About the Chapter
The Great Yarmouth Chapter of WN? began after Liam Murphy (Gallery133) had attended meetings at the Norfolk WN? and realised there was a large population on the East Coast of England, in Yarmouth and Lowestoft, who would struggle to attend meetings in Norwich regularly. We began in March 2015, with a small group of ‘reps’ from the Yarmouth Arts Festival, Time and Tide Museum, Sea Change Arts, Voluntary Norfolk and independent local practitioners. Chris Gribble (WritersCentreNorwich) attended an early meeting to bring focus and that focus is currently on growing the arts and cultural scene locally. Currently, WN?GY are working with John Knell in devising an Arts and Culture Strategy for Great Yarmouth and are concentrating on growing the network and deciding where future plans should lie…
With recent developments and much investment into the area, including the Great Places Fund and other Arts Council support What Next?GY is keen to link up with new creative networks which are being established and welcomes all enquiries from anyone interested or working in the local creative economy.
From their beginning, meetings have taken place at Gallery133. St George’s Theatre has recently agreed to share the hosting of these meetings, which take place on average once every 3 weeks. They are essentially round-table discussions and notes are circulated after each. Speakers have been invited recently and these have included, Rob Ramsden (Course Leader BA Commercial Arts GY College), Chris Gribble, John Knell and Paul Cheeseman of Great Yarmouth Borough Council who is leading a Coastal Communities Team concentrated on regeneration of the local economy – another standing item on the WN?GY agenda.