate Artist Scheme for emerging producers, directors, conductors, writers and performers.
With ambition burning in abundance, Burnt Lemon Theatre are a multi-award winning, female-led company who give rise to innovative new musical theatre forms. From riotous gig-theatre to electrifying musicals, they tackle sensitive stories with tenderness, punch and precision.
Fat Rascal Theatre have quickly established themselves as a home for new musical theatre, having produced 7 brand-new musicals and counting. They are a company run by women whose origins go back to youth theatre in Southampton; and they challenge the constraints of being a female within the industry, and discuss social and political issues through an accessible and appealing format to engage a wider audience.
Frantic Assembly is one of the UK’s most influential and best-loved theatre companies. They are committed to making brave and bold theatre, telling stories in voices we don’t always hear and finding talent in places we don’t always look. Their ethos is one of collaboration, of empowerment and of the constant desire to improve.
Rambert is a dance company where brilliant and daring people show up and are supported to push themselves to move the world forward. They believe that to give brilliant and daring people the chance to inspire others is to give them the power to change the world for the better. As one of the world’s most diverse companies of dancers they transform everyday spaces by making dance that is awe-inspiring, adventurous, dynamic, and relevant, and taking it to our neighbourhood, the nation and the world. We want tohear the most exciting and radical ideas wherever they may come from and connect with brilliant and daring audiences and participants from all backgrounds. Through performances; dance and wellness classes and courses for people of all ages and abilities they want to ensure they are inspiring, engaging and relevant to everyone. Rambert’s Chief Executive is Helen Shute and Benoit Swan Pouffer is Artistic Director. Rambert is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
Tangle is an award winning touring theatre company championing African and Caribbean artistic excellence. Since Tangle was founded in 2009, their work has changed the landscape for African Caribbean people. They have enabled over 100 isolated and disenfranchised communities and more than 2,000 professionals access to top quality arts and training, promoting cultural cohesion and tolerance.
ZooNation was founded by Southampton born Kate Prince in 2002 and is best known for its work in theatre, creating full-length narrative dance productions strongly influenced by hip hop culture and music. ZooNation delivers an extensive programme of engagement and talent development, working with different communities and young artists to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence.
Art Asia is an arts organisation that has a long and respected reputation for promoting, engaging, and delivering exciting South Asian Arts across the Southern region of the UK for past 40 years. Our work includes the annual Southampton Mela Festival, classes in South Asian music and dance, Music, dance and drama performances featuring the best local, national and international artists We work with schools, community organizations, statutory and non-statutory organizations to communicate the rich and exciting experience of South Asian Arts to the widest possible audience. Our work aspires to be entertaining, surprising and to celebrate our belief that the Arts of South Asia are universal in their appeal.
City Eye exists to inspire and promote film and digital culture in the region.
Based in Southampton, City Eye support the community, arts organisations, individuals, emerging talent and established talent in the achievement of their filmmaking and digital goals. They achieve this through a wide range of projects and activities including their production work, education offering and screening programmes including Southampton Film Week.
Located a stone’s throw from MAST Mayflower Studios, Solent University enables learners to be work ready, world ready and future ready. They are committed to their role as a civic University and will be playing a leading role in the regional economic recovery of our community from the pandemic, utilising their resources and partnerships to drive economic growth and student success. The University and Mayflower Theatre have a strong history of working together and they are excited to be embarking on this new era together. The hub will provide a unique opportunity to bring together cultural and creative communities, driving Southampton’s cultural renaissance and drive to be UK City of Culture in 20
Fostering Hampshire Children recently launched a campaign dedicated to finding 150 new foster care households across the county by the end of 2023. Entitled #OpenYourDoor, the fostering service are asking Hampshire residents to open their door to a child in care. Rated Outstanding by OFSTED, Fostering Hampshire Children seeks to highlight the accessibility of fostering for everyone – almost anyone can open their door to a child in care. Can you open your door and become a foster carer in Hampshire? Together, we can support Hampshire’s most vulnerable children. To find out more about the campaign and how you can support it, please visit www.hants.gov.uk/fostering/openyourdoor