Our People

People are at the heart of our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.

Drawn from different parts of the city (and some from further afield), they represent the diverse voices and cultures of our welcoming and inclusive city.

Stacey Heale

Writer & Curator

I think Southampton inspires artists and creatives, by the diversity of the space. It's not just about the city centre, it's about finding these little tucked away spaces that have these great music stores or really interesting music venues or little galleries.

Tommy Jessop


My message to the city of Southampton is: believe in yourself and follow your dreams and ambitions in life. Who knows where it might lead to.

Kristianne Drake

Community & Arts

“When I think of culture in Southampton, there’s house shows, poetry, mosaics on walls, skateboarders in Guildhall Square, big gigs in tiny little spaces, artisan bakers, small exhibition spaces with work made by young people and the community hanging on the walls. There’s just so much; it’s just endless really”.

Larry Kazingizi

Youth Coordinator and MC

I think a lot of people don't understand or don't realise, that Southampton has so much to offer. Filmmakers are coming from Southampton, graffiti artists, MCs. We have so much to offer. And I am well excited about what this town could potentially be!

Peter Hull MBE


Whatever you want to do, you look hard enough, and there is something for everybody. Culture isn't just about your religion or where you're from- it's what sport you do, what art are you in interested in, it's the way you live your life.

Lynda Walton

Community Rep

Because I’m Southampton born and bred, the motivation for my voluntary work comes from having a love of the residents and the city.