& What Next?


What Next is a national conversation led by the artistic community


What Next? Southwark

Deborah Mason, independent artist and Rebecca Manson Jones, Artistic Director of Just Jones & co-ordinate the What Next Southwark group. We’ve been a bit quiet lately on the Southwark front and we’re working on a bigger Team London approach with the Chapter chairs from other London Chapters. If you’ve got a burning desire to get going on a topic post the Referendum, let us know: Hallo@justjonestheatre.org.uk

What is What Next?

What Next? is a movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations, individuals working in the arts/culture and the public who enjoy them. Spread all across the UK, we aim to  articulate and strengthen the role of culture in our society. We want to involve everyone  in new and different conversations about how and why the arts are important and become a catalyst for fresh thinking and new policy ideas.

What Next is working with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to investigate the role of artists in civic life. More news soon.

Current themes being discussed and action being taken on : Climate Change, the Refugee Crisis, EBacc, Local Authority cuts and the change to commissioning.

Our guiding star:

  • To encourage everyone in the UK, as individuals and as communities, to see connections between the many different ways art and culture affect and enhance our lives.
  • To urge everyone to register their endorsement of – and pleasure in – their art and culture, especially where these are under threat.

We have a diverse list of members who meet regularly in local ‘chapters’ to share enthusiasms, ideas and information. What Next? operates as a movement.   We all speak for ourselves rather than with “one voice” but, as a national movement, we coalesce around the highest common denominator of ideas and needs that we can act on. Find out more about What Next?

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